A collection of six rockabilly design hair combs from the 1980s
CONDITION: good vintage condition with expected wear
APPROXIMATE DATE: 1980s
A collection of six post modernist design hair combs from the 1980s comprising one matched pair and four singles.
#1 matched pair striped crescent combs measure 2¼ ins h x 3 ins w (5.5 x 7.5 cm)
#2 faux tortoiseshell crescent comb measures 2¼ ins h x 3 ins w (5.5 x 7.5 cm)
#3 pink black oval design measures 2½ ins h x 3 ins w (6 x 7.5 cm)
#4 pink swirl design measures 3 ins h x 4 ins w (7.5 x 10 cm)
#5 pink/black asymmetric design measures 2½ ins h x 3 ins w (6 x 7.5 cm)
The costume jewellery industry flourished in the 1980s, and women experienced a new freedom and confidence to wear frankly fake fashion jewellery. In the USA Television shows like Dallas and Dynasty epitomized an era of glamour and decadence. The fashion hallmarks of the decade were big shoulders and big hair which was teased and ratted out. This ‘big’ hair cried out to be balanced by glitzy jewellery in gilt settings with huge fake looking stones. Hair accessories of the period were certainly neither small nor delicate!
After languishing somewhat during the 1970s plastic jewellery again became fashionable in the 80s. This coincided with the vogue for collecting early bakelite and other vintage jewellery. The plastics used for jewellery and hair ornaments in the 1980s were not only smooth but textured as well. Stripes and polka dot patterns were popular, in addition to those imitating animal prints. All the colours of the rainbow were employed to create a dazzling effect.
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6 Rockabilly hair combs 1980s fun designs hair accessories