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  • Place of origin:

    United States (made)

  • Date:

    1950s (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Barris, Albert (wig-makers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Human hair knotted onto net base

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Dame Alicia Markova

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This hairpiece was worn by Dame Alicia Markova. Half-wigs such as this one differ from full wigs in that they are smaller. They are fixed into the wearer's hair just in front of the crown of the head and at the nape of the neck, blending in with the wearer's natural hair.

Physical description

Half wig made from brown human hair knotted into a caul net mesh cap.

Place of Origin

United States (made)


1950s (made)


Barris, Albert (wig-makers)

Materials and Techniques

Human hair knotted onto net base

Marks and inscriptions

'Albert Barris / NEW YORK'
Label; English; On net base; Printing

Object history note

This object is part of the travelling dressing room equipment owned by Dame Alicia Markova, and together they form a unique insight into the touring life of a star in the 1950s and 1960s. Plastic containers and accessories were only just becoming generally available and had considerable advantages over previously available leather and glass dressing room accessories, especially for a dancer travelling extensively and often in hot climates; they were light, easy to clean and could all be packed into two pieces of hand luggage.

Descriptive line

Half-wig of long brown hair worn by Dame Alicia Markova


Human hair; Netting; Mesh


Knotting; Wig-making


Entertainment & Leisure; Dance


Theatre and Performance Collection

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