German Beauty And Style From The Past 100 Years

100 Years Of German Beauty And Style

The beauty and fashion trends of women are often the reminder of the political frictions and conflicts of the time.

Cut Video have charted historical haircuts from around the globe, from Iran to Russia and now they have recreated a century of German style.

From the Nazi government in the 1930's to the divide of East and West in the 40's, the Germans have seen their fair share of defining eras.

In the 1930s Adolf Hitler was in the midst of his rise to power and by 1933 he had been appointed Chancellor of the government.

The plaited hairstyle reflects the reserved and 'traditional' values that were being dictated by the political powers of the time.

In the 1940s, war had broken out across Europe. At the beginning of the decade the Germany military had already invaded Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, and then France.

The war torn years that followed saw many of the German population called to serve in the army.

During this era under Hitler's power, women were subject to follow the German Fashion Board's (Deutsches Modeamt) advice, which was a Nazi attempt to influence how women should look and dress.

Amidst the collapse of Hitler's reign, the country split into sections divided by the Superpowers in 1945.

East Germany, ruled by the Soviet Union, was characterised by Communism and the West, ruled by Britain, America and France was a beacon of democracy.

A wall was built across Berlin to physically divide the two areas which caused many citizens to try and flee the East to the more prosperous West, where more freedoms were granted.

And it could be argued that the hairstyles in each part of the country reflect the social structors imposed.

By the 1980s a dramatic divide in the styles can be seen as the East leaned towards a dark, gothic fashion and the West contrasted this with light and colourful looks.

The decade marked the last ten years of the conflict and in October 1990 the country once again unified.

In the years that followed, Germany regained control of its political landscape and is now regarded the "most trusted" country in Europe.

The modern look of 2010's Germany reflects the current thriving culture and fashion industry.


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