Monday, July 28, 2008

Pomp and Circumstance

I'm a bit fixated on the wacky pompadour/ french braids of the FLDS sect.  The photo at left is from a slideshow from yesterday's Times Sunday Magazine.  A century ago, and again in the 1980s, hair was teased and fixed that high to attract attention, but these women seem to have decided that it is the most modest of all ways to wear hair.

I imagine that in a community of polygamy and marrying super young, relationships between the "sister wives" are more intense than the male-female bonds.  And when a great deal of personal choice is taken out of what to wear and how to look, competition and fashion begins to hinge on the tiniest detail.  (Put girls in little Catholic school skirts and the Queen Bee rolls her skirt up as high as she can possibly get away with, but half an inch longer than the class tramp.)  So I imagine a ton of attention is payed to whose braids are straightest, and whose hair is highes.  One article described their style as flamboyant modesty.  Still, I was surprised that they used hairspray.  They seem so not-of-this-world.