The ‘Beehives, Bobs & Blowdries’ exhibition is back

by | Aug 1, 2022

Curated by fashion research consultant and senior academic at Solent University, Donna Bevan (FRSA) and renowned, award-winning hairdresser Andrew Barton Hon Doc, the Beehives, Bobs & Blowdries exhibition is taking place at the Piece Hall, from 17th September to 16th October.

Beehives, Bobs & Blowdries celebrates the art and skills of hairdressing and its history and cultural significance, as well as showcasing some of the most iconic looks from the past 70 years. Andrew often refers to hair as a fabric which can be manipulated to create something truly artistic, which can instil confidence for his clients and his art as a stylist. The UK has trained some of the most influential figures in the industry. They have been setting, tweaking, cutting, colouring and blowing the trends throughout the decades; the exhibition aims to showcase and celebrate the very best of British hairdressing talent.


The exhibition will chart hairstyles through the decades integrating key innovations in the hair industry, the rituals of the salon environment, technological breakthroughs in salon products, and the influence of hair fashion trends and subcultural styles.


Donna and Andrew are excited to be collaborating with Haircuts 4 Homeless to include a supplementary exhibition of images from their recent projects and book. This will be displayed in the Long Gallery at The Piece Hall to coincide with the Beehives Bob’s & Blowdries exhibition.


We knew there was a story to be told about hair, its meaning and its codes. Donna and I grew up together in the same Yorkshire village where her mother played an integral part in the community, owning the village salon ‘Pam’s Unisex salon’ where my mother and grandmother went each week to be styled. I would meet them there each Friday afternoon and you could say it’s where my hair fascination started. It’s an honour to have collaborated with Donna on this project who is as passionate about hair and hairdressing as I am.”

– Andrew Barton


“It’s always a pleasure to be collaborating with Andrew. This exhibition allows us bring together our passion for this amazing industry and its legacy. We have the perfect combination of skills and expertise which has allowed us to evolve this unique look at hair.  The future of the hair salon industry is important to this new version of the exhibition with sustainability and innovation at its core. Quite simply, we want to take you back to the hair future.”

– Donna Bevan

Visit the Beehives, Bobs and Blowdries exhibition at The Piece Hall this Autumn from 17th September – 16th October.


For more information, click here.


Beehives, Bobs & Blowdries is sponsored by L’Oréal Professionnel, plus Andrew Barton London Education (ABLE), Banbury Postiche, Haircuts 4 Homeless, Little Princess Trust, Pink Gin Vintage, Racoon International, SLBPR and Solent University.

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