Sam McKnight is one of the most accomplished and well-respected hair stylists of his generation. His name is synonymous with modern, sexy hair - whether it's in magazines, on the runway or the red carpet.
He's won countless awards but perhaps the biggest accolade is the longstanding creative collaborations he has maintained with some of the best names in the business - Patrick Demarchelier, Nick Knight and Mario Testino; Karl Lagerfeld/Chanel, Vivenne Westwood, Balmain and Fendi to name just a few.
In the fleeting world of fashin imagery Sam's permanence is fixed in some of the most iconic images in modern history - Princess Diana's short, slicked back style, Agyness Deyn's bleached blonde crop, Madonna's Bedtime Stories cover, Cate Blanchett getting her Oscar, Tilda Swinton channelling Bowie, both Lady Gaga and her male alter-ego Jo Calderone plus countless covers and editorial stories of Kate Moss and all the supermodels.
The longevity of Sam's carrer career - over 30 years - provides a fantastic back-catalogue of references to bring to his work and it is this and his search for the new that keeps him so in demand.
Lady Diana’s Vogue shoot, a slab of meat on Lady Gaga’s head, a short blonde Evangelista crop, blue wigs at Chanel Couture… These are just a few of the hallmarks of Sam McKnight’s career heroed by Allure in their six-page retrospective on his life and work. In what was a different twist on the usual formula for a nostalgic feature, the editorial also included a newly commissioned story with model Hilary Rhoda, shot in New York by photographer Terry Tsiolis. “The last time we worked together was for the second issue of Allure over twenty years ago, so here we go again!”, said Sam. Read the full editorial in the gallery.Page 1 of 11