It’s really really happening — the 18th Century Hair & Wig Styling: History & Step-by-Step Techniques book project is really starting to take shape! About half of the text is written, all of the historical images have been sourced, and I’m starting to line up models and buy supplies.
Here’s the blurb I’ve written up that summarizes the project:
18th Century Hair & Wig Styling: History & Step-by-Step Techniques is a book that combines meticulous research with easy to follow instructions that will help you create historically accurate hairstyles of the 18th century. The book includes a detailed history of men’s and women’s hair from 1700 to 1799: which styles were worn when, as well as how hair and wigs were styled. It provides practical techniques for styling hair and wigs that will be useful to anyone who wants to learn more about historical hairstyling, from beginners to advanced users. Step-by-step instructions show how to create 25 individual hairstyles — 22 for women, and 3 for men — that span the century, and suggestions are included for ways to vary the different styles.
The historical overview provides equal, in-depth coverage of men’s and women’s hairstyles and wigs from 1700 to 1799, focusing on France, Great Britain, and the American colonies/United States. The techniques will similarly be useful for both men’s and women’s styles. While a good deal of historical styling information is included, the emphasis is on modern methods and products that will achieve a historically accurate look.
This book is perfect for historical costumers and theater/film designers and craftspeople who want to create authentic-looking 18th century hairstyles and wigs. It will also provide a solid foundation and fun jumping-off point for anyone who wants to create historically-influenced fantasy styles!
I’ll be posting lots of info here, but the best way to keep up to date on the project is to follow the Facebook page and website:
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