Hair Styles From Outer Space: The Return of Starship LaBelle Coiffure

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Futuristic Fashions and Hair Styles

When Pattie Labelle and her group LaBelle donned futuristic space-age costumes and hair styles in the 1970s, they were a hit on TV's innovative The Midnight Special and various variety shows and in-person performances around the world. The appearance of these singers reflected the American fascination with outer space, UFOs, and the US Space Program of the era: Apollo -- followed by the US Space Shuttle Program.

The US had been first on the Moon in 1969 and the public was ready to encounter space aliens and new worlds. Space 1999 , the Star Wars saga, and plenty of other TV and film series filled the airwaves with futuristic imaginings. Since science fiction conventions began in the 1930s, the 1970s movement was not the first or the last that included futuristic fashion and hairdos. Moreover, these movements continue to cycle and have always been a lot of fun!

Things to Come: Fashion and Beauty Predictions -- Full Movie [1:34]

LaBelle Futuristic Wardrobes

Ectoplasmosis Avant Garde Coiffure Awards

"Gisli Ari Hafsteinsson is the winner of 2008 Coiffure Awards, an event held in the Netherlands for the last six years which has somehow escaped my notice until now. The galleries from prior years are well worth navigating the inscrutable moonspace."

Visit the new Ectoplasmosis for completely uneartthly fashion and beauty trends. Odd by often fun. Yearly Coiffure Awards add to the drama.

1960s Space Age Fashion

Some LaBelle hair fashions have been present historically among 1800s Native Americans and among Japanese women for centuries. LaBelle took thr styling to a new level.
Some LaBelle hair fashions have been present historically among 1800s Native Americans and among Japanese women for centuries. LaBelle took thr styling to a new level.
Things to Come
Things to Come

Space Patrol (1950s) with Tonga

Space Age Hairdos

For my 600th Hub, I write about something enjoyable - Outer Space - along with how spacefaring hairstyles have been portrayed in literature and entertainment since the late 1800s.

Space Age hairdos have been briefly mentioned in futurist literature since the 1880s, but perhaps the first time they generated gossip and excitement was in silents films at a time that information began to spread around the globe more quickly.

METROPOLIS (1927)

The labor saving robot had no hair at all. The mad scientist has the hair of Christopher Lloyd in the Back to the Future series. Perhaps Metropolis is where it originated.

ATLANTILDA

This is a little-known science fiction silent film. Atlantilda was the goddess/ruler of Atlantis on the silent screen. Her hairdo in the accompanying shot looks a bit like Martha Washington and more like George!

SPACE PATROL

These B & W ("talkie") serials about Buzz Cory's space adventures were first shown between feature films at the movie houses long ago. In the 1950s, longer versions came to TV. Space Patrol showed an alien woman, Tonga, with a hairdo like that of American and European women of the times.

HG WELLS - THINGS TO COME

This B&W movie was filmed in 1936 to portray the year 2036, 100 years later. While attire was a bit different for 2036 as compared with 1936, coiffures were not different at all. Women seemed to wear tiaras all the time, though.

Space Age hairdos were more evident in cartoonland TV shows, beginning right with the 1950s in animated shows like Tom Terrific and later in The Jetsons , Grey Skull , and the dozens of sci-fi cartoons of today.

These sci-fi hairdos include all the colors of the spectrum. all manner of shapes and sizes, and even hair that floats above the head.

Anything is possible in the 2000s.

Patti LaBelle at Extensions Plus

LaBelle

From a 60s girl group called The Bluebelles to a 1970s Rhythm and Blues trio, LaBelle was one of the first to feature Space Age costumes and futurist hairstyles along with the songs. Chaka Khan and her group Undisputed Truth used futurist hair and clothing on Soul Train about the same time.

In 1974 when LaBelle's hit single Lady Marmalade was Number 1 on the Top 100 Hit List for 5 weeks, it had been just 6 years since the American moon landing. Imaginations were expanding into Outer Space and "What To Wear" on the journey.

While much of the hairstyling of Labelle in the 1970s revolved around space age glitter & glam and Las Vegas style headgear, Patti Labelle took it one step further with spiked sheets of hair held in place with hair preparations and sprays and some of it must have been hair extensions. Patti's hair has been very thick, so perhaps not -- It would be fun to watch her hairstylist at work!

In June 2008, Patti Labelle, Nona Hendryx, and Sarah Dash, otherwise known as Labelle, reunited for an album of all new songs. It was produced by Lenny Kravitz and Gamble & Huff. What fashion, shoe, and hair styles will they be wearing on tour in the 2000s as we approach the Space Tourist Age?

Patti LaBelle has solved the dilemma with her own line of wigs:

Back To the 1960s

The look of 1960s France.
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In the Year 2525

I think the best hairdo for outer space travel as we know it is the shaved head -- Hair would just get in the way, and perhaps take too much time to maintain in a crowded space capsule. One needs more room to brush out one's hair than is available, in my opinion. In addition, current sanitary operations are tedious enough without carrying several pounds of hair - or even several ounces - around in a closed atmosphere. The thought makes me shudder.

