Thursday, June 13, 2002
The Philippine Daily Inquirer, from Manila, recently ran a story titled "In search of the perfect bob." In it, the reporter discusses her own quest for the haircut, as well as a bit of it's history.
The popularity of the bob knows no bounds. Neither does its identification with Louise Brooks. Both are worldwide phenomena!
It has been a long debate on who actually started the classic bob. But American Hairdresser magazine, in an article on March 1, 2007, “The Way We Were,” credited dancer Irene Castle for the bob, which used to be called “Castle Bob” in 1915.
There was also the tale of an unpopular girl whose life changed after she got her new bob, as told in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s short story, “Bernice Bobs Her Hair,” published in the Saturday Evening Post in May 1920.
Others credit the bob to Coco Chanel or the American dancer and actress Louise Brooks, with her ebony black, blunt bob with bangs.
Anna Wintour has been sporting the page-boy bob since she was 14.
Why is the ’do still popping up to this day?
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Launched online in 1995, the Louise Brooks Society (www.pandorasbox.com) is a web archive and intl fan club devoted to the Jazz Age movie star known for her bobbed hair and role as Lulu in the classic silent film Pandora's Box. Brooks is also a character in the recently released film, The Chaperone, from PBS Masterpiece. This blog is authored by THOMAS GLADYSZ, Director of the LBS. Send announcements or material to share to the email address on the profile page.