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The piercing trend gets an upmarket makeover: how Maria Tash made the 'curated ear' a style essential

Multiple piercings are back - but with a twist that's favoured by both the young and those of us who rocked the look first time out. Meadhbh McGrath investigates how to work the curated ear

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Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron

Stella Tennant on the Alexander McQueen runway

Stella Tennant on the Alexander McQueen runway

Piercer Charlie in his studio

Piercer Charlie in his studio

Maria Tash

Maria Tash

A curated ear by Piercer Charlie

A curated ear by Piercer Charlie

Zoë Kravitz at the 2018 Met Gala

Zoë Kravitz at the 2018 Met Gala

Going for gold: Patricia Masetti-Nolan has 11 ear piercings

Going for gold: Patricia Masetti-Nolan has 11 ear piercings

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Charlize Theron

In the '80s, a single ear piercing wouldn't do

. Those little holes climbed up the lobes, filled with a variety of acid-bright hoops, crosses and safety pins. But as the years passed and the raves died down, many left the cheap plastic earrings behind and embraced more modest, elegant jewellery instead.

In the last couple of years, however, the trend for multiple ear piercings has crept back into the mainstream. It's popular with starlets like Emma Watson, Zoë Kravitz and Miley Cyrus, though it's not just a young woman's game: Charlize Theron (pictured above) stepped out for her latest premiere with a whole constellation adorning her ears, while Courteney Cox and Gwyneth Paltrow are fans, too. And it's cropped up on the catwalks - Alexander McQueen mixed classical with punk as veteran model Stella Tennant strutted out in sharp check tailoring, sporting an earful of gold and silver hoops.


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