From That Eyeliner Flick To The Beehive: How Amy Brought The Fifties Back!

25 July 2011

All the right elements were there; the strong flick of eyeliner, the ever-increasing beehive, the full lips and the headscarves but Amy Winehouse's look was all her own!

Diana Ross and The Supremes

The Ronettes, Martha and The Vandellas

She looked for inspiration at the incredible wave of female soul and rock n' roll artists that shook the Fifties and added a new, fresh, 21st century edge to it all. Sure, Diana Ross and The Supremes, The Ronettes and Dusty Springfield among many, made the beehive big, cool and mainstream for a young generation of girls around the world but Amy's was the biggest and baddest of them all!

Dusty Springfield

Amy often cited Billie Holiday as her most significant influence and the music legend's penchant for wearing flowers in her hair resonated with Amy's soulful, formidable but sensitive character. She'd often tuck a flower (and a cocktail umbrella, anyone?) in that height-defining, eat-your-heart-out-Marie-Antoinette hair and then tie a printed scarf to the front - knot and bow to the front - and just like that, girls around the world would copy her and maybe even discover Billie Holiday in the process!

Billie Holiday

 

 

-- Kiki Georgiou


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