Sunday, December 11, 2016

ODD BITS: The passing of high-spirited beehive creator Margaret Vinci Heldt

From Audrey Hepburn to Ronnie Spector, Brigitte Bardot to Elizabeth Taylor,
Amy Winehouse to Adele, many celebrities and creative women owe 
their signature looks to celebrated Chicago hairdresser Margaret Vinci Heldt, 
who passed away recently at the age of 98.

Heldt designed the unforgettable "beehive" hairdo in 1959 when
trade magazine Modern Beauty Shop asked her to come up
with something unique to feature in its February 1960 issue.

 "Ratted, sprayed and shellacked, able to jump half a foot in height in a single salon 
appointment, her conical creation meant that Chicago, for a time, 
stole away the title John Waters gave to Baltimore: 
Hairdo Capitol of the World.”
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 Ronnie Spector (above left), lead singer of  superstar girl group The Ronettes, 
was perhaps the most celebrated beehive-wearer of her era.

 Elvis was quite a fan of the style, so his wife Priscilla -- already known 
for her big hair -- adopted it for a while.

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 Great ladies of the silver screen loved the beehive:
                          Audrey Hepburn

 Brigitte Bardot

                                                                                                                      Elizabeth Taylor

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   Beloved late singer Amy Winehouse brought the beehive 
   back into style in the 21st century.

And Adele keeps it going, in a more gentle manner ...

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And of course the ladies of Mad Men wore the "do" to maximum effect ...

  Feisty office manager/ eventual partner
   Joan Holloway 

                                        Betty Draper went all out trying to get a little more attention from  
                                                                       her wandering husband Don in this get-up.   

~ oOo ~
 But the award for the tallest beehive of them all goes to ...

 Marge Simpson!

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Margaret Vinci Heldt remained high-spirited and effervescent through her entire life.
She marveled at the fact that she had created an iconic hairdo, and become so
widely recognized in her profession. The Chicago History Museum proudly displays
a model of the beehive hairdo (complete with appropriate hairpin) in its collection. 

She loved performing, which she often did at cosmetology conventions. 
In the photo below, she's wearing a “Hello, Dolly!” costume 
lent to her by her client, Carol Channing.
 “I have love in my heart for hairdressers,” Ms. Vinci Heldt told the Chicago Sun-Times 
in 2002. “I was privileged to give something to our profession that became a classic.”
But, she added, “I don’t know how we could have done it without hairspray.”
Link here for a more complete bio of
Ms. Vinci Heldt, from the Chicago Sun Times

originally published 6/14/16

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