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Wigging Out: Fake Hair That Made Real History

Jessica Glasscock

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Fashion & textiles: design, Social & cultural history, Needlework & fabric crafts, Fashion & style guides

Thought-provoking, compelling, and visually dynamic, Wigging Out looks at wigs and artificial hair worn by famous figures and everyday people from ancient Egypt to the present. This is a one-of-a-kind almanac for fashion and history buffs in the vein of Red and Making a Spectacle.

Wigging Out is a stunning visual journey through the fascinating history of wigs and hairpieces, covering thousands of years of hair worn by everyone from Cleopatra and Louis XIV to Naomi Campbell and Lady Gaga.

Starting in ancient Egypt and ending on the red carpet of the Met Gala, Wigging Out features capsule fashion histories set alongside spectacular images of real and synthetic wigs worn by everyone from Roman emperors and nineteenth-century Gibson Girls to twenty-first-century drag queens and London street punks. Including interviews with modern wigmakers, stylists, and braiders, Wigging Out is a revelatory mash-up of styles, stories, and personalities that takes readers on a joyful romp through fake-hair history.

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