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    Default where did the term classic length originate from?

    does anyone know where the term "classic length" originated from?

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    Default Re: where did the term classic length originate from?

    Don't know, but I've wondered about this, too.

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    Default Re: where did the term classic length originate from?

    That's a very interesting question. My grandmother (who has never been on lhc) knows the term, so it is probably not a new one. My guess is that it may just be that classic is terminal for a lot of people, so in earlier times, when people cut their hair less often, classic length was the most common length.
    And the fact that it uses the term "classic" points to Greek and Roman societies, but I don't think they are particularly remembered for long hair..
    So my answer is I don't know, but other than that, "Under Buttocks Length" is not exactly appealing. . .
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    Default Re: where did the term classic length originate from?

    I found an old thread discussing the same question, but there's no definite answer in that either...

    http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/...d.php?p=181424

    ETA: Here's another one
    http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/...ad.php?t=17605
    Last edited by Phexlyn; August 25th, 2010 at 07:51 AM.

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    Default Re: where did the term classic length originate from?

    I don't know for sure, but my personal opinion is that it comes from "the classics", like literature, fairy tales, etc. Like a princess in a Grimms fairy tale would have had classic princess hair. Just my humble opinion, for what it's worth.
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    Default Re: where did the term classic length originate from?

    I suspect it was coined by George Michael, though I don't have any evidence of that.
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    Default Re: where did the term classic length originate from?

    I have been wondering about this for years. I have always assumed it referred to the popular hair length of the classic period. It seems like many women in "classic" era paintings also have "classic" length hair.

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    Default Re: where did the term classic length originate from?

    Another one who has often wondered. I only heard the term for the first time through the long hair community on LJ so had no idea my hair was classic before I cut it in 1995
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    Default Re: where did the term classic length originate from?

    Hmm, that's a tricky one. Sure, Classicism in art often portrayed women with the length hair we refer to as 'classic', but a lot of the themes required their hair to be bound up in Greek or Roman styles. The long styles were normally depictions of more Northern European and Celtic myths and legends and idylls.

    In truth Classicism was a dominating force in the arts and philosophy over several centuries, fashion changing throughout. There's not necessarily one hair length in either the art or the fashion of the times that is universal, at least not to my knowledge. But there could be!

    Maybe it has more to do with the definition of the word classic? At least, one of them, that being 'standard'. If its quite an old term, say around the turn of the 20th century when the western standard was for women to have very long hair they wore up, then this would fit?

    This is a very interesting question.

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    Default Re: where did the term classic length originate from?

    I once read the explanation that it has to do with the golden ratio and that makes it the most visually pleasing length which is why it’s so prominent in art

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