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Haircuts are magical configurations. Part performance art, and part identity, they are the most ubiquitous, and intangible form of fashion there is. Everyone does something with their hair. It is combed, curled, coloured, cut, plaited, straightened, swept up, tied back, decorated, and shaved. And even when the choice is to do nothing, a definite sartorial statement is being made. From a psychoanalytical perspective, hair is one of the very few body parts that can be freely touched and played with in public, thus forming a conduit for the subconscious. It manifests repressed and latent thoughts. Anthropologically, head hair is treated as conceptually opposite to body hair. Women often cultivate their head and body hair in opposition to men and vice versa. Sociologically, the growing or cutting of hair may relate to control. Where long hair stands for social freedom or defiance. And short or covered hair is a sign of social regulation, obedience and conformity. And because the sexes often choose opposing hair strategies it may be a marker for gender and sexuality as well.
This ongoing project aims to freeze the fleeting and explore hair’s cultural properties, symbolic representations, regulations and rituals within the microcosm of a fashion school.