Ever find yourself flicking through glossy magazines or clicking through Pinterest boards in search not of dinner but of pre-salon hair-spiration? Ever notice how some of the coiffures seem strangely familiar? Distressingly, yet deliciously, familiar?
Happens to us all the time. One moment we’re focused on our ‘do, the next our mind is wandering to dessert. And that’s when a nagging suspicion begins to form. Are these pigtails purloined? These feather cuts filched?
Perhaps this shouldn’t come as such a surprise. It’s hardly the first time food and fashion have collided. Think skirt steak. Potato ruffles. Even (forgive our poetic license) choux pastry. Besides, fashion and food, like music and poetry, are subject to the whims of an elusive creative muse. As with any art, that muse can lead one into questionable territory, independent invention being the very slightest of conceivable sins. (Have you forgotten Lady Gaga’s infamous meat dress?!)
So after quite a lot of time spent pondering which came first, the chignon or the kaiser roll, we’ve come to the conclusion that it’s likely each evolved around the other—style and sustenance as inextricably intertwined as the strands of a French plait. After all, a well-turned braid is a thing of beauty, be it hairstyle or challah. Whatever their history, we appreciate food and fashion equally. Well, almost equally.
Not quite convinced of the relationship between couture and cuisine? These photos are more convincing than mere words could ever be.
Photo research by Beth Price