The Helen Oppenheim Hair Fashion Photo Archives hope to inspire you, to view hair fashion history, as you’ve never seen it before.
The archives include photos I have taken backstage at New York Fashion Weeks for over a decade, featuring the world’s top hairdressers creating for New York’s fashion designers who didn’t insist on a ponytail or a boring bun. Many collections include how to get the look in easy steps; others feature the best of the best hair ideas, by the best. The archives are not only about bold face names, famous fashion designers or celebs, although there are plenty of all of them. They are about ideas to inspire anyone interested in style or hair history, the media, tv/film/theatre researchers and, of course, the hair and fashion worlds.
There is text under all of the photos of all albums, usually different text, sometimes but not often the same text and some photo and text treasures are at the end of an album, also a few videos. This is not a website to skim through fast. Take your time. These are Archives, not just about the hair but also about makeup, fashion, accessories and photography.
The Archives feature world-famous hair collections by La Coupe, on and off from the late 1960s to the mid-1990s … Vidal Sassoon, from 1979-1981 … The John Sahag Workshop, 1985-1986 and from 1994-1997, and more, much more …
The photo campaigns, much-copied and internationally-famous at the time, include photos I art directed, produced, conceptualized (both the hair and photography in many), then marketed and cross-marketed during my years as in-house Creative Concept and Public Relations Director Vidal Sassoon Salons USA/Canada, and La Coupe USA/Canada, working with some of the most innovative hairstylists ever, from New York and, before that, from Toronto and Montreal, the latter a very hair aware city at the time.
The hairdressers, photographers, makeup artists and I gave our guts to produce these photos, the world recognized the talent then, and we hope you will now. We always tried to innovate, not copy, and spent night after night perfecting ideas and for the hairstyles to work on more than just a few. Most of the La Coupe hair from the 60s and 70s was considered avant-garde when first released, now I am proud to say most don’t seem that way at all, and have stood the test of time – some have cult status, with subtleties in the narratives recognized by more and more people.
The archives are a Work in Progress, and will probably take forever, literally; I may never be able to complete them with all the hair history in my vast Hair Library. I have years of exciting Fashion Week photos on film waiting to be digitalized, for example. As time progresses, I will add more photos by international hair stars from the late ’60s to today, hair at industry shows in ShowTime, Bridal Hair (both on ThisThat pages) and some amazing work I have collected in my archives as a journalist over the decades, and hoarded. Stay tuned…
It is our intention to give credit where credit is due. We have made every attempt to do so. We have presented the photos, some over 40 years old, as meticulously as is possible. Upon request, we offer to have any inaccuracies corrected and add any necessary information.
Photo: Hair Antonio da Costa Rocha, La Coupe, 1986. Photo: Geoffrey Hargrave Thomas
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