Image Universe: Rapunzel

This week's hair-themed "Image Universe" is inspired by the German fairy tale.

Editor's Note

Our special "(De)Tangled" edition of "Image Universe" is themed after Rapunzel, in which a young woman's exceedingly long hair is both the source of her strength and her demise. The German fairy tale is one in a cross-cultural tradition of stories where long hair is a font of feminine power. This image thread looks at hair and hair-like forms that in their intricacy and abundance seem to hold some serious magic.

Chan Hyo Bae, Existing in Costume Rapunzel, 2010. C-Print. Courtesy

Photo of Shantavia Beale from Kehinde Wiley's 2015 Spring Fashion Portfolio for New York Magazine. Courtesy

Maria Nepomuceno, Untitled, 2008. Sewn rope, wood, straw, and beads. Courtesy Victoria Miro, London.

Mika Rottenberg, Still from Cheese, 2007. C-Print. Courtesy the artist and Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York.

Installation view of Sheila Hicks' Séance, 2014. Courtesy Design at Large, Miami.

Photo of Shoshipoyo, an 18-year-old fashion student in Tokyo. Courtesy

Guinness World Record holder for “World’s Hairiest Woman.” Courtesy


Installation view of Dayton Castleman's shredder, 2007. Courtesy

Hong Chun Zhang, Twin Spirits #2, 2002. Charcoal on paper on scrolls. Courtesy

Photo by Peter Adams. Courtesy

Installation detail of Senga Nengudi's RSVP 1, 1977, at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Courtesy

Photo of Tank from Tank and the Bangas at the 2014 Gretna Heritage Festival. Courtesy


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