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vintage hair

Hair frames: Apollo's knot support structure

Because the shows we are about to mount are set in the time of extraordinarily large and architectural hairdos, our Wig Supervisor needs frames on which to build the hairpieces. This fell to me so i took some documentary pix to share.

Here are a few photos showing how i made a mount for the frivolously fun "Apollo's knot" style, as well as a couple cool ones of an antique bustle-draping dress form!


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Example research image of an Apollo's knot variation

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This little frame is made from shaped millinery wire and stiff horsehair.

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Horsehair can be sprayed to match an actor's hair color.

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Look how cute!

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You can see the side of the frame in this shot,
supporting the inside of the loop of hair.


And, unrelated, as an aside...

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Check out this antique dress form with an adjustable skirt cage!

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Forms like this were used for draping bustle swags and polonaises.

Comments

Do you mean how to cover the shape with fake hair? Or how to make the hairpiece stay on your head?
How to cover the shape with fake hair. Mine always flops off, or snarls, or just looks bad.
Ours was just glued on, I think... and then hairsprayed to the point where it felt like one solid piece and not a single hair would move O.o But ours was strictly for stage use, so nobody was going to see it really up close ;) If you are using your for costume, you probably want to take a little bit more care ;D