The modern drive towards nail art
The modern drive towards nail art, however, arrived with the beginnings of celebrity culture in the 20th century. Style icons like Marilyn Monroe began experimenting with different nail types, inspiring generations of women to try new nail art for themselves. To start, the styles were relatively conservative, but as each generation of celebrity tried to outdo the last, different styles were invented. Much of the modern proliferation of nail types, including coffin nails, is thanks to the innovation of artists like Rihanna and Kylie Jenner.
According to nail art historian Suzanne Shapiro, nail art has gone through several revolutions since the advent of the twentieth century. Beginning in the late 1920s, following the collapse of the global economy with the Wall Street Crash, nail art became a relatively cheap way to maintain a sense of luxury, despite falling incomes. Back then, famous celebrities including Joan Crawford experimented with sharp, pointed styles - the progenitors of modern coffin nails.
Aug 25, 2017