Dancing Hair, Elegant, Romantic – 1986

Posted by on Nov 13, 2014 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Dancing Hair, Elegant, Romantic – 1986

Photo: © Geoffrey Hargrave Thomas

Dancing hair by the great Antonio da Costa Rocha of La Coupe has never dated, although it was created, with huge success, in 1986. False hair was braided, twisted and twirled to wrap around the head for a romantic, elegant evening, giving flattering height and width to the head. Some of the braids had colors entwined. So many great photos in the album, a how-to, and the video that inspired the iconic style.  More Dancing Hair, click here:

Hair: Antonio da Costa Rocha, La Coupe, New York/Montreal …  Makeup: Honey Twigg … Fashion Stylist: Aleta Wolfe … Dress: Oscar de la Renta …  Model: Carol Dlugos/Ford … Photo: Geoffrey Hargrave-Thomas … Produced by Helen Oppenheim


Naughty Knottie. A Chic Chignon – 1978

Posted by on Jun 19, 2014 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

 Naughty Knottie, A Chic Chignon– 1978

Photo: Lorraine Sylvestre

This photo of an asymmetric knotted chignon was published in US Vogue, September, 1978. One naughty knottie was higher than the other and wisps flirted on the forehead.

Antonio da Costa Rocha of La Coupe, who created this unique chic chignon, had good looks, great manners, charm and his talent made him the darling of New York Society Ladies, as well as a famous beauty editor or two, and a few famous movie stars …

Hair: Antonio da Costa Rocha, La Coupe New York/Montreal … Model: Melissa Hargraves … Photo: Lorraine Sylvestre


Antonio da Closta Rocha In Action – 1977

Posted by on Apr 27, 2014 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Photo: Lorraine Sylvestre

Photo: Lorraine Sylvestre

Eighth in a series featuring the talent in action working on photos in the Archives.

Antonio da Costa Rocha, The King of Chignons, was beloved by the society ladies and major press in New York and before that in Montreal.  The Portuguese-born hairdresser, always an original, created chignons like no one else. Before he sadly passed away, far too young, he even published a book, on poetry.

Here, he is concentrating as he worked on his Swim Knot in 1977. (The photo was sent to me by the model, Oksana Dykyj, in 2013. )   One image from this Collection was featured in Italian Vogue, albeit small, but there!

For more on Antonio’s Swim Knot in the MishMash album, click here     Also, check the website – HairThen, La Coupe, 70s and 80s –  for more hair history and albums with Antonio’s innovative chignons.

Photo: Lorraine Sylvestre


A Collage Mistake, Revisiting Favorites – 2011

Posted by on Apr 22, 2014 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Dancing Hair Photos by Geoffrey Hargrave Thomas … Origami Hair Photos: Helen Oppenheim

Dancing Hair Photos by Geoffrey Hargrave Thomas … Origami Hair Photos: Helen Oppenheim

Sometimes, mistakes can be beautiful.  Right, a collage which just happened, a mistake.  But so interesting, I thought you’d like to see it.  Top and to both sides are photos from the website cover (Dancing Hair, La Coupe’s Antonio da Costa Rocha, 1986) and center are photos from Carolina Herrera’s Mercedes-Benz NY Fashion Week Spring 2011 (Orlando Pita’s Origami Hair.)  All photos just happen to be my all-time favorites.  Revisited, the Origami Hair to left, a beautiful innovative hair idea,  the kind of hair not seen often enough at NY Fashion Weeks!

For more Dancing Hair and a video of Fred and Ginger Dancing Cheek to Cheek in Top Hat, click here:
For more Origami Hair, backstage photos, more versions and fashions, click here: 


Détente – 1974

Posted by on Feb 23, 2014 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Photos: © Serge Beauchemin

Photos: © Serge Beauchemin … Collage: helenoppenheim.com

The references for these interesting photos were Détente, Russia’s bid for a peaceful co-existence, in 1974 (!)  and the 1974 hit  Roman Polanski movie “Chinatown” which featured Faye Dunaway with some wonderful wavy hair.  Both influenced La Coupe for this famous Collection.  For more hairstyles and info on the photos, Click here: 

Hair: Kim Lepine, waved by Antonio da Costa Rocha, La Coupe, Montreal, l1974 … Makeup: Electa & Corrado … Black Cossack Tops created by Cassar, Lily Simon for La Coupe … Rings: John Warden … Cigarettes: Sobranie Russian Black … Model: Beverly Abazar … Photos: Serge Beauchemin
Concept/Fashion Styling/Produced  by Helen Oppenheim, with apologies for the Cigarettes, something I’d never use today in a photo!  I had some fun with the prop styling, take a look at the details …



Swim Knot – 1977

Posted by on Jul 5, 2013 in Helen's Blog | 2 comments

Swim Knot - 1977

Photos: Lorraine Sylvestre

Antonio da Costa Rocha, La Coupe’s King of  Chignons, created the Swim Knot Collection in 1977. The hair looked as good wet as dry.   He recommended making the chignon with wet hair, then letting it dry naturally.  He made a Naughty Knottie dead center at the front, and rolled the sides.  For one version, he wrapped the head with 3 strands of braided elastic going through the Knottie.  The photo
far right made Italian Vogue and that’s Antonio at work on Oksana the model bottom left.  For more Naughty Knotties, go to HairThen, La Coupe, scroll along MishMash on www.helenoppenheim.com

Hair: Antonio da Costa Rocha, La Coupe, Montreal … Swimsuit: Marilyn Brooks, Toronto … Model: Oksana Dykyj …Photos: Lorraine Sylvestre


First French-Braiding in Modern Era – 1976

Posted by on Jun 21, 2013 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

First French Braiding in Modern Era - 1976

Photo: Lorraine Sylvestre

Do you know your hair history?  The first French braiding of the modern era was created by Antonio da Costa Rocha of La Coupe in Montreal, in 1976.

The idea was instantly copied and popular all over the world. French Braiding became an ongoing classic from this time on.  Here is the half-up, half-down version. For more and info, click HairThen, La Coupe, 70s on www.helenoppenheim.com

Hair: Antonio da Costa Rocha, La Coupe, Montreal … Makeup: Electa, Electa & Corrado, Montreal … Model: Michele Scarabelli … Photo: Lorraine Sylvestre … Fashion Styling//Produced by Helen Oppenheim


Hairbrained Sunday News – 2013

Posted by on Mar 19, 2013 in Helen's Blog | 5 comments

Hairbrained Sunday News - 2013

Carol Dlugos 1986 and 1992

Two La Coupe photos of the lovely Carol Dlugos made Hairbrained’s Sunday News. Left: Kim Lepine’s
Forties on a Roll, 1992. Right a Pascalain Gianello Collage  with Antonio da Costa Rocha’s Dancing Hair, 1986.
Photo left: – Lorraine Sylvestre
Photo right: Geoffrey Hargrave  Thomas