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  • Object:


  • 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:


  • 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)


1964 (made)


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'


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


Human hair; Net (textile); Mesh


Stitching; Wig-making


Entertainment & Leisure; Stage costumes


Theatre and Performance Collection

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