The Wig

A Harebrained History

Luigi Amara

The Wig

Luigi Amara

Distributed for Reaktion Books

Translated by Christina Macsweeney
256 pages | 20 color plates, 50 halftones | 5 1/4 x 8 1/4
Cloth $22.50 ISBN: 9781789143461 Will Publish October 2020 For sale in North and South America only
Whether in a court room or a dressing room, wigs come in many forms and represent many things: from power, to sexuality, to parody, to health, to self-identity, to disguise. Wigs are present at parties and in chemotherapy rooms, in pop music and contemporary art. In this witty and eloquent book, Luigi Amara reflects on the curious history of the wig and along the way takes a sideways look at Western civilization. Amara illuminates how the wig has starred throughout history, from ancient Egypt to the court of Louis XIV, and from British courtrooms to drag shows today. Containing many striking and unusual images, The Wig will appeal to all those interested in the history of fashion—as well as philosophy, art, culture, and aesthetics.
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