Sunday November 2nd saw the long anticipated SteamPunk inspired showcase of Welsh Hairdresser of the year, Shelley Pengilly, take to the stage. The show, sponsored by Gilmor hair and Beauty and salon brand Milk_shake took place In the village hotel, Cardiff. Here, Shelley, Shelley’s Salon artistic team and David Baker, who is among the finalists for 2014’s British hairdresser of the year (Southern Region), put on a spectacular show. Shelley and David are by now used to collaborating together, after each being part of this years Milk_shake Creative team.
The show was inspired by the SteamPunk movement, a countercultural vision of what the future might have looked like to those born in the Victorian era. The mode uses styles that were iconic throughout the nineteenth century, think top hats, corsets and cage skirts!
The industrial revolution was a time of rapid industrialisation and innovation, this is what adds the mechanical, robotic or futuristic element to the SteamPunk vision.Shelley fashioned her own hair accessories using copper, steel, cogs and wheels. These pieces added intense drama to each look.When it came to creating the collection, Shelley was inspired by the height and shine of the top hat, the structure and strength of the corsets and caged skirts, and the steely colours associated with industry.
Shelley, for her beautiful redheaded model Celdice, used steel in the hair to create six free standing plaited formations. Joanna Davies , using a pin frizz/ rick rack technique created a look for her model Lilly that emulated a Victorian collar. Eloise, who looked to the top hat for her inspiration, created what she called a ‘hatinator’, a high shine structural hair up.
The show was set to the dramatic orchestral dub step fusion of ‘Dark Model’ and ‘Lindsay Sterling’ , reflecting the shows dark theme. The costumes were even more dramatic. Each outfit was handmade using different materials and textures.