Behind the Scenes: Julien d'Ys Creates Heads and Wigs for The Model as Muse

Exploring the reciprocal relationship between high fashion and evolving ideals of beauty, The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion focuses on iconic models of the twentieth century and their roles in projecting, and sometimes inspiring, the fashion of their respective eras. The exhibition, organized by historical period from 1947 to 1997, will feature haute couture and ready-to-wear masterworks accompanied by fashion photography and video footage of models who epitomized their epochs.

Julien d'Ys, working in his Lower Manhattan studio, designs heads and wigs for the exhibition The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion. "You have to be extraordinary," he says as he destroys one of the wigs, "they are all waiting." Wielding tulle, scissors, and spray glue, the artist talks about the methods to his madness. He shares his process, inspiration, and his own muses. Heads and wigs created and styled by Julien d'Ys and the Tamaris team.

Learn more about The Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Directed and Produced by Christopher Noey

Director of Photography: Jessica Glass | Editor: Kate Farrell | Production Assistant: Angela Kim

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