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Hair by Sam McKnight: An Outstanding Exhibition

Saturday, 03 December 2016 21:40

Somerset House in London is showcasing a major exhibition celebrating the 40-year career of master hairstylist, Sam McKnight. Featuring many of fashion's most iconic hairstyles, it unveils the little-known creative process behind the craft of hairstyling.

The exhibition traces the legacy of hairstyling from the 1970s to today through the fascinating and illustrious career of Sam McKnight and features iconic photographs, couture garments, wigs, hairpieces and audio-visual installations.

Throughout his career, Sam McKnight has worked with many of the most celebrated image-makers, collaborating with designers, photographers, stylist and make-up artist, including designer legends like Karl Lagerfeld and Vivienne Westwood and photographers such as Nick Knight and Patrick Demarchelier. In doing so, he has created some of fashion most recognisable styles, such as Princess Diana's slicked-back bob, Tilda Swinton channeling David Bowie and Kate Moss' trademark 'done/undone' look. He has created over 100 Vogue UK covers and styled models, stars and musicians of the calibre of Linda Evangelista, Cara Delevingne, Cate Blanchett, Uma Thurman and Lady Gaga.

The Exhibition is open at London's Somerset House from November, 2nd 2016 to March, 12th 2017.

  • Kate Moss by Nick Knight, Vogue UK, September 2000. Courtesy of Nick Knight



  • Tilda Swinton, Vogue Italia, February 2003 © Craig McDean, Courtesy Art + Commerce



  • ©Alexei Hay, Trunk Archive



  • Karlie Kloss for British Vogue, November 2015. Photograph by Patrick Demarchelier



  • Shu Pei, represented by DNA Model Management, photographed by Jem Mitchell for Vogue China, April 2009



  • Sam McKnight with Linda Evangelista and Jesse the Chimp, Los Angeles, 1992. © Laspata Decaro



  • Cate Blanchett, Vogue USA, January 2014 ©Craig McDean



  • Uma Thurman German Vogue 1992 by Sheila Metzner



  • Kim Kardashian by Nick Knight for V Magazine September 2012



  • Sam McKnight photographed by Jason Lloyd-Evans



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