A major exhibition at Somerset House celebrating Sam McKnight's remarkable 40-year career from the late 1970s to the current day.
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Sam McKnight has been instrumental in helping to create some of the most iconic images in popular culture from Princess Diana’s short, slicked back style to Madonna’s Bedtime Stories album cover and Tilda Swinton channelling David Bowie. McKnight’s work traces a vast array of movements and hairstyles, from nostalgic to androgynous, romantic to sexy, red to platinum, cataloguing the transformative nature of hair within the image.
He has worked on countless fashion editorial shoots (including over 190 Vogue covers), advertising campaigns and catwalk shows with supermodels Kate Moss, Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington and Naomi Campbell, and with international fashion designers Chanel and Vivienne Westwood.
Hair by Sam McKnight is the first exhibition to contextualise the wider cultural significance of hair and the role of the session stylist within fashion.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a book of the same name, published by Rizzoli and available for £35. Richly illustrated, Hair by Sam McKnight will also feature texts from Karl Lagerfeld, Amanda Harlech, Nick Knight, Camilla Morton, Anna-Marie Solowij and a commentary from Sam McKnight.
Directed by Nova Dando
Music by Lou Hayter and Nick Phillips for The New Sins
Featuring film excerpts courtesy of:
'Lily Donaldson’s Flying Hair by Matthew Donaldson'. Hair by Sam McKnight
'Introducing Hair: Mastered with Sam McKnight', courtesy of Mastered https://www.youtube.com/wat...
Behind the scenes footage by Eamonn Hughes
Filmed content from the book, 'Hair by Sam McKnight', published by Rizzoli.