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Grévin's know how
It takes a number of steps to create a figure. From the sculpture to the costume, here are all of secrets from behind the scenes:
150 Hours to sculpt a single face
A number of sculptors are permanently employed by the Grévin. Faces are modeled in clay during sittings with the personality, during which a number of measurements, photos, videos and 3D images are taken. The body is also modeled in clay. If the personality cannot sit for the sculptor, they work from photographs.
5L of wax per head
Once the sculpture is finished, a plaster and elastomer mold is made. Wax is then cast in the face mold, and resin in the body mold. Hands and feet are molded directly on the subject’s skin
500 000 hairs per figure
Implants and prosthetics
Hairs are implanted one by one. There are up to 500,000 hairs on one single head. The eyes, real eye prostheses, are often chosen when the personality is present. The teeth are created by a professional prosthetist.
42 Hours of makeup for a face
Makeup is done with oil paints for wax parts, acrylic for resin parts. For a perfect lookalike, all of the details need to match: moles, wrinkles, redness, under-eye circles and scars.
6M of lace & 6M of silk for Penélope Cruz's dress
Period costumes are created in the Grévin workshop based on historical documents. For contemporary personalities, costumes are often provided by their assigned tailors or they donate one of their outfits to the Grévin. As necessary, costumes are created directly in the workshop.
42 heures de peinture pour le visage
A great deal of attention is paid to accessories: bags, hats, jewellery, weapons, etc. Some accessories even belonged to the personalities themselves. Some were carefully created at the workshop.
3 working hours & 8 days of drying for a broken ear
Everything is done before the museum opens to the public: the hairdresser puts each of Céline Dion’s hairs back in place, the painter touches up Cameron Diaz's hands, the molding workshop recreates a worn-out ear, and the costume designer replaces the dresses and suits to make sure everything is perfect for the museum opening.