A collection of four quality 1980s hair sides with Lucite beaded embellishment “new old stock”
CONDITION: good vintage condition with acceptable wear
AVERAGE SIZE: 4 ins w x 2 ins h (10 x 5 cm)
APPROXIMATE DATE: 1980s
MATERIALS: metal, Lucite beads
Here is a collection of four qood quality large barrettes dating from the 1980s. They are made from encrusted Lucite and metallic beads. All are old/new stock and have never been worn. They fasten with a modern French spring clip which is in good condition.
The costume jewellery industry flourished in the 1980s, and women experienced a new freedom and confidence to wear frankly fake fashion jewellery. In fact, the bigger and glitzier the better!
The fashion hallmarks of the decade were big shoulders, big hair and co-ordinating costume jewellery. Hair was teased and ratted out, and 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. 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.
The final picture is taken from contemporary fashion illustrations and shows the hair accessories and hair dressing of the period.
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Four hair barrettes good quality 1980s Lucite beaded hair accessories (AAD)