Do-ing the Marienbad

Nov 19, 2009

It’s well known that Alain Resnais’ beautiful New Wave puzzle Last Year at Marienbad was as fashion-forward as it was artistically progressive. But it surprised us to learn that this high-concept masterpiece was on the cutting edge in another respect. A 1962 Life magazine article recently brought to our attention demonstrates that the hairdo worn by Delphine Seyrig in the film set its own trend. This “comfortable, easy-to-keep summer style” called, appropriately, the Marienbad, was, as the piece describes, “cut straight and short with back ends pushed forward under ears and a deep diagonal bang on the forehead.”  The entire article is featured on Kimberly Lindbergs’s blog Cinebeats, in case you want to print it out and bring it with you to the salon. Thanks to Girish for the Facebook tip.