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Back to the ’70s with disco fever and big hair

By Patrick Nelson

Taylah Rasmussen showcases hairdresser Linda Wickens’ avant garde handiwork. Image: Kate Freestone Taylah Rasmussen showcases hairdresser Linda Wickens’ avant garde handiwork. Image: Kate Freestone

Disco fever and big hair were back in vogue as students and staff from the hair and beauty team wound the clock back for a night of 1970s mayhem at Palmerston campus recently.

Team leader Linda Manning said the “room was absolutely rocking”, in reference to the Karawa Restaurant, where “Saturday Night Fevers” was staged to showcase the skill and creativity of CDU’s hair and beauty students.

“Would ya just watch the hair. Ya know, I work on my hair a long time,” she said parodying Tony Manero, the dance-floor dynamo played by John Travolta in the movie “Saturday Night Fever”.

“We transformed the restaurant into a discothèque with a smoke machine, disco ball, and a DJ who played lots of Bee Gees songs,” Ms Manning said.

“A lot of people dressed up in 1970s clothes. A couple of guys strutted in with white dance suits like the one Travolta wore in the movie.”

Ms Manning said about 80 students participated, either as models, hair stylists or beauty therapists, in a show that featured punk, ’70s high fashion, bridal and avant garde.

“There was glitter, glamour, platform shoes and big eye lashes. Some of the girls created elaborate hair pieces and generally, the standard was incredible.

“It was a great atmosphere. All the seats were full and the room was roaring,” she said.