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Shakespearean Wig Styling - A Practical Guide to Wig Making for the 1500s-1600s

By Brenda Leedham , Lizzee Leedham

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ISBN: 9781785008825
PUBLISHED: 07/06/2021
PAGES: 144
BINDING: Paperback
SIZE: 260x215 mm
INSIDE: 339 colour and 6 b&w photos

The poetry and plays of William Shakespeare continue to provide inspiration for designers in all aspect of media. Shakespearean Wig Styling offers detailed historical guidance on the styles and fashions of the day, and guides yo through twelve different wig designs covering a wide range of archetypal Shakespearian characters. Each example offers different techniques to meet the needs of the design, from material, knotting and curling to the final styling choices. Covering both the Tudor and Stuart periods, there are clear instructions within each example for making wigs from start to finish and adapting from the universal full-lace foundation to create alternative foundations, including added support for complicated styles such as the fontange.

In addition, the book covers:

  • What to expect when working in the theatre or as a freelance wig-maker
  • Fitting your client, measuring and taking a shell
  • Methods for preparing the hair under a wig
  • Knotting facial hair, hairpieces, hairlines, napes and partings
  • Methods for breaking or dirtying down
  • Creating bald caps and receding hairline effects

This comprehensive book is an ideal companion for the newly qualified wig-maker and all professionals looking for a detailed reference guide to hairstyles from the Shakespearean era.

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