Bib necklaces are a huge trend right now, but they are usually made from metals, beads or other obvious materials; not human hair. The first time I saw these pictures, my entire body felt itchy and I immediately got goose bumps. These necklaces by artist Kerry Howley are made out of human hair! Something about putting other people’s old hair around my neck makes me want to crawl out of my own skin.
Her graduate collection “Attraction/Aversion” focuses on transforming something unattractive, such as discarded body hair, into something beautiful and precious. It’s kind of an awesome idea, but human hair may not have been the right material. Howley tried to make human hair commericially attractive by choosing jewelry as a platform. She also incorporated symmetry and delicate patterns, but I still cannot get past the old hair.
To creep you out even further, during the Victorian era, human hair of the deceased was considered a priced valuable. Since it was the only part of the body that didn’t decompose, they would use it in wreaths and corsages which would then be framed in memory of the deceased. It was creepy then, and it is still creepy now. Death and necklaces simply do not mix. Nowadays, we try to get rid of as much body hair as possible, making this design a massive fail.