Until 12 March 2017
Sam is one of the top hairdressers in fashion. He is also one of the nicest people to work with – fun, inventive and extremely talented (note: we used to work with him at Vogue) so we were very happy to visit his exhibition at Somerset House and see him again this week. You might think that making a show from a hairdresser’s opus would be rather difficult but this exhibition is brilliantly done. There are backstage sets, costumes and mannequins from the Chanel and Vivienne Westwood shows (Sam was a very early collaborator with Westwood and persuaded the top models to do her catwalk shows). There is film footage, polaroids from shoots abroad, magazine covers and of course, a section devoted to Princess Diana (Sam did the hair for her ‘new look’ photographed by Patrick Demarchelier). It’s the small touches that make this such an entertaining, informative show – such as the note from Buckingham Palace saying ‘Sam, the boss needs a haircut when you return’ or the piles of product, brushes and combs that he takes to shoots and shows. If you have a teenage daughter interested in fashion or have even a vague interest in how the fashion shoots/shows happen, then don’t miss this exhibition.