The hair of the late 18th century was absurd in the absolute best possible way. Embellished, ornamental, powdered, sumptuous, towering two feet above the face decorated with ribbons, pearls, jewels, flowers, feathers, as well as ships, birdcages, and other items. In 1774, the Duchess of Devonshire caused a sensation when she introduced ostrich feathers into her coiffure.
Since then, hair has unfortunately come back down to earth, somewhat. However, thanks to the V&A we can now enjoy some of the splendour and imagination of the 18th century. While the museum shut its doors yesterday as part of the ongoing coronavirus lockdown, there are still fun activities to be had.
On its website right now, you can design your very own ornate Rococo wig. With the online tools you can sculpt the wig, as elaborate and gravity defying as you want. Then decorate and powder your towering creation with jewels, feathers, ribbons, even a full-sailed ship. Try it out here and create the hair of your wildest dreams.
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