At the London 2012 Olympic closing ceremonies British designers were showcased by nine of its top models Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Stella Tennant, Karen Elson, Lily Donaldson, Lily Cole, Georgia May Jagger, Jourdan Dunn and David Gandy all wore clothes by top British designers Alexander McQueen, Vivien Westwood, Jonathan Saunders, Stephen Jones, Burberry, Victoria Beckham, Christopher Kane, Paul Smith and Erdem.
I wanted to create hairstyles for each individual model that were glamorous, modern and powerful and be able to stand up to the unpredictable London weather.
I’ve known Kate, Naomi and Karen since they were teenagers and I’ve worked with Vogue Fashion Director Lucinda Chambers and Make up artist Val Garland for many years so there was a great family atmosphere back stage. The moment the supermodels graced the world stage was fantastic, with each model transported into the arena behind a huge billboard of themselves shot by Nick Knight and featured in the September issue of British Vogue. It has bean a fantastic Olympics and I was honoured to be asked to be a part of the British Vogue section.
View Vogue’s closing ceremony gallery here.
View Vogue’s Olympic fashion shoot gallery here.
View Sam Mcknight’s magic backstage at the closing ceremony here.