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December 21, 2005

London Calling: Wonderland by Graham Webb

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London Calling: Wonderland by Graham Webb

Graham Webb Classic has taken its highly anticipated 2006 collection to new heights with “London Calling: Wonderland,” a surreal spin on the fantastic adventures of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland.”  Drawing inspiration from the period in which the book was written, the collection calls on the intricate shapes and tailoring used for Victorian-era clothing such as pleats, folds and darts.  Taking three of the most memorable chapters from the book, Irene Meikle, Graham Webb International Artistic Director, has captured an awe-inspiring adaptation including haircuts, perms and updo’s of this period – a truly beautiful collaboration of past meeting present. 


“The process of discovery begins when I first begin to visualize an idea,” according to Meikle.  “Something will catch my eye, whether it’s a fabric or silhouette, and then I embark on a journey of translating my vision into a shape.  Often times I will devise an entirely new technique, or a series of them, that guide me to the visualized look.  This has been the cornerstone of the Graham Webb Academy foundation – persistently conceptualizing new methods to elevate the stylist profession.”


The 2006 fashion season promises designs that are reminiscent of Victorian fashion such as fitted sleeves, billowy shoulders, narrow waists, and flowing skirts.  Tailors use techniques of pleats, darts and folds to suddenly transition narrow silhouettes into larger forms.  Meikle similarly uses the pleat concept as a jumping off point within the haircut to create shapes that hug the head, while creating flowing movement into longer areas. The result is nothing short of spectacular.


Victorian lifestyle was also quite ostentatious as newfound wealth permeated the middle class.  Fabrics in chintz, silk and brocade, with patterns of flowers decorated the Victorian home.  Meikle uses this influence in design of perm and styling techniques that are appropriate for today’s woman.  To dress up each look, brilliant ornaments created from real human hair were used such as flowers and embroidery.


“I was first inspired when I came across a stall selling original Victorian blouses on London’s Portobello Road, where you’ll find young designers working and selling clothing with a raw, new twist,” said Meikle.  “This led me to notice subtle references and materials everywhere that reminded me of the Victorian Era, such as fabrics like chintz and jewelers selling more garnet and jet. The final inspiration for me came from seeing all of this represented in the 2006 collections of John Galliano, Dior and Alexander McQueen.”


Various haircuts, perm texturizing techniques and thermal styling techniques play upon each of the three chapters represented in the collection.  Meikle draws inspiration from each of the following scenes and characters to deliver clever and unique hair concepts:
Scene 1 – Down the Rabbit Hole
Scene 2 – A Mad Tea Party
Scene 3 – The Queen’s Croquet-Ground


About the Artist: Irene Meikle,  International Artistic Director


Irene began her quest to become an industry innovator after receiving a trophy of recognition for improved performance while mastering the cosmetology program at London’s Erith College.  While in London, she worked and trained with Sassoon and devoted the next year to establishing and refining her teaching skills.


In 1990 Irene joined Graham Webb International, where her style and determination made her a valuable asset at Graham’s London Salons.  As an instructor, she shared an unparalleled exuberance with students at the London Academy.


Moving to the US, Irene now resides in Washington, DC, where she has been instrumental in developing and expanding the Graham Webb Design Team, and the Graham Webb International Academy in New York City at Rockefeller Plaza.  Colleagues and stylists alike enjoy Irene’s creative, energy and love for her work. 


Recipient of Graham Webb’s 1996 Distinguished Service Award, Irene’s all around talents as educator, platform artist and motivational leader have made her one of the most sought after talents in both the US and International markets.


For more information on Graham Webb, please log on to: www.grahamwebb.com or www.grahamwebbsaloninsider.com.

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