Wednesday, 2 December 2015



Evans, G. (1990). Elizabethan-Jacobean drama. New York: New Amsterdam.
Doran, S. and Jones, N. (2011). The Elizabethan world. Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.

Hattaway, M. (1982). Elizabethan popular theatre. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul.


Elizabeth. (1998). [film] United Kingdom: Shekhar Kapur.
Elizabeth: The Golden Age. (2007). [Film] United Kingdom, Spain, France: Shekhar Kapur.

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Sunday, 29 November 2015

Project Evaluation

Overall I have found this project both challenging at times yet also really rewarding. To begin with I was quite unsure how and where I felt this project was going however the more research I collected and tasks we completed the easier I found it to create and envision new ideas about where I felt the project was going. In my opinion the turning point in my process of collecting ideas came about when I began researching modern hairstyles with Elizabethan features and I came across catwalk collections from a variety of designers and their models appeared to have hairstyles that were heavily inspired by Elizabethan styles. When finding these it allowed me to think of how I would interpret Elizabethan hairstyles and another important part in the progression of my ideas came when we began looking at bridal hairstyles and I came across the waterfall braid. I thought this specific style of braid was beautiful and loved how simple it was to create such a beautiful piece in someone’s hair. The combination of these two factors allowed me to develop and produce a variety of ideas that eventually turned into my final idea that I wanted to use for my outcome. Once I had done this it was time to swap ideas with my partner and begin our practice, it was really nice being assigned a partner as she was someone I hadn’t really spoken to before but we found that we got on really well and really well together. At first we both found each other’s designs quite difficult however the more we practiced the easier we found it. I think my partner execute my design really well and even though I would have liked it slightly differently I still believe she did an amazing job. Even though I had done plenty of practice and tried my best I was quite unhappy with how I executed my partners design, as I know I could’ve done better as it had done during some of our practices. I feel that I may have put myself under too much pressure on the day and that if I had relaxed it may have gone better. However I know for next time what I would do differently and how I can improve. All in all I have loved the challenging aspects of this project and found it really interesting to look at some of the historical aspects of hairstyles and how it has influenced modern fashion trends. 

Friday, 27 November 2015

Final Images and Evaluation - My Partner's Design and My Assessment

In general I found this creating and executing my partners design a lot more difficult than I had first anticipated. Her design was really beautiful and we both knew from the beginning that there was one aspect of her design that I would find really difficult to replicate, this was the roses that she wanted around her hairline. From our first practice session together we began trying out different ways to make these roses, using google and asking Lottie for her help and advice, Lottie’s advice was the best and most helpful and her process of making the roses is the one we chose to use and move forward with. The process involved taking two even segments of hair and coating them completely in hairspray, waiting for it to dry slightly and then slowly teasing a pair of straighteners over the two segments individually. This made the two segments extremely hard and stiff, yet I was still able to shape them into the shapes that I wanted. I rolled one up in a spiral shape and gripped these into place and then wrapped the other side in the opposite direction to the spiral and then gripped this firmly into place and set it using a lot of hairspray. Repeating this all along the hairline for each rose. During my practices I seemed to get better at this and found the outcome was better each time, however during the assessment for some reason I found it really difficult and struggles greatly in creating the roses. I think it may have been due to stress and worry, as I was rather stressed about this assessment piece. After spending a lot longer than I intended on the roses I decided it would be best if I left them to set and came back to them closer to the end, to make any finishing touches and hopefully fix them slightly. I then moved onto crimping my partner’s hair. In her design she wished for her hair to be really smooth from the roots until the top of her ears, where she wished for the crimping to start. I found the crimping part of this design really easy as I just needed to section the hair and crimp each segment. I was quite happy with the way I crimped her hair and how I managed to get the line going around her head quite even, I feel that this was the part I was proudest of. Overall I was left quite unimpressed with myself and the outcome I had created, as I knew I could do better and had done in my practices. Even though I knew I could do better and it wasn’t the best representative of my work, I felt the photographs didn’t come out too badly and I was pleased with hoe it looked on the images. I know that if I were to do this again I would try and not be as stressed, which may not be easy, however if I had been more relaxed I know it could’ve gone much better and I would’ve been happier with my outcome. 

Friday, 20 November 2015

Final Images - My Design and My Partner's Assessment

Overall I was extremely happy with how my final design came out and was so happy with well my partner executed it, as I thought she did an amazing job. I feel like the finished look of the hairstyle turned out just as well as I had hoped and looks really beautiful when photographed. Even though I thought it was beautifully executed there were a few small changes that I thought could have been made or minor faults with how my partner executed the look. For example, the crimp was meant to go along the line of the braid however my partner didn’t manage to get it low enough down and some of the crimp went too far up and could be seen above the braid right at the very back. I feel as though this is the only major fault I had with the execution of my design and even my partner felt the same way. Other than that there was a minor change I might have made and that would’ve been to make the waterfall braid a bit larger and perhaps more defined. However I don’t think it was a major fault and I was still extremely happy with how well my partner handled the waterfall braid, as I know she found it quite difficult at first but the more she practiced the better she became and I couldn’t fault her resilience in trying to execute it to the standard that she did. Therefore I was extremely pleased with my designs outcome and my partner’s extreme hard work and determination as I feel she executed my design beautifully. 

