1st Edition

Historical Wig Styling: Victorian to the Present

ISBN 9780240821245
Published April 24, 2013 by Routledge

USD $39.95

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Book Description

Let Historical Wig Styling be your guide to creating beautiful, historically accurate hairstyles for your productions and events. Chapters begin with artwork of historic figures that influenced the look of each period. Detailed step-by-step instructions explain how to create their iconic hairstyles, illustrated by photographs showing the finished look from every angle.

This volume covers hairstyles from the Victorian era through the contemporary styles of today. Learn how to create hairstyles worn by

-Victorian men and women

-Gibson Girls

-1920s Flappers

-1940s Pinup girls

-1960s ladies


-and so many more!

You’ll also learn about the necessary supplies and styling products needed to create the perfect coif, tips for proper wig handling, and basic styling techniques useful when working with wigs or real hair. Give your production the look of authenticity with tips from this gorgeous wig styling guide!

Table of Contents

 CHAPTER 1-Introduction to Wig Styling Techniques

CHAPTER 2-Romantic/Victorian styling

CHAPTER 3-Late Victorian styling

CHAPTER 4-1890s styling

CHAPTER 5-1900-1910 styling

CHAPTER 6-1910-1920 styling

CHAPTER 7-1920s styling

CHAPTER 8-1930s styling

CHAPTER 9-1940s styling

CHAPTER 10-1950s styling

CHAPTER 11-1960s styling

CHAPTER 12-1970s and 80s styling

CHAPTER 13-Present day and avant garde styling

APPENDIX-Glossary of hairstyling terms

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Allison Lowery is the Wig and Makeup Specialist for Texas Performing Arts at the University of Texas at Austin. She was also the Wig Master for the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, and has created wigs and makeup for Zilker Theatre Productions, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Utah Shakespeare Festival, and many others. She is the co-author of Wig Making and Styling: A Complete Guide for Theatre and Film.


'It is the perfect addition to the collection of any wig styling enthusiast. It is an in-depth, focused approach to wig styling, printed 100 percent in color and presented in a beautiful binding. The book has a very conversational tone and easy-to-follow instructions that make it accessible for a variety of professions and skill levels. It is truly a gem for a burgeoning or experienced wig stylist...This is certainly a book to purchase purely for the thorough photographic instructions, beautiful printing, and practical binding. Historical Wig Styling will teach new techniques to beginning stylists and enhance the knowledge of the more experienced. As Lowery puts it, this book is for anyone "looking to create unique and elaborate hairstyles," which is exactly what you will crave after seeing it.' Erika (Grayson) Guay, Theatre Design & Technology