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Hair Design for Pride and Prejudice!

Rachel, Theatre Academy | Originally Published: 5/14/2018

One of the first shows at the LACC Theatre Academy to have a separate hair designer!

Example of the hair design for Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice had a successful opening this weekend and it was thanks to a huge team that this show, included a hair designer! Desirée Gould, a costume design student applied and got the job to be the hair designer on this Regency era play. Especially when doing a period play, the appearance helps the audience enter into the world as they are shown not only by dress but also hair how the people kept up with themselves. Some actors had wigs because they played multiple characters. The picture above shows one of the wigs that student Anastasiia Perevosova wears as her character Mrs. Gardiner. Desirée specificaly chose this wig for her and styled it specifically for her character. What the designer first does is research, and after they have found various wig sizes and styles, they do a fitting with the actor. then comes the fun part, the designing. When designing a wig style, the wig is placed on a cloth head and pinned down, then normal hair traditions are done like curling, drying, and bobby pinning.

Hair design for Pride and Prejudice

When an actor's actual hair is being done, the actor has to come in for a hair call. Just like a costume fitting, the actor is brought in to see what styles work for their hair type and what colored accessories go with their clothing and hair color. The designer might call for multiple hair calls if the styles aren't working and the designer also can change up the design throughout the dress rehearsal process. Once the show opens however, the doors are closed and all designs are final. As regency hair styles call for lots of ringlet style curls, most actors come in up to an hour before their call time so they can have enough time to be fully prepared for the top of the show. Some actors need more help than others with some doing all of the hair style, other curling but not styling, and some who need help with everything. The designer chooses other costume crew helpers to help out. Make sure to come and see the very detailed, Pride and Prejudice this weekend!

Hair design for Pride and PrejudiceThursday at 3PM and 8PM

Fridat at 8 PM

Saturday at 3 PM and 8 PM

[Photo credit: Desirée Gould]

About The Author

Rachel is a Theatre Major and a member of the LACC Theatre Academy from the Bay Area. She moved to Los Angeles to pursue theatre and is currently in her second year.