Thursday, June 13, 2002
In search of the perfect bob, in the Philippines
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?
Copyright thomas gladysz / Louise Brooks Society
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