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Russell Eaton Style The Great Gatsby

Autumn will see the release of the long awaited Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of the novel, The Great Gatsby – the book was written by the famous author F.Scott Fitzgerald and is regarded as a literary classic. Northern Ballet are also now underway with the tour of their latest production of The Great Gatsby and our creative team have been busy styling, cutting and maintaining some gorgeous 1920s styles especially for their dancers.

The book is set in the roaring 20’s and follows a life of the New York glitterati, it was an era filled with decadence and glamour, the show will mirror this with heavily beaded costumes, head dresses and elegant hairstyles. Fashions from this decade have been spotted on the catwalk for the last few seasons, we have been seeing heavily beaded shimmering gowns, draped shoulder capes and even smart pant suits making an appearance, 

The 20’s was well known for its stylish women and equally as groomed gentlemen. Suits were sharp, and attention to detail was important, Men’s hairstyling has seen a huge comeback recently with the use of gel, side partings and a much more sophisticated image returning to the guys of today. This has seen a large increase in the demand for quality barbering and regular visits to the salon including good after-care advice in products and at home styling. The women mostly wore their hair cut short, in sharp bobs which were often worn sleek with a head dress with those famous kiss curls sneaking out of them or would be dressed out for more formal affairs by pin curling and finger waving, whatever the style there was always a structure to it.

In anticipation of the upcoming ballet many of the dancers have embraced the opportunity for a change. Northern Ballet asked Russell Eaton to cut and style the dancers hair for the production and we jumped at the chance of being able to create so many new looks. The famous 20’s bob is one of the most stylish cuts around and is quite the change for most of them as the job usually requires longer hair that is normally pinned back into a secure bun, the girls are really enjoying being able to flaunt their new styles on stage and in the press, we recently worked on a feature for the Yorkshire Post, the fabulous clothes were supplied by Harvey Nichols in Leeds and are some of the latest fashions in store now. The shoot itself took place in Bibi’s, the perfect setting with its amazing Art Deco feel and spangling dance floor, not to mention its famous Bellini, a cocktail most popular in the 20’s.

Definitely worth a visit especially to see the hair!!!

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