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“Hair by Sam McKnight” Exhbition Embraces The Cultural Significance of Hair

Via New York Times

LONDON — Somerset House, the lavish palace perched on the banks of the Thames River that houses restaurants, the Courtauld Institute of Art and numerous galleries, has been home to exhibits on Big Bang Data, Bjork and the possibilities of a future Utopia. But until this week it had never been a frame for … hair.

On Wednesday Hair by Sam McKnight was unveiled, a retrospective on 40 years of cutting, drying and pinning artistry by the Scottish stylist, and the first show to contextualize the critical role of the hair guru in shaping today’s fashion industry. It is testament to his position as one of the most important image makers of the late 20th and early 21st centuries, with more than 190 international Vogue cover credits to his name.

“The transformative power of hair — how quickly and easily it can turn you into something or someone else — has always fascinated me. It keeps fascinating me today,” said Mr. McKnight.

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