Fashioning hair: an exhibition preview

London’s must-see exhibit this Autumn

We don’t usually preview exhibitions on this blog, but sometimes something comes along that’s too special to leave out. This winter’s retrospective of the work of hair stylist Sam McKnight, which takes place at Somerset House in London, is a must-see for anybody interested in media, fashion, modelling or style.

1. Kate Moss by Nick Knight, Vogue UK, September 2000. Courtesy of Nick Knight7. Karlie Kloss for British Vogue, November 2015. Photograph by Patrick Demarchelier

Identity? It’s a pretty hairy subject

One of the central questions we’re told that this exhibition posits is: how much does hair transform identity? How much does it change the way we look, arguably even more than clothes are able to? Not only will the exhibition bring these ideas into focus but there’s also one installation featuring film footage of McKnight’s hands in motion to show how his hairstyles come into being.

He’s more a King than a (Mc)Knight…

McKnight has worked with anyone and everyone, from all the social media starlets including Cara Delevigne and Kendal Jenner to major pop stars like Lady Gaga and Kylie Minogue, as well as working with high-end luxury brands like Chanel and Fendi.

Not only was Sam McKnight the stylist to Princess Diana (between 1990-1997), he’s also the creative to boast having worked on the most Vogue covers – a tidy 113. That’s more than any model or photographer currently working, and is testament to the fact that hair really matters to us.

For more info visit www.somersethouse.org.uk/visual-arts/hair-by-sam-mcknight