After many years of intense research and diligent attention to detail, the photographer Julian Wolkenstein and art director Paul Sharp introduce us to the fascinating and stimulating world of postichery. Combining rare original postiche with meticulous replicas created by technical adviser Tamara Maynes, we are given, for the first time, a wholly unique insight into this previously undiscovered sector of Gender Studies.

The portraiture series, Postichery Collection, captures male figures through the ages wearing quilted faux beards, moustaches and chin hair, which has long symbolized power, influence and masculinity for kings and leaders throughout history. The delightful stories of six beards, which are presented in a faux exhibition catalogue at the non-existing Museum of Helsinki, can be read here.

The Museum of Helsinki
Mikonkatu 8,
00100 Helsinki, Finland

Source: Huffington