Iconic wigs once worn by stars in movies and onstage are headed to the District for a week-long exhibit at the Italian Embassy. The display turns 20 fake heads of hair -- including wigs, and some costumes, worn in Sofia Coppola's "Marie Antoinette," the 1963 Elizabeth Taylor film "Cleopatra," and Baz Luhrmann's "Moulin Rouge!" -- into headliners, but the exhibit aims to turn Italian craftsmanship into the real star.

"Star Wigs" is just one of some 200 events in more than 50 U.S. cities planned for the "Year of Italian Culture" sponsored by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. According to the embassy's press release, the wigs handcrafted by small Italian firm Rocchetti & Rocchetti are so unique they are essentially characters in the movies for which they were made.

The exhibit is open April 30 to May 6, although the public must RSVP at EventBrite and bring photo ID for security.