Sidonie Gabrielle Colette (1873 – 1954), or simply Colette, was a famous French writer. The author of “Gigi”, “The Vagabond”, “Cheri” and other novels is well-known for her novels and short stories on the French life of La Belle Epoque. But she was also the owner of a 1,58 m long plait (“long enough to lower a bucket down a well…“) until she cut it off at the age of 29.
This is a famous photo of her at fifteen with her two blond braids swirling around her like “whips”. This photograph here shows her at about twenty (1893). when she moved to Paris as the wife of Henri Gauthier-Villars - a morose provincial schoolgirl with a long golden braid flapping at her heels. Seven years later her first “Claudine” novel was published.
Colette as a young woman dressed in Renaissance costume. She liked to let her hair flowing down a brocade dress. For a woman often means a change of her hairstyle a change in her life. When Colette decided to cut her magnificent hair in the autumn of 1902, she pioneered the fashion for short hair that was to cause a revolution. And she lived the revolution after the divorce of her husband as a dancer at the variety in the circle of her scandalous friends: among of them the well-known Nathalie Barney, the Polaire, even Mata-Hari. And Evalina Palmer, a childhood friend of Nathalie Barney.