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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  • Chanel Couture July 2013

    Section off the hair at the top of the head making sure the parting is straight.

    The parting should run straight around the head.
    Gather all the hair below the parting into a ponytail and tie with elastic.

    Divide the hair form the top of the head into three sections

    Before adding the stuffing backcomb the roots of the hair

    The stuffing should be pinned square and straight across the forehead.

    Take the side section and pin it over the stuffing.

    Pin securely to the stuffing and roots of the hair.

    Repeat on the other side bringing the ends of the hair back down the centre of the head

    Pull the front section over to cover the stuffing and gather together into the ponytail at the back of the head

    Tie the hair to the ponytail.

    The head jewellery sits along the parting at the back of the head and is secured with pins.

    Pin the folded hair together at the back of the head to cover the stuffing.