Fringe Fashion

A homage to the fringe

the front part of someone’s hair, cut so as to hang over the forehead


In American English, the fringe is known as bangs, this term most likely hailing from bang-tail, meaning the practice of cutting horses’ tails straight across.

Linking ancient and contemporary style, featuring in two of my favourite fashion decades – the 1920s and 1960s… the fringe is all at once cute, serious, fun and smart.

Perhaps the most famous fringe is the Ancient Egyptian beaded fringe wig as illustrated by Elizabeth Taylor playing Cleopatra

Silent Screen icon Louise Brooks, was celebrated as The Girl In The Black Helmet by Kenneth Tynan in his New Yorker essay of the same name. Brooks became instantly recognisable by her bob and the fringe which was fashionable throughout the 1920s. The discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1922 set off a revival of all things Egyptian style, including that fringed hairstyle mentioned above.

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The Girl in The Black Helmet - Louise Brooks

Fringe fashion continued into the 1960s when The Beatles brought the fringe back, in Mop Top hair-style

A ceramic Pic-Plaque produced by Proudholme Products, featuring portrait illustrations of The Beatles with their facsimile signatures. Image from

I had to include Audrey Hepburn, whose fringe accentuated her winsome features

As a final fringe example, Uma Thurman as Mia Wallace in the 1994 film Pulp Fiction. The character’s look connects retro and contemporary cool, what style!

Uma Thurman as Mia Wallace in the film Pulp Fiction. Image:

It seems that happily for me at least, fringe fashion will not fade fast

my fringe