Louise Brooks and Colleen Moore often get the credit – but it was actress Mary Thurman who first created hairstyle “waves” with her ultra modern straight page boy bob in the early months of the new decade.
Her bob – also known as the Dutch bob, is the iconic hairstyle associated with the1920s fashion era .
Glamourdaze.com gets the actual low-down from Miss Thurman herself when she talked with time travelling fashion reporter Adela Rogers St Johns at the famousCocoanut Grove club in the Ambassador hotel in April 1920.
“A few days ago I was sitting with friends about a corner table in Sunset Inn. Suddenly there was a commotion near the door. People were craning their necks to see. Mary Thurman had just come in. They were looking at her hair.”
Then I looked back at Mary Thurman’s. She had taken off her big white hat and flung it on a chair. It was very war, in the tea room. Her hair is cut straight across at the nape of her neck, just below the ears, straight across in a long heavy bang on the forehead, it looked as smooth as whipped cream, a deep rich red, with a sheen of pansy purple velvet. It has an olive-ness that made me wonder if I would get an electric shock if I touched it.
|Mary-Thurman—the original iconic Dutch-bob hair cut from 1920|
Like many great ideas, it was an accident – Mary got her hair wet! “I went to the beach to swim one day and I got my hair wet. It was just bobbed then and I kept it curled all over. I was terribly worried when I found I couldn’t get it curled and I had to go out that way – leaving it straight. “When I came out, everybody piped up and said, ‘Why, Mary Thurman, why don’t you leave your hair that way. It’s so becoming and perfectly stunning.”
“So I decided to have a go. When I got home, I just took the scissors and cut these bangs, trimmed it straight all around and – well – here I am! “Some people say to me it’s great and some say it’s terrible, but I adore it and it’s a great comfort. It makes me feel like a little girl again” Mary Thurman, former teacher and graduate of the University of Utah, one time Max Sennet bathing beauty, pal of Mr Charles Chaplin and now – style Goddess!.
Mary Thurman sadly died just five years later in 1925 aged just 30.