Antonio da Costa Rocha In Action – 1977

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

Antonio da Costa Rocha in Action - 1997

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


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

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