A reflection of our timeHair by Sam McKnight

Exploring the transformative role of hair
in image-making

 

 

Hair and fashion react to and reflect the moods and events of our times. This exhibition traces different styles created by McKnight from Hollywood glamour to androgynous, romantic to sexy, and fantasy to natural, cataloguing the transformative nature of hair within the image. Hosted at the Somerset House and curated by Shonagh Marshall, the retrospective celebrates the remarkable 40-year career of the master hairstylist Sam McKnight featuring iconic fashion photographs, couture garments, wigs, hairpieces and film and audio installation. Throughout his career, McKnight has worked with the most celebrated image-makers, collaborating with designers, photographers, stylists and make-up artists to create some of the most recognisable images of the past 40 years. He has worked with fashion legends like Karl Lagerfeld and Dame Vivienne Westwood, photographers such as Nick Knight and Patrick Demarchelier, and make-up artists including Mary Greenwell and Val Garland. Hair by SamMcKnight will be grouped into thematic sections, exploring different elements within McKnight’s creative process, including his collaborative relationship and his ability to transform his subject, whether a model, actress or pop personality. On view until 12 March 2017.

UNVEILING THE LITTLE-KNOW CREATIVE PROCESS
BEHIND THE CRAFT OF HAIR STYLING