"Hair By Sam McKnight" Exhibition

Credit Peter MacDiarmid, Courtesy Somerset House

Credit Peter MacDiarmid, Courtesy Somerset House

To celebrate the remarkable 40 year career of famous hairstylist Sam McKnight, Somerset House are presenting a major exhibition 'Hair by Sam McKnight". An integral part of the fashion industry, Sam has been responsible for many hair creations on images of Kate Moss, Christy Turlington, Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell and Princess Diana. Working solely on fashion throughout his career, he has transformed many on the catwalk, editorial shoots and advertising campaigns. He has worked with many fashion designers and magazines, shooting over 100 covers for Vogue alone.
 

Credit Peter MacDiarmid, Courtesy Somerset House

Credit Peter MacDiarmid, Courtesy Somerset House

This exhibition will unveil the creative process behind the craft of hair styling within fashion and explore the relationships between McKnight and key, long-term collaborators: photographers such as Nick Knight and Patrick Demarchelier, models including Kate Moss, Stella Tennant and Christy Turlington, stylist Lucinda Chambers, and designer Karl Lagerfeld.
 

Credit Peter MacDiarmid, Courtesy Somerset House

Credit Peter MacDiarmid, Courtesy Somerset House

It will include some of the most iconic images in popular culture and some of fashion's most memorable looks, from Princess Diana's short, slicked back style to Madonna's Bedtime Stories, and Tilda Swinton channelling David Bowie, tracing different movements and hairstyles, from nostalgic to androgynous, romantic to sexy, red to platinum, cataloguing the transformative nature of hair within the image.
 

Film credits: Matthew Donaldson, Mastered, Eamonn Hughes. Edit by Nova Dando. Music by Lou Hayter and Nick Phillips/The New Sins

The exhibition opened on 2 November 2016 and will run until 12 March 2017.

Tickets: £12.50, £10 concessions 

For more information visit the website: www.somersethouse.org.uk


To accompany the exhibition, a book has been published, with the same name, Hair By Sam McKnight.