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.

SHOWstudio - Sam McKnight Interview

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  • Chanel Spring/Summer ‘14

    Hair is brushed back and gel applied to the hairline.

    Hair is parted down the middle of the back of the head.

    Hair is then folded around the nape of the neck and secured with grips, giving the head a smooth silhouette

    Lengths are then folded up and secured with grips, so that all the hair lies completely flat to the head

    Wig caps were then placed on top to act as the base for the wigs that were to follow and secured with more grips

    Once placed on top of the wig caps, the wigs were cut and razored so that blunt fringes sat just over the eyebrows

    Hair straighteners were then used to give the hair a light lift at the ends

    Finally, hairspray was applied in an upwards motion, to give a light floating feeling to the ends of the hair