Material

Human hair

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Made in

Biodegradable 241 Fair Trade 11 Fibre 68 Human material 18 Recycled 125 Textile 96 Human hair 9

Human hair
Human hair
Human hair
Human hair
Human hair
Human hair
Human hair
Human hair
Human hair
Human hair

Photos: Alix Bizet Studio

Hair Matter(s)

Tamed, shaved, dyed or straightened, hair is a material that has been used by humans for centuries to construct a portrait of themselves. Human hair is coiffed and styled to be a social indicator between individuals to communicate their status and cultural affiliations. Although hair’s original state is characterised by richly diverse textures and colours, our idea of hair has been steadily standardised over the years by the cosmetics industry, media, and social conventions, making it akin to a uniform.

Hair Matter(s) is a platform for understanding hair as a medium to talk about the diversity of individuals and how it is essential to address the subject of democracy and equality of all hair types in society. For this project, comprised of three jackets and headpieces made from human hair; designer Alix Bizet exaggerated the hairstyle of the models through the pieces, to shape it as a trophy and claim visibility in an increasingly standardised society.

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Ingredients

Human hair

Physical samples

  • 0097-1

  • 0097-2

  • 0097-3

Accessible to participants at the Jan van Eyck Academie and during Open Studios.