Long before the Pixie, there was France’s Guillotine or Titus haircut.
First known as the à la victim hairstyle, the cut was popularized by mourners during the French Revolution.
Modeled after how their friends and family members had to have their hair shorn close to the nape of the neck in preparation for the guillotine’s easy slide, this cropped hairstyle was favored by both sexes.
Originally worn at Victim’s Balls (Bals à la Victim) and often paired with a red scarf to signify blood, the Guillotine cut was meant to be seen as a way to honor the deceased aristocratic victims once propelled by King Louis XIV’s showy policies.
While there are literary references to the Victim’s Balls including grotesque dances, a sort of French Revolution take on twerking that mimicked decapitation, those are largely believed to be urban legend.
Back to the haircut…
Critics at the time might have scoffed at women with the Guillotine style claiming it highlighted any deformity a woman might have, and adding that it was too masculine and unnatural, but in 2018, the cut is gaining popularity.
What say you, PDers? With all of the vitriol on all sides of the political sphere, are you also in the market for a red scarf?