The Queens (and Kings)  Of Alexander Palace 


The series of portraits were taken at the annual “Afro Hair and Beauty Show” at Alexandra Palace, which Perrier visited on the Spring Bank Holiday between 1998-2003.


The portraits depict models and visitors who attended this event and acts as an archive of changing trends in London's black hair styling and fashion.

This series came out of Perrier’s investigation of beauty products and merchandise being sold specifically to the African / Caribbean community and has allowed Perrier (through photographic documentation) to consider the complexities, intricacies and tensions surrounding its’ history.

This includes the political dynamics on how Afro Hair is packaged as a product, how the actual hair is styled and what is put on the skin. The cheaply made / kitsch beauty products on the market have all fed into Perrier’s interest in this topic.

Since the Afro Hair and Beauty Show has moved from Alexandra Palace (and is now located at the Business Design Centre, Angel, London) Perrier, decided to stop the series after doing one year at this location. Alexandra Palace as a venue, she realised was also an important aspect to the project.