Beard Liberation Front
The Beard Liberation Front,the informal network of beard wearers, has marked the 120th anniversary of the death of William Morris on 3rd October 1896 by noting that the impact of his beard on modern British society has been seriously underplayed.
The campaigners say that Morris is rightly celebrated for his influence in the worlds of art and design and for his socialist politics and writings but the legacy of his iconic beard has been largely ignored.
Morris was well known for having a fiery temper and huge appetite for work and activism. On his death in 1896 at the age of 62 his physician suggested that the main cause was ‘simply being William Morris’.
BLF Organiser Keith Flett said, there is no doubt that from the 1960s on William Morris has influenced the beard styles of the political left. More recently he has also been key to the design of the hipster beard.