“There are few artists as gifted as Sam in the worlds of Hair and Fashion”, says designer Karl Lagerfeld in the foreword of Hair by Sam McKnight, the Rizzoli book by Sam that launched in tandem with his Somerset House exhibition of the same name. A beautifully crafted tome, it’s become somewhat of a collector’s item already, not just for its iconic cover of Kate Moss (an image photographed by Nick Knight for British Vogue’s December 2000 issue), but for all the amazing images that lie inside: think of the portrait of Princess Diana with short and slicked back hair; countless images of all The Supers: Linda, Christy, Naomi, Cindy and Claudia; to shoots with the modern day muses Karlie Kloss, Lindsey Wixon, Lady Gaga and Karen Elson – and that’s even before you reach the chapter dedicated to Kate Moss styled in a myriad of ways. With notes from Sam throughout, the book is a behind-the-scenes insight into the world of fashion over the past 40 years. An anthology of fashion, beauty and culture since the late 70s, it brings together Sam’s archive in a way that shows the evolution of hair and style across the decades, as well as his handiwork. In a generation where so much of the imagery we digest is downloaded onto our handset, there is something truly luxurious about sitting down and leafing through the pages of this book.
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