Before the influence of Western fashions reached Malaya, long tresses like these were the accepted thing among the young ladies of the country.
Before the influence of Western fashions reached Malaya, long tresses like these were the accepted thing among the young ladies of the country. Oriental lasses were proud of their flowing locks. Now, because of the dominance of Western styles, long hair has become something of a rarity among Malayan girls. So much so that this parade of long hair styles at Kuala Lumpur drew an intense amount of interest.
The parade was actually a chignon or "hairbun" competition to see which Malayan girl could produce the most attractive style for long hair. The result showed that the art of arranging hair in the traditional style was far from lost. Flowers, leaves and strands of coral were among the trimmings delicately interwoven with the air to outline the various patterns.
The aim of the hairbun competition was to counter the influence of the so-called "Audrey Hepburn" style of closely cropped hair. The woman's section of the United Malay National Organisation staged the event to show young Malayan women that long hair is not only becoming, but easy to handle. This is known as the "double" bun style - giving an attractive butterfly effect.
And now, here's the eye-catching array of styles created by the wearers themselves. There were prizes waiting for those chosen as the most beautiful. This was the attempt to turn Malayan women back to the old way of wearing their hair. Women judges allotted points to each contestant.
The selection was completed, and the Malayan Prime Minister's wife, TUNKU SHARIFA RODZIAH made the awards. It was during the presentation that an unfortunate incident occurred to mark the proceedings. Carried away with excitement, the compere announced a wrong name and the young lady here was mistakenly awarded the prize winner's trophy. The error was not discovered until after the show. The Hudges had unanimously selected the contestant on the left here as the winner, but she was omitted from the prize list. However, all was put right and harmony restored, at this occasion in Kuala Lumpur.