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Ladies and Gents, We Have a Book!

Or, the printer has the files! I’m incredibly proud (and relieved) to announce that I’ve finished the 18th Century Hair & Wig Styling: History & Step-by-Step Techniques book manuscript. That’s 25 wigs and hairstyles DONE, piles of research DONE, piles of writing DONE, piles of editing and copyediting DONE, piles of images edited and annotated DONE… and probably more!

The official book cover!

People have been asking me over the past year, “So, what are you up to lately?” To which I say, “Wigs. Book. Wigs. Book.” Yeah, it kind of took over my life, as this dead and dormant blog will prove. It doesn’t help that I also had a research presentation to prep and give (yesterday!) for the Costume Society of America conference in Baltimore (where I still am!).

The good news is that I can now have a brain for things other than wigs and books. I’ll be posting previews from the book to whet your appetite, giving you some behind the scenes info, and also updating you on the 18th century court dress project (short version: postponed to 2015 for me and any other slackers! Overachievers, go for it for this year!), blogging about 18th century court dress… and hopefully more!

Right now, though, the important news: the book will be published in early July. I’ll have pre-orders open in the next week or so, and I’ll post here and on the book’s Facebook too.

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  • Reply athene May 30, 2014 at 9:48 am

    What a splendid accomplishment! You must be thrilled and relieved and very, very proud. I HOPE there will be a book-signing – it’s going to be the go-to book for 18th century hair across the board.

  • Reply Vienna La Rouge May 30, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    This is fantastic, and I’m so happy for you!!
    I’m really looking forward to getting this book in my eager hands. You are such an inspiration and we are all SO proud of you.

  • Reply aragingquiet May 30, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    Okay I already wanted this book, but putting a WOC on the cover makes it a must buy. Thanks for caring about representation and actual historical accuracy.

    • Reply kendra May 30, 2014 at 6:41 pm

      Aragingquiet: absoLUTELY!

  • Reply Patience May 30, 2014 at 6:30 pm


  • Reply Quinn May 31, 2014 at 7:35 am

    You know, I’m rather relieved you’ll be extending the official court gown project. I’ve been so busy doing other things there was no way I was going to finish it this year either! More time and not being late. Woo!

    Congratulations on finishing the book!!! (And, I totally agree with aragingquiet’s comment, too!)


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