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The Postiche Collection, 2011

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The Postiche Collection, 2011

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The Postiche Collection, 2011

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The Postiche Collection, 2011

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The Postiche Collection, 2011

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The Postiche Collection, 2011

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The Postiche Collection, 2011

Work / Photography

Julian Wolkenstein: The Postiche Collection

We all know men can get a bit particular about their facial hair. But what you might not be aware of is a fascinating, little-known historical subculture known as “postiche”; the adorning of one’s manly jowls with patchwork or quilted beards (often handed down through the generations!) “Postichery” is actually the invention of Julian Wolkenstein, our beloved purveyor of outlandish concepts, who teamed up with Paul Sharp to stage this act of bold fakery – presenting their “historical findings” in a faux-exhibition catalogue from the imaginary Museum of Helsinki. Julian calls his work a “metafiction…sitting on the knife’s edge of believable/unbelievable.”