I can't stand the thought of putting on a tightly knit combo shirt and head-hugging cowl that astrounauts don and then top it off with an airtight helmet and have HAIR underneath that cowl - especially long hair, but any hair. What a sweaty, gunky mess! I'd want a shaved head covered with baby power! Easy, smooth, fresh, and clean.

Star Trek's Lt. Ilia, played by Persis Khambatta, got it right for people annoyed by hair. And very attractive, too!

Experimental Hairstyles for the Space Tourism Industry

The style presented here looks just right for shielding one's eyes from the harmful rays of Sol in space or on the daylight side of Luna.

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This is just the perfect look for visiting the Martian Colonies. It recalls the wistful descriptions vividly portrayed in Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles -- a certain fiery wispiness.

The earrings represent the molecule of Caffeine.

Best For Travel

Still, this is my favorite hairstyle for space travel - unisex and useful, as well as attractive.

LaBelle coiffure in the comeback of the once futuristically dressed and coiffed group may prove to be futurist, conservative, or alternate between the two, but I find bald the best for early space tourism.

In the 1960s, French stylists shaved their patron's heads and added headbands of fur or feathers.

Outer Space: Bad Hair, Bad Acting

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CJStone 8 years ago from Whitstable, UK

What I love about Things To Come is when all the dates come flashing up on the screen and the world is portrayed as permanently at war. Didn't pay much attention to the hairstyles though.


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

I liked that part too, CJ! The hairstyles were all blah, anyway.


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dineane 8 years ago from North Carolina

This is a really fun hub - I've really enjoyed all the different ideas on the hair theme!


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jimmythejock 8 years ago from Scotland

600 hubs Patty CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! Thankyou for 600 great informative and impelling hubs, cant wait for the next 600.....jimmy


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

ANOTHER 600, jimmy? I'll try - plenty of information out there in space I hope. Thank you for the kind congratuations!

dineane - I'm glad you had fun with it! I love the other Hubs on this subject.


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spryte 8 years ago from Arizona, USA

Patty - I agree with you 100% on the bald thing. Have you ever seen the astronauts on board the I.S.S.? The men look okay with their rather short hair...but then if you look behind them, you might see a female astronaut having an EXTREMELY bad hair day. Zero G is not kind to long hair...


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

Exactly right spryte! And long hair could get caught on something and trip the hatch up there, for sure. The guys do look OK in ISS.


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Uninvited Writer 8 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

Great idea for a hub! Well done.

I'm also a fan of Things to Come...


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

Yeah,Things to Come!


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The Old Firm 8 years ago from Waikato/Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand

600 not out. As the cousins across the ditch say, "Good on ya sport." The title image cleared up a small worry for me about a missing eel. Teena Tesla is lurking on your sexcententile hub. (Where else for a sex mad AC/DC carping Synaphobranchidae?) Please send her back. Maxi has his tail in a twist and keeps falling of the pogo stick. It's annoying (albeit hilarious) when the Oberleutenant insists on going "Splat" instead of "Boing"


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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Congrats on your creative twist of topic Patty, as well as this being your 600th hub!

This was a fun hub, I enjoyed it. But I'm still not shaving my head. :)


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rmr 8 years ago from Livonia, MI

Patty, maybe you and Shirley could shave your heads at the same time. You know, make a night of it. If you do, the jackalope wants pictures. Before and after. He's badgering me about it right now. Great hub, by the way!


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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Wouldn't that be cute? We'd look like the Coneheads without the point.


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

The Old Firm - Thanks for the congrats! I shall try to send back the missing eel, only rmr is interpreting the bumps on her head just now... Hopefully he'll be done soon and she'll have a lovely hairdo for the return - one that Maxi will enjoy. Poor Splatter!

rmr - We shall consider this head shaving celebration for a future enjoyment. [secret communication = /on] Shirley, we can use photoshop, dolls, wigs, and numerous gadgets. [secret communication = /off]


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B.T. Evilpants 8 years ago from Hell, MI

I have sent forth the flying monkeys, with electric shavers. Just in case you change your mind. Don't worry. I have hair hats for you to cover up with!


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

Sounds like suddenly we have no choice in the matter, Shirley -- To the bunker!


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B.T. Evilpants 8 years ago from Hell, MI

PS; Jackalopes are expert tunnelers...


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

Aha! Having help from the worms in The Old Firm's garden has been useful, hasn't' it?

Shirley - Switch on cloaking device and force fields! Evasive maneuvers! -Rogue Candiate, I repeat, Rogue Candidate!


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Research Analyst 8 years ago

The picture of the Ectoplasmosis Avant Garde Coiffure Awards is such a creative almost like a piece of sculpture. Thanks for this hub, nice work.

http://Awsome-Hair-Style-Hubpage-from-the-HubMob


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis

Hi Patti, Great hub. Sorry I missed it the first time around. I've linked to it in my LaBelle hub, so there! Thank you!


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Patty Inglish, MS 7 years ago from North America Author

Oh, hoho - A link to link duel! What fun! Thanks very much. -- pattY

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