NotebookMay 1, 2007 By: American Salon Staff American Salon
Her haircut was the perfect metaphor for her cunning sexuality. The bob, originally inspired by Joan of Arc, was invented in 1909 in Paris by the hairdresser Antoine. It was popular in literary circles in Bloomsbury, London, before World War I, and later more popular in the Roaring '20s. In 1924, the razor-cut shingle bob was introduced. In 1927 Paramount Studios dubbed their version the "Louise Brooks bob": a combination of cuts from Pola Negri and Florence Vidor to Colleen Moore, who wore her cut in the 1923 hit Flaming Youth. This bob featured Moore's cut in front, Negri's side effect and the Vidor rear ensemble. A 1926 publicity still for the film A Social Celebrity shows Brooks in a barber's chair. Adolphe Menjou is about to give her a trim. Since the 1960s, the Brooks bob has never gone out of style; it's now worn by Vogue editor Anna Wintour. To see what all the fuss was about, rent Pandora's Box in its 2006 re-release and be transfixed.