The Connection Between Fashion and Food

A woman with A swirl of hair alomng side a photo of lemon semifreddo

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?

A woman with orbs in her hair alongside a photo of cream-filled macarons

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?

A woman with a pink fluffy hat that looks like the pink coconut sno ball in the accompanying picture

Perhaps this shouldn’t come as such a surprise. It’s hardly the first time food and fashion have collided. Think skirt steakPotato 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.

A woman wearing a shawl with huge braids that looks like the braided challah in the accompanying picture

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?!)

A woman wearing a hairstyle with black and white boxes in it that looks like white squares of homemade marshmallows in the accompanying picture

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.

A woman with a hairstyle of tights squiggles and curls that looks like a ladle of squiggly, curly mac and cheese in the accompanying picture

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.

A woman wearing a hair mader of bold loops that looks like a pile of Indian fried dough, or Jelebi, in the accompanying picture

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

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