Artist appeals for help after losing ‘magnificent’ Donald Trump wig

Artist appeals for help after losing ‘magnificent’ Donald Trump wig

Artist Alison Jackson with the Donald Trump wig. Image: Alison Jackson/twitter.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

An award-winning artist is appealing for help after claiming she lost a one-of-a-kind Donald Trump wig she says is worth thousands of pounds and took 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.

She told talkRADIO’s John Nicolson she was “completely distraught” after leaving the wig in the back of a taxi.



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

“I have a Donald Trump look-a-like who is bald unfortunately, and then I transform him into Donald Trump by putting this magnificent wig on his head and make him the right shade of orange,” she said.

“Without the wig he is just a normal bald chap who is overweight.”

She added that it took 15 stylists to create the hairpiece. 

“It is highly complicated. It is not just a normal fringe that gets brushed to the side," she said. 


'Like a lost cat' 

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".

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 organised a protest rally with the Trump lookalike and scantily clad women in Manhattan ahead of the 2016 US presidential election.