Deborah Ambrosino created all of this wigs in the exhibit, Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, which is a 300 ear survey of menswear. Deborah Ambrosino is a speciality costume keyperson who has worked on many Marvel films. Ambrosino used canvas to shape and mold the wigs, which took an average of 14 hours per wig. The process took a lot of research, collaboration, and time, but Ambrosino was very happy with the end product.
- To fully reflect the evolution of men’s fashion and their accompanying silhouettes, we determined early on that fully dressed ensembles needed wigs to achieve our vision of display.
- While a lot of what is considered masculine seems to have morphed over the last 300 years, the art and rules of tailoring have remained essentially the same.
- You don’t want to draw too much attention; the wigs needed to enhance, not overwhelm.
“It’s about taking away, editing, and making the wig say the most with the least. You don’t want to draw too much attention; the wigs needed to enhance, not overwhelm.”