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Paris museum explores significance of hairstyles through the agesStylish quiffs, sharp cuts, Mohawks and wigs – have we always paid so much attention to our hair? A new exhibition at the Musée de quai Branly entitled ‘Cheveux Cheris’ (Dear Hair) in the French capital says we have from as long ago as 21,000 BC.

A fascinating collection of stunning artefacts from Africa, Oceana and Latin America help provide a solid spine for the exhibit, which maps out shifting fashions and codes and why people grow or shave it.

Displays range from a 14th-century statue of Mary Magdalene, with distinctive locks falling to her ankles, to the vibrant curly styles of the 20th century screen age sported by the likes of Brigitte Bardot and Ava Gardener on giant portraits. The exhibition explores the semantics of styles and what they stood for.

One of many exhibitions taking place in this stunning city, it represents a brilliant day out for culture vultures heading for a break in one of the fine hotels in Paris, the perfect base for a memorable European vacation.

Image credit: Charles Giraud (1819-1892)

 

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