Wigs as costuming can absolutely transform actors into their characters. In Hollywood, wig costuming creates memorable looks that stick with people long after the movie is over. Replicating these epic looks with more wigs can be a great way to have fun with your wigs and gain a little confidence by channeling your favorite character or actress.
Elizabeth Taylor’s starring role as Cleopatra in the 1963 film of the same name is an unforgettable Hollywood moment. Likewise, her costuming and hair create striking memories in anyone who watches the film. While not historically accurate, Taylor’s wigs for Cleopatra were dark, thick, angular, and often featured braids and hair jewelry.
A modern take on Cleo’s severe look would be a dark, angular bob. Finding and fitting a wig in this style is simple as this style is very fashionable. Black hair with glossy highlights can capture the look while still adding some dimension to the dark style. Human hair wigs are better-withstanding styling, so mimicking any of Taylor’s braids or waves from the film may work best with a human hair wig.
Kiersten Dunst gave a humanizing portrayal of the historically spoiled teen queen Marie Antoinette in the 2006 film Marie Antoinette. In a film filled with poufs and pastels, Dunst’s many wigs captured the style of the 1700’s Versailles crowd where the higher the hair was, the better.
Marie’s towering coiffe may be a bit difficult to pull off in everyday life, but finding wigs that replicate the soft, downy white-blond look Dunst wore in the film should be possible. Rippling curls can be heat styled into human hair wigs to get the volume of the film wig without the height.
It’s hard to forget Grease’s own Beauty School Dropout Frenchie, played by Didi Conn, or the scene where she reveals she accidentally tinted her hair bubblegum pink in beauty school. The stiffly permed ‘do form a puffy, pink helmet around her head. The vibrant wig accompanies a song where she doubts her ability to succeed in beauty school.
Times have changed since Grease and now it’s a popular choice to go for a bubblegum pink look with your hair. Wigs in vibrant pink are available in both synthetic and real hairstyles. A custom pink dye can even be ordered for human hair wigs, which may need to be pre-processed to preserve the hair rather than dyed after you receive it.
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