July 27th, 2013


anatomy of a seawig

Walking through London as a twelve-foot-tall person with remarkable hair proved to be a life-enhancing experience which I can recommend to anyone. A lot of people have asked about the monster wig I wore to the Oliver and the Seawigs pre-launch party (see photos in the last blog post), so let me give you an insight into its frothy secrets.

Photo by Blast Photo

The fancy wig obsession started while I watched Sofia Coppola's film Marie Antoinette as research for drawing the Princess Spaghetti books:

And here's some fancy hair I painted into a party scene in You Can't Eat a Princess!:

I got more excited about fancy wigs when I worked on an exhibition at the Discover Children's Story Centre in Stratford called MONSTERVILLE. Part of designing our monster village involved creating a beauty parlour for weird and wonderful beasts, and I designed several wigs for it, then made all my friends model them (as one does). Here I show off two of the 2-D wigs with my good-sport Seawigs co-author, Philip Reeve:

I thought, these look great! and scoured the Internets for Big Wigs. Which is where I discovered the work of designer Kate Cusack. Not only were her wigs marvellous, but they were made out of CLING FILM (or 'saran wrap', if you're North American). I thought, I could afford this! But I also though, I wonder how much cling film one would need to make a wig that large. Five rolls? Ten rolls? A hundred?

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