The word wig first appeared in the English language around 1675. History tells us that Egyptians wore wigs as did the early Greeks and Romans. And, as I learned from a little research, it’s mainly Western cultures and societies where wigs are fashionable and acceptable today. In other parts of the world wigs might be used as part of traditional theatrical costumes as are worn in China, Korea and Japan. In Great Britain and most of the Commonwealth countries, special wigs are worn by barristers, judges and some civic officials, but that practice is changing and slowly falling out of favor.
As to who and why? Some people wear wigs because they are bald, men and women, and they want to look better. Of course actors often wear a wig on stage, screen or television to enhance a role they are playing. So, who’s buying these wigs in the window? For an occasion or every day wear? Well, a wide variety of men and women, even some children, for different reasons.Vanity. Medical conditions. Lots of good reasons why I’m sure. But in staring into this window, at this scene, I looked right past the wigs and stared into the lovely eyes of the wearers. The disembodied heads sporting life-like strands. Blond. Black. Even a touch of gray. Long. Short. Curled. Straight. Cute gals, attractive, made up to party and impress. Notice the eyes. The makeup. Killer looks. Beads and necklaces thrown about the neck and earrings to die for. Gorgeous women bedecked with a powerful head of hair. As the light fades, and the music cranks up, better stand back, ladies and gentlemen, because this gang, with ever proud hair on their head in place, is ready to party down. Will they ever return to their window?