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Hair Consultation Notes: My Partners Hair

  • Hair Length: Mid-length 
  • Scalp Description: Normal
  • Condition: Healthy
  • Natural Texture: Straight
  • Density: Thick 
  • Hair-loss or scalp related conditions: None
  • Allergies: None
  • Natural / Bleached / Dyed: Dyed Blonde

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Practice of my partners design:

Due to the difficulty of the roses in my partners design I felt that I needed to practice it a few times to ensure that I can recreate it successfully and that it looks as good as possible. I found the most effective way of creating the roses was to use the method of using two separate pieces of hair, hairspray and straighteners, then twisting the strands into place and again setting it with more hairspray and leaving the pins in until it has gone stiff. Here are the results of my practice. 

So far this has been my most successful practice and I feel as though this is the best the roses have looked out of all of my practices. I feel like I have finally come to grips with this part of the design and the rest will hopefully fall into place, as I feel most confident with the crimping and styling off the rest of it. I hope that during the assessment practical it goes as well as it has during my practices and that I can create a successful and complete hairstyle to the standard my partner wishes for it to be. 

Monday, 9 November 2015

Practice 2:

When practicing my partners design a second time around it was much easier, as I knew how to create the roses in a way that worked well. However I still need to practice further for it to be just as she wants it. I also need to use much smaller hair grips, so they’re less visible and can slide into the hair much easier. I was much more impressed with it this time as I had practiced the roses myself before the lesson and then found it easier to apply the style to my partner. I feel well prepared for the assessment and feel that I will be able to create the style of hair that she wants. 

Sunday, 8 November 2015

Marc by Marc Jacobs Autumn/Winter 2013-2014 Catwalk

The hairstyle chosen for this collection reminds me greatly of Elizabethan hairstyles and I feel as though it may have been inspired by the Elizabethan period. The curls, frizz and volume remind me greatly of the ideals for Elizabethan beauty in that era. In the images the curls have been frizzed out and backcombed, to add more texture and volume, which I believe has made it more appropriate for modern fashion trends as it’s not as tight and structured as the Elizabethan hairstyles. I feel like these hairstyles are really feminine and beautiful and can easily draw connections to the style in the Elizabethan era. 

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Vivienne Westwood's Spring/ Summer 2013 Collection

In Vivienne Westwood’s S/S 2013 catwalk for her collection her models hair were styled in a way that reminded me a lot of Elizabethan hairstyles. Many of the styles worn by the models were different, however in my opinion they all seems to have some connection to the hairstyles that were fashionable in the Elizabethan era. Ranging from frizzed up-dos to curled and eccentric looking frizzed hair. The shape of some of the up-dos resembles the style of the Elizabethan era, as they are often large and rounded, with some appearing to be slightly heart shaped, iconic to the era. The body and texture of the hairstyles is the biggest component that reminded me of Elizabethans. They were renowned for their body and texture in their hair and I feel it has been recreated in a contemporary way brilliantly in these styles. I love the use of messy frizz and this is something I aim to have recreated in my design. 

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Practicing my partners design

Practice One:

My partner designed her final look to have a sort of crown of roses made from her hair, going around the front of her head and for this to follow her hairline down to her ears. She then wanted the rest of her hair crimped, from the top of her ears to bellow and for this line to follow around her head and for the hair at the top of her head to be almost slicked down. She then said that she would like to add an adornment to her hair, where the crimp meets the slicked down hair and that this will be the divider between the two sections of hair. 

I found this hairstyle really challenging at first and it took a long time for me to get to grips with how to do the roses. I have never previously done anything like this before and it was really difficult, however after looking online for different tutorials on how to create these roses I gave it a go. We attempted many different techniques with many not working however towards the end we found a technique that worked particularly well. For the technique that worked, I needed two sections of hair and for them to be of an even size, then spraying one section with hairspray and coating it. I then took straighteners and heated this section and then eventually straightening it properly, causing it to be stiff. I repeated this with the other section. I then took one of the sections and twisted it around, causing it to spiral. Then I rolled it up and pinned it into place using hair grips. Then I took the other section and wrapped it around the looped piece of hair and pinning this in place again. After repeating this and creating a few roses, we decided that these looked the best and that we would use this method again. After spending a long time on the roses, we decided to try the crimping. As I have done a lot of crimping before I found this straight forward and easy. To complete the hairstyle we decided to quickly pin some pieces of hair, even though we wouldn’t do this in the final design, it was merely done as a test to see how it would look when replaced with adornments such as jewellery. 

