News added 16/11/17: North: Fashioning Identity
A great new exhibition at Somerset House, London just opened with the fascinating idea of examining representations of the north of England and Northerners in photography, fashion and art. With over 100 photos, fashion garments and artworks from the likes of Corinne Day, Raf Simons, Paul Smith, Gareth Pugh and Stephen Jones, we highly recommend. An insight into how the realities of life in the north continues to influence new generations. Worth a trip down to see!
8 November 2017 – 4 February 2018
East Wing Galleries, Somerset House, London
Entry: £7, £5 for concessions.
News added 03/11/16: Great excitement to get a first viewing of the new ‘Hair By Sam McKnight’ exhibition at Somerset House, London and can report it’s a WOW! MUST-SEE. Sam’s great sense of humour and personality are very much in evidence as you browse photographs from his private collection – most often with some of the most famous and beautiful models and pop figures of our time, from Kate to Naomi to Lady GaGa. Curator Shonagh Marshall (who also gave us the amazing Isabella Blow show in 2013) has put together a warm insight into Sam’s 40-year career creating stories and images for the people and magazines who shape fashion. We can’t recommend enough! On til March 2017. AND there’s a book to accompany the exhibition of the same name – perfect gift for you or a hairlover you know!
News added 08/09/16: We’re thrilled by a sneak preview of a ragingly-good new exhibition at the V&A in London that opens this weekend. You Say You Want a Revolution? Records and Rebels 1966-1970 is an immersive experience as you browse six distinct sections illustrating ‘revolutions’ from politics to fashion to music, and naturally includes a working hair salon courtesy of Sassoon. Love it! As well as hairstyles, displays are brimful of clothes, letters, records, film footage and more from these particularly influential 5 years in the Sixties. Representing how Vidal Sassoon revolutionized hairdressing in this era, creating his defining geometric haircuts, the Sassoon Sunday Salon is open every other weekend, visitors to the exhibition can see competition winners receive a signature style from a Sassoon stylist.
You Say You Want a Revolution? Records and Rebels 1966-1970 in partnership with the Levi’s brand; Sound experience by Sennheiser. With additional thanks to the Grow Annenberg Foundation, Fenwick and Sassoon. Runs 10 September 2016 – 26 February 2017
News added 23/06/16: Our culture correspondent tells us the Saatchi Gallery in London’s current Exhibitionism show on the Rolling Stones is a must-visit. It’s billed as the most comprehensive and immersive insight into the band’s fascinating 50 years. Our man on the ground confirms this as a “brilliant” reference on fashion and hair. You’ve got til end August to make the Stones-trip [oh.. see what we did there… naughty!]
Until 4th September 2016
Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York’s HQ
News added 31/07/15: Variously described as “a specialist in one-woman shows” (the Times newspaper) and someone who makes the “startlingly bonkers and utterly ordinary at the same time” (the Guardian) performance artist Victoria Melody is someone to be reckoned with! We’re keen to see the result of her latest project entitled “Hair Peace”, which explores the political, ethical and economic impact of the human hair trade – due to be performed at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival this year. Victoria’s interest in the hair sourcing process led her to contact Great Length’s UK division, who connected her with their representative in India who manages the supply of ethically sourced human hair from temples (where it is voluntarily sacrificed during a ritual known as tonsuring). Here’s hoping for an informed look at the industry. Carol Leo, managing director at Great Lengths UK, said: “We’re proud that the origin of every strand of Great Lengths hair is traceable and when Victoria got in touch, we were happy to share our ethicality journey with her.”
News added 23/07/15: Spotting Lan Nguyen-Grealis working on make-up for D&J Ambrose collections, we’re delighted to see Lan has a new book launching this September. Drawn from extensive experience working on shoots and hair shows including the L’Oreal Colour Trophy 60th edition this summer, the book is brimful of amazing images of her work we think it makes a wonderful reference point and inspiration-giver for all creative hairdressers.
Art & Makeup by Lan Nguyen Grealis
Published by Laurence King in September 2015.
280mmx205mm with 200 colour images and 208 pages. Order yours quoting ISBN -978 1 78067 4858. Hardback priced £28.00
News added 05/03/15: TONI: My Story
Enchanting in person and equally engaging in print, Toni Mascolo has put down in writing his ‘rags to riches’ story of how he and his brothers built what is arguably one of the industry’s most iconic brands. From leaving his homeland Italy at the age of 14, to receiving a knighthood, Toni’s tale spills secrets and advice in equal measure. You have to admit to being intrigued as to how his family suffers poverty, death and heartbreak as well as enjoying supreme success.
Toni: My Story – Hardback, £17.99. John Blake Publishing
News added 11/28/2014: Dr.a.g.
Big respect for Christopher Logan’s newly released coffee table book, d.r.a.g. It’s filled with photographs that capture the world’s most celebrated drag superstars, taken by leading photographers. Fantasy fabulous! Here is a portfolio of USA drag icons, from underground drag royalty to the new breed of reality television stars, which makes for an alluring collection. Browse at your leisure for a gentle and fun reminder that hair is a powerful and transformative tool. We like a book that reinforces how regardless of who you are, your gender, height face shape, hair is what makes or breaks a look. Reference for shoots, shows or leave on the salon coffee table? Provocative and beautiful.
The idea for, d.r.a.g. stemmed from Logan’s filmmaking aspirations, “I had written a film on drag and was looking for a fun way to fund it,” he explains. “A book seemed the perfect vehicle because would come from people who enjoyed the subject matter. Also the book might create awareness for the film and maybe help build an audience eager to see it.”
With proceeds helping to fund Logan’s film-in-the-making, in buying this book you’ll be giving back to the arts industry as well as being wowed by some iconic hair styles as well as some really rather wild and whacky ones too.
The second edition of Christopher Logans’ dr.a.g is available for purchase now in some bookstores or direct from http://bookthefilm.com with local UK shipping.
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