Artists Asya Kozina and Dmitriy Kozin are taking the historical accessory of white powdery wigs to a whole new level. Based in Saint Petersburg, the talented duo works entirely with paper to create colossal, wearable sculptures that are layered with intricate designs. Although their creations feature a variety of motifs—from airplanes to ships to entire palaces—they are all founded from a deep love and fascination for the fashion of the Baroque and Rococo art movements.
These intricate wigs take an average of one week to make from conception to the physical product. The artists say that most of the laborious work takes place in the brainstorming and sketching stage—once the draft is settled, it is just a matter of executing the sculpture. Like their inspirational predecessors in the Baroque and Rococo periods, Kozina and Kozin like to imbue their wigs with contemporary images of sophistication and wealth, like planes and skyscrapers. Other decorations include butterflies, flowers, feathers, as well as layers of cut paper that are styled to emulate vintage geometric hairstyles. Although their inspiration is from the past, the artists say that they see their creations as existing “in an alternate universe, where wigs are still fashionable—like retro-futurism.”
Kozina and Kozin’s unique, time-consuming headdresses have gained attention as wearable art and fine art sculptures. In fact, their fancy wigs have been exhibited in museums and, in December 2019, the two artists were asked to accessorize the models of Dolce & Gabbana’s runway show. There, the wigs were inspired by folklore, specifically maritime imagery, like fictional sea monsters, whales, and lobsters.