Once the hair was done, it was time to move onto the individual designs for each costume.
- Imperial China inspired semi-circular headdress
- Juliet Bravo police hat
- "Lampshade" hat, riffing off of Asian conical hats
- Carmen Miranda fruit headdress
- Slosh scene headscarf
- "Pagoda" hat, with matching Pagoda themed structural costume.
Of these, only the Slosh and Carmen Miranda designs didn't have a visible hairdo underneath.
|I started by mocking up the Imperial headdress in card.|
|Carmen Miranda was also trickier than expected. I first built a base plate for the fruit to sit on, before covering this with a layer of wadding, and then the outer sequin fabric draped into a turban look.|
The slosh scene required a particularly robust headdress. For those not familiar with Panto; the slosh scene is a traditionally messy part of the show, usually involving a food fight, or mud being chucked about, or in the case of Aladdin, an extended laundry scene in which the Dame goes head first through a clothes wringer, and is doused with soap suds. Obviously an actual head of hair wouldn't last one night, so I usually get given some kind of headscarf design.
|I started with a millinery wire foundation, covered in waterproof fabric.|
|For this costume, the mic pack needed to be inside the wig to protect it, so I left a window in the back for it to be slotted through.|
|The headscarf top fabric was lined with a layer of crin and another of waterproof fabric.|
|And one more layer of waterproof fabric for good luck!|
This post is getting rather picture heavy, so I'll conclude next time with the Pagoda wig and costume, and some photos of everything in action.