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.

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    Couture shoots are always something of a fantasy, to represent the elaborate and decadent pieces of art that are being shot. This ‘Sweet Escape’ story shot by Nick Knight for W Magazine, featuring model Karlie Kloss, is something of an ethereal wonderland of images, with make-up by the incredible Val Garland and all wigs customised by Sam.
    All the wigs, as you can see in the images, were larger than life, vibrant, custom-coloured and cut on the day on set, using 3-4 different colours on each wig for a real other-worldly effect. The shoot itself was a long day. Shot in Paris, it involved changing the set, make-up and hair each and every shot, such was Nick’s vision. Karlie, ever the professional, really absorbed the role of couture ballerina, getting in a few¬†precariously¬†balanced positions and going that extra mile to make sure the shot looked right.
    The flower and tulle head-dresses were made by Sam on the shoot. Speaking of the day, he said, “I was making it all up a bit as I went along, photographer Nick and stylist Edward Enninful really let Val and I run riot on hair and make-up. It was so much fun”.
    See more images from the shoot on W Magazine’s website here.
    Check out Nick Knight’s Tumblr page for more insight into the day here.
    Click here to see all the beautiful images from this shoot in Sam’s Portfolio.
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