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  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (designed)

  • Date:

    1926 (designed)
    mid 20th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Ricketts, Charles, born 1866 - died 1931 (designers)
    Wig Creations Ltd (makers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Human hair on mesh netting

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This wig was designed for the character of Katisha in Gilbert and Sullivan's comic opera The Mikado, performed by the D'Oyly Carte Opera Comany. The Mikado was first performed at the Savoy Theatre in 1885 and was an instant success. It remains the most frequently performed of all Gilbert and Sullivan's works. New costume designs were created by Charles Ricketts for the 1926 season. These designs were used until the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company closed in 1982. This wig is based on Charles Rickett's 1926 design, but was made by Wig Creations Ltd for a later production.

Physical description

Elaborate wig and gold coloured headdress, with a long floor-length braid made from black human hair and black string mounted on a mesh cap. The wig cap is made from cotton gauze, a nylon lace front, and a caul net cap over the crown of the head. The thick braid is attached to the main body of the wig with metal poppers.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (designed)


1926 (designed)
mid 20th century (made)


Ricketts, Charles, born 1866 - died 1931 (designers)
Wig Creations Ltd (makers)

Materials and Techniques

Human hair on mesh netting

Marks and inscriptions

"Wig Creations Ltd"

Descriptive line

Wig for Katisha in The Mikado, D'Oyly Carte Opera Company, mid 20th Century


Human hair; Mesh; Netting; String




Entertainment & Leisure; Costumes; Opera


Theatre and Performance Collection

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