Monday, February 15, 2010

The Hair Club for Presidential Men.

Do you recognize these dos? It's a folicular history of our fearless leaders. The Times' Op-Art column takes a look at the styles of our men of substance. Penny Howell Jolly, an art history professor from Skidmore, gives a great translation of what their hair was saying. From relaxed styles usually followed relaxed politics. Powdered wigs were rejected as signs of the old, upper-crust. Facial hair signaled virility when times were tough. Now, a new style entirely is another sign of our unprecedented president.

Not to be left behind, the First Ladies are given similar hair treatment.

It's amazing that you can recognize an entire person--era, beliefs, politics, and all--based on their hairstyle. Check out the full feature here.

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