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Othello

  • Object:

    Wig

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (designed)

  • Date:

    1964 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Herbert, Jocelyn, born 1917 - died 2003 (designers)
    Wig Creations Ltd (makers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Human crepe hair on mesh netting

  • Museum number:

    S.799-1997

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Wig made from short black human hair on a mesh cap. The hairs have been individually hooked onto the netting. Interspersed throughout the black hair are grey and brown hairs to give a natural look. The cap is made from three different types of mesh: a soft caul net covering the crown of the head; a hard vegetable net around the circumference of the head, designed to keep the shape of the wig; and a soft nylon net for the hairline, the front, and behind the ears, dyed brown. Inside the cap are cross-springs covered in galloon tape stitched into the net, designed to hold the wig in place over the ears.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (designed)

Date

1964 (made)

Artist/maker

Herbert, Jocelyn, born 1917 - died 2003 (designers)
Wig Creations Ltd (makers)

Materials and Techniques

Human crepe hair on mesh netting

Marks and inscriptions

'Wig Creations Ltd'
'Sir Laurence Olivier'

Dimensions

Circumference: 57.0 cm

Object history note

Costumes purchased at the Royal National Theatre charity auction in 1996, or donated by the National Theatre prior to the auction: S.742 - S.810-1997, S.822 - S.824:2-1997. Associated production: Othello. Playwright: William Shakespeare. Designer: Jocelyn Herbert. Director: John Dexter. Wearer and actor: Laurence Olivier. Character: Othello. Performing company: National Theatre. Old Vic, London, 21.4.1964. Performance category: Drama. Costumes, jewellery, accessories and wigs for this production: S.781:1 - S.800-1997.

Descriptive line

Wig, worn by Laurence Olivier as Othello, National Theatre at the Old Vic, 1964

Materials

Human hair; Net (textile); Mesh

Techniques

Stitching; Wig-making

Categories

Entertainment & Leisure; Stage costumes

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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