The main beef of Professor Marcus du Sautoy, of Oxford University, is that the haircuts of the 1980s were asymmetrical, and that the floppy coiffures popularized by the so-called New Romantics were an excrescence. Prof du Sautoy argues that symmetry is a fundamental requirement of beauty in nature and that 1980s fashion should be consigned to history. These are bad times for the 1980s, which were recently voted the worst fashion and style decade of recent times. Presumably Prof du Sautoy is too young to remember the Bay City Rollers, circa 1975. "The maths just says all that asymmetry just adds up to a fashion disaster. In the natural world, symmetry is always an indicator of something significant - it is there to attract attention," the Telegraph quoted Prof du Sautoy, as saying.
According to Prof du Sauto, this indicator of beauty is more than skin deep. Symmetry indicates that an individual has a good genetic heritage and is therefore a 'good' mate', he added.
The 1980s were recently voted the worst fashion and style decade of recent times.