Headpiece Design for The Met’s “Heavenly Bodies” Exhibition

Shay Ashual


MASTERFULLY CRAFTED WIGS FOR THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART’S 2018 COSTUME INSTITUTE EXHIBITION

For the Met Costume Institute’s Spring 2018 Exhibition, ‘Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination,’ renowned hairstylist and wig-maker Shay Ashual created nearly 40 wigs and headpieces for the museum’s blockbuster exhibition.

Ashual was given creative freedom to explore and interpret the theme of Catholic influence on the secular and spiritual worlds of fashion through the ages.

The wigs varied in style from avant-garde to traditional French romantic bouffants, reflecting his diverse range and technical mastery, all the while complementing the clothing on view.

Over the course of five months, the exhibition amassed over 1.6 million visitors, making it the most visited exhibition in the museum’s history.

EXHIBITION INSTALLATION