Time to make-up with past as students recreate hair and cosmetic fashions

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IT IS a rapid race through the changing face of fashion across the centuries, brought to life with a very modern twist.

Students were in one of Yorkshire’s most popular museums yesterday to showcase some of their period hair and make-up work across a wealth of historical eras, including Egyptian, Roman and Avant Garde styles.

Models Lisa de Whytell (left) and  Jolene Canavan with 1960s style beehivesby Maria Gaushan and Kim Brown at York's Castle Museum.(Gl1005/99a)

Models Lisa de Whytell (left) and Jolene Canavan with 1960s style beehivesby Maria Gaushan and Kim Brown at York's Castle Museum.(Gl1005/99a)

They are involved in a two-year foundation degree in media make-up, special effects make-up and hair design at 
York College and were in the recreated Victorian street, Kirkgate, at the city’s Castle Museum to take part in a photoshoot yesterday.

Alison Bodley, the museum’s senior curator or history and archaeology, said: “You can tell the enthusiasm and energy the students have put into creating such a marvellous array of hair and make-up styles.

“We are delighted to be able to host their final photo shoot on Kirkgate, our recreated Victorian street, which provides an atmospheric backdrop.

“It also allows the public to see the various styles and techniques used up close and gives us curators a chance to chat to the students about our up-and-coming exhibition Shaping the Body, which will include how fashions in hair and make-up have changed over the decades.”

Their final designs include handmade wig frames and elaborate make-up designs. When they have finished their initial studies, some students are due to go on to undertake a BA (Hons) degree course at York College, while others are hoping to get jobs in the media industry.

One of the students, 33-year-old Stacey Borg, who is from Leeds, said: “This course has really helped me develop my skills in so many areas of media makeup, specifically in period hair design & prosthetics.

“It has been challenging but equally enjoyable and I am going to be sad when I leave in a few weeks.”