Artist Turns To The Internet After Losing ‘Irreplaceable’ Trump Wig

An award-winning artist is appealing for help after claiming she lost a one-of-a-kind Donald Trump wig she says is worth almost $20,000 and took 15 hairstylists months to make.

Alison Jackson, who photographs lookalikes of famous people in compromising situations as a commentary on celebrity culture, made the appeal on her Instagram account on Tuesday after apparently leaving the hairpiece in a black cab in London’s Leicester Square.

According to her account, Jackson is a:

“British BAFTA awarded artist, explores the cult of celebrity. Convincingly creating realistic work about celebrities using lookalikes.”

Ms Jackson said in the video:

“I’ve got to have it back. Please. It’s got a[n] orange quiff and it looks like Donald Trump’s hair.”

Watch her appeal below.

The wig was fitted on a wig maker’s block inside a black garbage bag, she told the Press Association, and is made of human hair which was dyed, cut and styled to be as close to the real US president’s “barnet” as possible—”barnet fair” is Cockney slang for hair.

It was intended to be worn by a Trump lookalike who will appear in Ms Jackson’s Leicester Square show next week.


One of Alison Jackson’s posed photos featuring a Donald Trump lookalike reading a book by Hillary Clinton (Alison Jackson/PA)

“He’s very attached to it, he doesn’t like to take it off.”

She told the Press Association:

“It’s extraordinary what happens, one minute he’s nobody and suddenly he’s got the wig on and he’s a complete and utter star.”

She added:

“That wig is part of his stardom, and probably Donald Trump’s himself.”

Without it, he is just “an overweight, bald, normal-looking guy”, she added, referring to the lookalike.

“It’s the wig that makes the man.”


A hairstylist prepares the wig (Alison Jackson/PA)

Ms Jackson reported the loss to Transport for London but has yet to hear anything back

A TfL spokesman could not confirm if any wigs had been handed in but urged anyone who loses belongings on the transport network to contact the lost property office.

As well as the official report and social media appeal, Ms Jackson said she had been putting up signs on lampposts to ask for any sightings “like a lost cat”.

The hairpiece took 15 stylists more than six months to make, she claimed, following detailed research into 1960s hairstyles and “diagrams of how to do it on the internet”.

Ms Jackson first rose to prominence in the 1990s after producing photographs of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al-Fayed lookalikes with a mixed-race child.

She won a Bafta for her 2002 BBC show Doubletake, which featured celebrity lookalikes in embarrassing situations and more recently, she organized a protest rally with the Trump lookalike and scantily clad women in Manhattan ahead of the 2016 US presidential election.

“I just need it back is the main thing.”

To see the wig in action, Jackson has videos and still images on her Instagram.

Like this behind the scenes preparation for a shoot.

And “Trump” out on the town with a few ladies to get a Big Mac.

Or having the Queen get his favorite KFC for their tea.

In addition to eating, Jackson shows the President getting a spray tan in the Oval Office.

And, uh… some other activities.

 

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You can tell the character of a person by the company they keep #Trump #MAGA

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She said of the wig:

“If nobody comes back from TfL or the taxi lost property office then I’m completely stuck.”

“It’s been missing since 10 in the morning and the show opens on Tuesday with the Donald Trump lookalike.”

She added:

“He would be so upset to arrive in England and find that there’s no wig.”

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