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2nd Edition

Historical Wig Styling: Victorian to the Present

ISBN 9781138391567
Published December 17, 2019 by Routledge
350 Pages 1060 Color & 2 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Historical Wig Styling: Victorian to the Present, 2nd edition, is a guide to creating beautiful, historically accurate hairstyles for theatrical productions and events.

This volume covers hairstyles from the Victorian era through the contemporary styles of today. Chapters begin with an overview of historic figures and styles that influenced the look of each period, followed by step-by-step instructions and photographs showing the finished look from every angle. The book also explores the necessary supplies and styling products needed to create the perfect coif, tips for proper wig handling, a brief history of the makeup for each historical period, and basic styling techniques useful when working with wigs or real hair. New hairstyles featured in this edition include:

- Civil War era women

- Late Victorian African-American men

- 1910s' Full width style women

- 1920s' glossy waves

- 1940s' Victory rolls

- 1950s' Poodle updos

- 1960s' flips

With over 1,000 full-color images and detailed instructions on how to create iconic hairstyles and makeup, Historical Wig Styling: Victorian to the Present, 2nd edition, is an excellent resource for professional costume designers and wig makers, as well as for students of Costume Design and Wig Making and Styling courses.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Introduction to Wig Styling Techniques 

Chapter 2. Early Victorian Era (1835-1860)  

Chapter 3. Mid-/Late Victorian (1860-1885)

Chapter 4. The Gay Nineties (1885-1901)

Chapter 5. Edwardian Era/Gibson Girl (1901-1910)

Chapter 6. The Teens (1911-1920) 

Chapter 7. The Roaring Twenties (1920-1929) 

Chapter 8. The 1930s (1930-1939)

Chapter 9. The 1940s (1940-1949)

Chapter 10. The 1950s (1950-1959) 

Chapter 11. The 1960s (1960-1969) 

Chapter 12. The 1970s (1970-1979)

Chapter 13. The 1980s to the Present 

Chapter 14. Non-Western Hairstyling 

Appendix 1—Glossary of Hairstyling and Makeup Terms  

Appendix 2—List of Historical Films and Television Shows Set in Each Era 

Appendix 3—List of Wig and Hair Suppliers


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Allison Lowery is the Wig/Hair and Makeup Supervisor at South Coast Repertory Theatre. Previously, she was the Wig and Makeup Specialist at the University of Texas. She has created wigs and makeup for the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, American Players Theatre, the Utah Shakespeare Festival, and many others.