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Wig Making and Styling: A Complete Guide for Theatre & Film [Kindle Edition]

Martha Ruskai , Allison Lowery
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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"The first of its kind and a must-have for students and professionals alike. Filled with photographs and detailed, step-by-step instructions for every sort of wig and hairpiece , Wig Making and Styling now occupies a prominent place in my professional library. I will refer to it often as I work."

-William Ivey Long, five-time Tony Award winning costume designer 

Review

"The first of its kind and a must-have for students and professionals alike. Filled with photographs and detailed, step-by-step instructions for every sort of wig and hairpiece , Wig Making and Styling now occupies a prominent place in my professional library. I will refer to it often as I work."

-William Ivey Long, five-time Tony Award winning costume designer 


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 8452 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 1 edition (7 Jun 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D8XAFT2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #622,619 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive, but badly formatted. 30 Dec 2011
By AkionT
Format:Paperback
This is a brilliant book, that is well written and very comprehensive. The physical book is incredibly beautiful, if a little too long to fit on my book shelf. The front cover also picks up fingerprints quite easily.

However, the Kindle edition is terrible. I found half a sentence from one paragraph, in the middle of another, from a different page. The images are very poor quality, as if they had been taken with a cheep disposable camera, and often the end of an instructional point would be missing entirely. I returned the Kindle purchase for a full refund, and purchased the physical copy, which is what I will base this review from.

The content is very comprehensive. Everything you would want or need to know about making and styling wigs is included in this book, and I have found myself returning to it time and time again. Another review stated that this book was not for complete beginners, but I disagree. I purchased this book as a beginner, and found it detailed enough for me to work from, as well as images that showed the points perfectly (In high quality, and sharp detail. Unlike the Kindle edition.)

And much to my surprise, this book includes sections on making facial hair pieces! I was afraid I would have to purchase another book on this matter, but it is all included in this book.

TL;DR: A great book if you want to make wigs, eyebrows, and lower facial hair etc. Don't buy the Kindle edition however, and it would be much better in a hard back edition.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
I have long searched for a professionally written, richly illustrated book on wigmaking conceived for someone who is seriously interested in the subject. I am happy to announce that THIS IS IT!. There is simply no comparison between this book and others that purport to deal with the same rare subject matter. While any book can contain useful information for absolute beginners, this is the first one that is structured like a proper course, starting with a glossary of terminology related to the art of wigmaking and its tools, continuing with detailed step by step lessons and how-to's in wig construction, offering fundamentals in styling and maintenance and closing with a very exhaustive description of the various tasks facing the professional wigmaker in the context of a film or theater production, and even advice on how to find work in one. As a bonus, you can register online to view a very useful video tutorials and more how-to guides.

The only less than ideal aspect of the book is its paperback format. A hardcover would have made it much more durable given that fact that it's a practical manual. Also, a companion DVD would have been wonderful. As the online tutorials show, video really does help understand many passages.

PRACTICAL ADVICE:

-If you are looking for a guide on period styles, please be aware that this is not it: the concern of the author is to teach the basics to realize any style using wigs (including, for once, the secret behind the incredible 1700's styles), but the scope of the book does not include a period by period how-to, which you can find elsewhere.

-If you are only marginally interested in the subject, and are just looking for tips on how to manage hair in your own amateur theater production, you may find this a little daunting.
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4.0 out of 5 stars T pin warning 29 Oct 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The reason I chose to give a 4 star rating, is that this book is American and they use things that we dont consider the best products.Like T Pins, we would never use T pins on a wig, they just cause so much damage when removed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 17 Jun 2013
By FoxyCox
Format:Paperback
Absolutely great, excited to start working for myself using ideas and skills from this book. Had been recommended and was exactly what I was looking for.
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