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Hair by Sam McKnight

Start Date 02 November 2016
End Date 12 March 2017
Venue Somerset House
Location London, UK
Exhibition installation shot of mannequins being dresesd with wigs
Exhibition display of dressed mannequins with wigs

A major exhibition celebrating Sam McKnight’s remarkable 40-year career from the late 1970s to the current day.

Sam McKnight has been instrumental in helping to create some of the most iconic images in popular culture from Princess Diana’s short, slicked back style to Madonna’s Bedtime Stories album cover and Tilda Swinton channelling David Bowie. McKnight’s work traces a vast array of movements and hairstyles, from nostalgic to androgynous, romantic to sexy, red to platinum, cataloguing the transformative nature of hair within the image.

He has worked on countless fashion editorial shoots (including over 190 Vogue covers), advertising campaigns and catwalk shows with supermodels Kate Moss, Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington and Naomi Campbell, and with international fashion designers Chanel and Vivienne Westwood.

Hair by Sam McKnight is the first exhibition to contextualise the wider cultural significance of hair and the role of the session stylist within fashion.

To coincide with the exhibition, a major publication also titled Hair by Sam McKnight will be published, with texts by Tim Blanks, Alexander Fury, Amanda Harlech, Nick Knight, Camilla Morton, Anna-Marie Solowij, Jerry Stafford, commentary by Sam McKnight and featuring images spanning his entire career. Richly illustrated, the book features photographs by leading fashion photographers and styles commissioned by Vivienne Westwood, Balmain, Chanel and many others.  A unique reference and style bible that offers a glamorous tour through the past forty years, the book is published by Rizzoli and priced at £35.00.

Don’t miss the Hair by Sam McKnight pop-up exhibition shop with signed books, vintage magazines, postcard sets, exclusive beauty products and much more. A selection of exclusive items are also available at our new online shop.

Images © Peter Macdiarmid, Somerset House.