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Launch Event Success for The Civic, Barnsley

Last week The Civic in Barnsley hosted the exhibition launch event for Beehives, Bobs & Blow-dries; the culmination of two years of hard work by David Sinclair, the curator of The Civic, celebrity stylist Andrew Barton and Donna Bevan - fashion research consultant.

The South Yorkshire venue is the first venue to host the exclusive new exhibition, which has taken the fashion, hair and beauty world by storm this week, with over 1000 visitors through the doors in just four days.

Notable guests at the event included: Monica Teodoro from L'Oréal Professionnel, Tony Dixon from Highlander UK, Catherine Ross from The National Caribbean Heritage Museum, Lady Magazine, Barnsley Chronicle, Darton Arrow, BBC Women's Hour, Evening Standard, Spectator Magazine and representatives from high profile local salons Russel Eaton, Fruit, Leslie Francis and Moodys, who all contributed content to this eclectic and iconic exhibition.  

Beehives, Bobs & Blow-dries, is the first exhibition of its kind and explores the contemporary history of hair from 1950 onwards including hairstyles through the decades, rituals of the modern hair sale and the cultural significance of the client hairdresser relationship in the community as well as the impact of technological advancements in hair products that have influenced the salon experience and the creation of new developments in hair styles in hairdressing.

With welcomes from Helen Ball - Chief Executive at The Civic, Andrew Barton, Donna Bevan and Monica Teodoro, guests were given a brief insight into childhood friends Andrew and Donna's formative years in Barnsley and how they became inspired to develop their hugely successful careers in fashion, hair and beauty.

Monica Teodoro, General Manager of L’Oréal Professionnel said: “Over the course of its first century, L’Oréal established itself as the leader in the hair-care market, not just through the development of new products, but also through its knowledge of the hair-care sector and its support of hair-stylists around the world. This ongoing commitment to education and training of hair-care professionals reflects the legacy of L’Oréal’s founder, Eugène Schueller, who prioritised the notion of service to his Industry. Because of this heritage, L’Oréal Professionnel, the leading manufacturer of professional colour, hair-care and styling products, is proud to support this exhibition. Hair has always been a hugely important fashion statement, as can be seen in Beehives, Bobs and Blow-dries.” 

Helen Ball, Chief Executive at The Civic was thrilled with the outcome of the launch: We are really proud to launch Beehives, Bobs and Blow-dries with support from such an iconic brand as L'Oréal Professionnel. Hair is such a statement of fashion, individuality and culture, this exhibition will no doubt capture so many imaginations and bring new audiences to The Civic.”

The exhibition opened on 17 February 2018 and will run until the 7 April. Entry is free.