Thursday, 30 January 2014

only 46 hours left to pre-order: 18th Century Hair & Wig Styling

Kendra of Demode is one of the costume bloggers who introduced me to the idea that what I wanted to do - make historical [and other] costumes - was possible.

Before the internet I didn't know where to find the information I needed. Yes, I'd pored over Janet Arnold's earlier volumes in Patterns of Fashion but I always knew that the right underwear was needed. I'm also a visual/doing learner. I can learn abstractly for some things, but when it comes to fabric I need to 'see'.

I started out making things and learned where and how to find more information, and how to simply try it and see.

Hair is tricky for me. Even if I grew my hair long I can't control it. That's the reason I cut it short in the first place. Unless I use rock-set gel to concrete my hair in place pins, perms, they all fall out. So wigs are an essential for me. Despite my broad noggin! A 23cm hat size means hats and wigs rarely fit. I'm hoping with visual learning that I'll learn more of how to alter & style a wig to fit both me and be suitable for the georgian era.

So, what I forgot to post before now is that Kenda is funding through indiegogo a book: 18th Century Hair & Wig Styling.


  1. That looks like an awesome book. I wish I could contribute. :-(

    1. I'm so happy that it's reached the target! Though anything above gives her funding to licence even more photos from museums.

    2. ^ And if this had been in 2008/9 I'd have been crying too cos I was too poor to contribute a bean.