I need to practice creating the roses as this is the only thing I drastically struggled with, however now that we have found a technique that works I can use this and practice it myself and hopefully get to a good enough standard for the final assessment. 

Sunday, 1 November 2015

Corrie Nielsen Autumn/Winter 2011

The style of hair presented on the catwalk greatly reminds me of the hair that was worn throughout the Elizabethan ere, ranging from the styles of the upper-class and monarchy to the lower/working classes. The braided and tightly curled up-dos remind me a lot of the styles worn by the working class in Elizabethan times, not much height or texture however beautiful detail in the braiding and tight curls that have been delicately placed in an up-do. Whereas the more extravagant styles strongly remind me of the hairstyles of the upper-classes and monarchy, very frizzy, wild and some of the shapes slightly resemble a heart shape, a key feature in the style of Elizabethan hairstyles. I love how the styles are all different, yet very feminine and beautiful. 
Elizabeth I (1998) and Elizabeth The Golden Age (2007)

These still are taken from the films Elizabeth I and Elizabeth The Golden Age which were based on the life of Elizabeth I. The hair in the films is an amazing example of the Elizabethan ideal for beautiful hair. Many people saw their queen as a style icon and copied her look from her clothes, makeup and hair. The hair in both films is a great example of the hair as the styles all have plenty of body, texture, curls, frizz and shape to them, whether that is a rounded shape or a heart shape. The hair in both of these films also are often adorned with decorations another key feature of Elizabethan hair, and they would adorn it with things like pearls, hats, crowns or jewels. The hair stylists in these films recreated really beautiful Elizabethan hairstyles.  

Saturday, 31 October 2015

Initial Ideas:

Idea 1:

After completing the bridal hair challenge, I found that I really loved the visual given off by a waterfall braid and decided that I wanted to use this within my final hair design. I think it’s really modern, fashionable and because of this I was eager to include this in a hairstyle combined with Elizabethan aspects. Another aspect I wanted to include in my final design was crimped hair as I think it looks extremely Elizabethan and I adore the texture, frizz and volume that it ads to any hair. Every time I’ve used crimped hair I have loved the outcome that it had produced and I knew from the beginning that this is something that I would like to use. I was particularly inspired to use this in my final design when I found images online of the Oscar De La Renta 2012 S/S catwalk in which many of his models had frizzed hair and I thought that it looked beautiful a long side his work. After picking my two favourite aspects of styling I hair I then put them together into one design. 

I decided on having the a middle parting, almost slicked down and really straight until the tops of my ears, when a waterfall braid would section this slicked down modern look from the frizz that I wanted from the bottom of the waterfall braid down to the ends of the hair. I then wanted this crimp to be brushed out and backcombed in areas so that it really stood out against the slicked down top half of the hair and separating braid. I also wanted either a broach or necklace at the middle of my hair at the back where the braids would meet, to cover the meeting and joining point.  All of these aspects put together are the idea for my final design and the next step is to swap ideas with my partner and start testing out each other’s designs. 

Idea 2:

Even though I had already decided on the hairstyle that I wished to use for my final piece I decided to have another design that I could use, in case there were problems with my original design. This is one of the other design that I created. For this hairstyle I wanted two French plaits going down from a middle parting at either side of the face. Then when it got to just the top of the ears, it would then go into a normal plait which can be wrapped around the back of the head and meet in the middle.  With the top of the hair being well backcombed yet smooth on the top so that there is plenty of volume. Then when it gets to the plait, or just above the ear, I would like that to be crimped and then brushed out slightly and backcombed again, so that there is plenty of frizz and volume.  I feel like this design is also a modern twist on old hairstyles and even though I really like this design I won’t use it for my final design as I prefer my first design by far and feel like that is the best contemporary take on an Elizabethan inspired hairstyle that I could create. 

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Practice of the waterfall braid:

After the technical lesson I decided that I needed to practice creating a waterfall braid more and went home and recreated the braid on my Katie head. I found that after a few attempts that I had managed to grasp how to create this braid and as I started it again and again the results became much better and it was a more uniform look, with each braid looking more and more similar. To create this braid I used the same process as during the bridal hairstyle technical session. I was very happy with these outcomes and I feel comfortable recreating this look on other people now. 

