What is the name of those white wigs that George Washington and the solder’s wear?

Question by Luv2no is in the house: What is the name of those white wigs that George Washington and the solder’s wear?
Were they just for the higher government? I’m just curious when that all started and ended. They look strange to me! What were they made of?
How did they get those weird curls in their hair?
How did they get those weird curls in their hair?

Best answer:

Answer by randman21
They were actually just called powdered wigs. And they weren’t for higher government figures, although they were used primarily for formal occasions. Some men just had long hair (also powdered). As far as I know, it started in the 1700s, and it’s hard to imagine that its utter weirdness kept it in style past 1800.

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6 thoughts on “What is the name of those white wigs that George Washington and the solder’s wear?

  1. Sybaris

    Actually, it seems George Washington didn’t wear a wig!

    “He wore his own hair which was light brown in color, tied in a queue and powdered. The queue was sometimes worn in a small black silk bag.”
    http://gwpapers.virginia.edu/project/faq/index.html

    However, this would have been the “queue”, “tie” or “bag” wig for most that you mention, as they were the most popular at the time, particularly for men in the army or navy.

    The fashion for wigs started in France in the 17th century; the story goes that Louis XIII went bald and wore a wig to cover it up. At that time it would have been the full-bottomed type that Charles II and Samuel Pepys also wore. All different kinds came into style over the next century – it was a fashion that lasted a long time! – and for most of the time people powdered them, or their own hair if they didn’t want to wear a wig, or afford one.

    The poster above gives a good site. Here’s more:
    http://www.stitchnsave.com/wigs/Colonial_Wigs.asp
    http://boston1775.blogspot.com/2007/01/what-wigs-said-about-professions.html

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  2. Anna Og

    He powdered his hair with a talc like substance and it was messy, sticky and hard to get out. Wigs were less messy but they were powdered also. Icky stuff, aren’t you glad guys don’t do that now? It does look a bit weird. But it was fashion and men were dandy’s. That was a time in history that men were slaves to fashion.

    Many of the ques and periwigs were made of horse hair and hot. A full shoulder wig mean you had MONEY and could afford one. Yes they do look strange,

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  3. Bonnie

    They were called powdered wigs. The higher up that you were in the government the bigger your wig. Now I don’t know what they were made of but they look stupid to me

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