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Weekend 101: Hair By Sam McKnight

When you hear the sentence ‘more Vogue covers than anyone else’, naturally it’s easy for Kate Moss or Gisele Bündchen to spring to mind.

But the owner of this accolade doesn’t actually feature on the front of the magazine, he is a star in the background perfecting the hair and beauty looks behind the scenes.


The man in question is Sam McKnight, arguably fashion’s most famous hairdresser. A new major exhibition at Somerset House goes behind the hair to tell a suitably stylised story of how his career came to be and takes a look at his best styles which span over a 40-year career from the late 1970s to the current day.


Guests are treated to behind the scenes of his hair concepts for fashion powerhouses Vivienne Westwood and Chanel as they walk around the gallery.

Sam’s special personable relationships with the best in the business are also apparent, particularly through a room of photographs and Polaroids, and we hear how he famously first met Naomi Campbell in her school uniform as she had to head straight to a shoot from school.



As well as cutting and styling hair, the talented hairdresser also loves wigs, which he describes as the new hats. The colours he died the wigs were apparently inspired by the flowers in his garden.

Every beauty and fashion fanatic should pay a visit to this stunning and jam-packed exhibition. Hair is an essential way of life for almost everyone, and as McKnight so eloquently put it himself, “Life if the runway for normal people”.


Hair by Sam McKnight runs until 12 Mar 2017 at Embankment Galleries.


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