Monday, 26 October 2015

Inspiration for my hair design:

I find that looking at images online often helps me come up with my own ideas and I went to my favourite website and app Pinterest and found lots of inspiration. There were variations of other people’s ideas and interpretations of Elizabethan hairstyles and many of them have helped me to form some of my own ideas. For example I find that the images where they have used lots of frizzy hair are my favourites and I love that look. In my opinion it comes across as a fantasy hairstyle and is quite dreamy and is something that id quite like to re-create myself. I also love the looks in which they have used intricate plaits and multiple braids however I’m not sure how I could change these so that they look more contemporary and less traditional. I feel that using this and creating a mood board of images has been really useful in inspiring me and has definitely given me some ideas that I’d like to try and figure out whether they work and how they may look together. 

Bridal Hairstyle Practical

When we were first given the brief I began by collecting a variety of images from Pinterest and other image sites and searched for wedding hairstyles. I found a number of hairstyles that I liked and was interested in testing out. Some fit the brief perfectly and contained curls and a plait or up do of some sort where as some only contained certain aspects of the brief.

Here are the images I worked from: 

I decided to take inspiration from a few of the images and create loose waves and have a waterfall braid coming from either side of the parting on my partner and then meeting at the back of her head. 

  • I began by sectioning my partner’s hair into small thinner sections so that it would make curling a lot easier and quicker. Starting from the bottom and making my way up through her hair. 
  • Once all of my partner’s hair had been curled with the curling iron I began with my braid.
  • To create the braid I started with two small sections from the front of her head.
  • Then I began the first step of a French plait however when going to take in the third piece of hair I picked up one small section, of a similar size to the two pieces I was already using, and then once it had been looped into the plait I let go of it. 
  • Then twisted the original two pieces in the style of a plait again and then taking another small section of hair and then dropping it again.
  • I followed this routine to the centre of my partners head and then repeated this on the other side. 
  • I gripped the ends of both plaits into place using hair grips. 

Final Outcome:


Overall I was quite impressed with this hairstyle as I haven’t previously attempted a waterfall braid on hair before and I was excited to try it out. I had difficulty using the curling iron when curling though as I am used to using a curling wand and found that I often got kinks in the hair when using the iron. This gave the hair an unusual look in my opinion however I know that when I do it again I will be sure to use my own curling wand as I amused to it and know how to work it correctly. I then tried the waterfall braid technique and found it came quite easily with the curls in the hair and the curls actually helped with the sections. I thought it looked quite good at first however when I went through to try and fix the curls it caused one side of the hair and that side of the waterfall braid to slip slightly and I feel it ruined its overall appearance. I think in future I know how I would do it differently for example I would use my own curling wand as I prefer the curled results so much more than using the irons. I would also make sure that I didn’t have to make any adjustments after the braid was complete as this ruined its overall look when I tried to adjust the curls. I would also change it by including an adornment such as flowers or jewellery to add an extra element to the style and cover the hair grips that I used to place the braids. I feel like this would complete the look and bring it all together into one complete style. In general I was quite impressed with the look and I k now that with more practice I can improve this look vastly. 

Monday, 19 October 2015

Elizabethan hairstyle on a partner:

For this hairstyle I decided to crimp the front of my partner’s hair, backcomb it and then shape it using a hair rat. Then with the back of her hair I decided to create a twist bun. 

The Back

The Front and Sides


Overall I was quite impressed with how this hairstyle turned out as I have never styled anyone’s hair before, other than my own and the manikin doll. At first I was scared to bring the crimpers too close to my partners scalp and burn her, however as I got more confident with them I was able to get much closer to the root and without hurting my partner. Another aspect of this I found difficult was working with the uneven lengths of hair, as many people have layers in their hair, unlike the manikins head which is relatively even throughout. However I think as I get more used to working on with a partner it will become easier for me and I will be more comfortable with using heat and teasing their hair without hurting them. When thinking about the overall appearance of the hairstyle I was quite happy as this is my first attempt at styling a person’s hair and I feel it went quite well. I was also surprised at how quickly I managed to create this look, as it only took me an hour to create it, however I believe that this may be due to its simplicity. I hope that as I grow with confidence with styling a person’s hair that I also grow in confidence with my designs and that they possibly become more extravagant as the course continues. 

Sunday, 18 October 2015

National Portrait Gallery 

Queen Elizabeth I, by an unknown English artist. 

Queen Elizabeth I, by an unknown continental artist.

 Mary Queen of Scots.

Anne, Lady Pope with her children, by Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger

During a recent trip to the National Portrait Gallery I made note of the different hairstyles I saw in portraits created during the Elizabethan era. As expected the styles were flamboyant, with what appeared to be lots of texture coming from frizz and curls, beautiful red colours and a range of adornments in their hair. These are all things I perceive to be iconic of the period, with many taking their style inspiration from the queen and her iconic red, curled hair. If I were to recreate a traditional Elizabethan style I would use these portraits as a base inspiration and work from these, looking at the shapes and textures that are visible in them. This would help create an authentic Elizabethan style.