High fashion has at last turned for inspiration to the floor of your barber shop. Dutch design student Iris van Daalen is making jewelry out of hair — bracelets, headpieces, epaulets, and the like.
Granted, the hair’s synthetic. (Does that make it grosser? Like you’re wearing someone else’s weave? We’re not sure.) And the idea here is less a celebration of hair than an attempt to control it. “I am irritated by the unruliness of hair,” van Daalen tells us. “A bad hair day or a walk in the rain and there is nothing left. … I want to capture hair in a new way.”
So she combined fake locks with plastic to make one-off pieces that package hair in a “flat and graphical” way. Ostensibly, that’s supposed to be more appealing than natural frizz, except that in person, these things are a fright. We saw them at the graduation show of the Design Academy Eindhoven, where they debuted recently, and they looked like someone accidentally ironed the cat.