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February 15, 2013


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You all do an amazing job, I love the pinking and curved edges, beautiful!

FIDM Museum

Thank you! The pinked and wavy strips really do add extra life to the hair. And so much easier to handle than the old twist paper we used to use!

Neil Fortin

Great Wigs! I am a costuming student at Boston University and we are always looking for better ways to make paper wigs for design exhibits ect. I was wondering where you get your full body/face mannequins? We are always looking for things with arms and legs and faces instead of dress forms! There is a budget for these, I can't imagine they are cheap!

Thanks for your response!

FIDM Museum

Hi Neil,

The mannequins pictured here are from the Kyoto Costume Institute: http://www.kci.or.jp/exhibitions/mannequin_e.html. We're so fortunate to have these mannequins; they're really the top of the line. In the past, we've used store display mannequins. We're located near the LA garment district, so we really had our choice of suppliers. I'm not sure if there are mannequin suppliers in the Boston area, but they are definitely available in the New York area. You might also keep an eye out for clothing stores that are going out of business, as they sell everything, including mannequins. Maybe check with local department stores and see if they'd be willing to donate older mannequins? They can be painted and re-used if they're marked. Hope this info helps! Feel free to get in touch if you have more questions.

Michele Devine

I love this and don't remember ever seeing the technique before. These are made so well and are very effective...and SO creative! Very cool.


I wish this post had been around a few years ago! I made a Marie-Antoinette paper wig for an impromptu halloween costume in 2012 and I think I did a pretty good job, but these examples would have been so helpful, particularly for the hairline.

Wigs for Black Women

Super creative and truly an original idea. Would love to see more constructions like this.


This is a great article. Wow, so many of these things I never thought of before. I often read posts, even on this site, and I think they are great, but I don’t take the time to leave a comment. I’m going to start leaving more comments for sure.

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