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The Caryatid Hairstyling Project

The Embassy of Greece in Washingon, D.C.


The Caryatid Hairstyling Project

A photographic exhibition by

Dr. Katherine Schwab

The exhibit will run through June 26 2015. Hours: Mon-Fri, 10am-4pm

Would it be possible to replicate the elaborately braided coiffures of the Caryatids, the six ancient marble maidens who grace the south porch of the Erechtheion of the Athenian Acropolis, on modern women? That is precisely the question Dr. Katherine Schwab, Professor of Art History in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at Fairfield University, set out to answer in 2009 with the Caryatid Hairstyling Project. In what is known as “experimental archaeology,” Dr. Schwab compiled photographs of the ancient sculptures, including archival photographs from the collections of the American School of Classical Studies and the German Archaeological Institute, both in Athens. Working from these photographs, CT-based stylist Milexy Torres set about styling the hair of six Fairfield University students to bring the ancient hairstyles of the Caryatids to life, proving that they could be replicated.

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