Why the Hairy Face? We Lay the Beard Trend Bare
EDITOR'S PICK: Just when we thought we'd had enough of beards, Somerset House announce a London photography exhibition 2015 celebrating facial hair. Ella Cory-Wright takes a closer look.
Accordingly, plaid, shearling, trapper hats and, of course, big bushy beards came in to fashion. For the past ten years, the trend has robbed us of many eligible, young 21st century men. In their place, we have Civil War-era American farmers, playing banjos and fiddles, eating muddy potatoes. They listen to Americana: nostalgic, rootsy, heartland stuff, where bands like Midlake sang about rural life in 1891 “they roamed around and foraged/ They made their house from cedars/ They made their house from stone.”
Beards are now so big that the shaving industry is suffering. New Zealand razor brand Schick have launched an anti-beard, ‘Free Your Skin’ campaign. The trend has launched a whole new industry, “facial hair transplants”, for the kouroi among us. There is an app that matches the bearded with beard-lovers, Bristlr.
These beards serve us coffee, turn up at business meetings, stride down our catwalks. Now, they’ll be hanging in our art galleries.To celebrate Somerset House’s upcoming exhibition of Brock Belbank's portraits of bearded men (and women), we take a look at some of the most majestic beards in culture:
Beat poet goes for professorial hobo chic
The Doors frontman channelling Lancelot
Alluring Wes Anderson acolyte has never used a razor
Hemingway's beard is the manliest entity in the known universe
Sweeter than a baby goose
The writer used to complain that his beard looked black in photographs. It was red.
“Put a glide in your stride, a dip in yo' hip and come on up to the mothership”
The beard, the brows, the quiff: this man has perfected male grooming