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Oct 17, 2023

SAM'S FASHION EDIT AT SELFRIDGES

We’ve got some WIG news here at Team McKnight… I’m thrilled to announce that a collection of my era-defining looks from the runway and more is currently being exhibited at the one-and-only Selfridges. Head on down from between the 11th and 24th of September to see The Fashion Edit, a feature of some of my most memorable and unique creations, from the likes of Lady Gaga and Karlie Kloss, to the unforgettable shows of Chanel, Fendi, Vivienne Westwood and Dries Van Noten. Just don’t touch the wigs!

Sam x

SAM'S FASHION EDIT AT SELFRIDGES

KATE MOSS FOR VIVIENNE WESTWOOD 'ON LIBERTY' AW94

An exaggerated faux hawk with curls and frizz inspired by Vivienne
Westwood's historical, theatrical and punk heritage. 

 
Creative Director: Vivienne Westwood
Hair: Sam McKnight
Makeup: Mary Greenwell

 

LADY GAGA FOR THIERRY MUGLER AW11

Punk and gothic was the inspiration for Nicola Formichetti’s debut womenswear collection. Featuring Mother Monster; Lady Gaga’s hair was styled with a short black punky fringe and 4-foot-long, animalistic double ponytails that moved as she strode down the runway.



Creative Director: Nicola Formichetti
Hair: Sam McKnight
Makeup: Val Garland
Nails: Marian Newman

 

 

CHANEL HAUTE COUTURE SS16

Inspired by a sketch by Karl Lagerfeld. A crescent moon that evolved into the Chanel Croissant. A minimal, elegant sculptural hairstyle to reflect the zen-like Japanese garden of the set.


Creative Director: Karl Lagerfeld
Hair: Sam McKnight
Makeup: Peter Phillips
Nails: Anny Errandonea

 

CHANEL READY TO WEAR AW15

Super-sized, exaggerated ponytails, made from cut strips of couture tweed and silk incorporated into hair pieces created to blend seamlessly with each models natural hair colour.


Creative Director: Karl Lagerfeld
Hair: Sam McKnight
Makeup: Peter Phillips
Nails: Anny Errandonea

 

FENDI READY TO WEAR SS17

A youthful 90’s Skater girl with a myriad of styles from double half up, to single half up, to low ponytails with accessories fashioned from the collection’s footwear and bag hardware.

 
Creative Director: Karl Lagerfeld
Hair: Sam McKnight
Makeup: Peter Phillips

 

DRIES VAN NOTEN SS22

Mirroring the exquisite prints and colours of the collection, hair pieces were meticulously hand-painted to create mysterious hair veils completely covering the face.


Stylist: Nancy Rhode
Hair: Sam McKnight
Makeup: Lucy Bridge
Nails: Sylvie Macmillan

 

'WHAAM!'
LINDSEY WIXON FOR GARAGE MAGAZINE AW 2012

Lindsey Wixson



Lindsey Wixson stars as a scorned Pop-Art princess for GARAGE magazine wearing acid-hued femme fatale hairstyles, reinterpreting American pop artist Roy Lichtenstein‘s comic book language.

Photography: Nick Knight
Stylist: Katy England
Hair: Sam McKnight
Makeup: Petros Petrohilos
Nails: Marian Newman
In picture: Lindsay Wixson


KARLIE KLOSS FOR W MAGAZINE, OCTOBER 2012


Karlie Kloss



A macabre, fairy tale illustration-inspired editorial, featuring Karlie Kloss wearing exaggerated, theatrical, sculptural wigs for the sheer unapologetic fantasy of haute couture.

Photographer: Nick Knight
Stylist: Edward Enninful
Hair: Sam McKnight
Makeup: Val Garland
Nails: Elsa Durrens

 

VIVIENNE WESTWOOD GOLD LABEL
'SAVE THE ARCTIC' AW13/14

Rather than using hair pieces the decision to incorporate discarded garment bags braided into the hair to create extended braids was inspired by Vivienne Westwood’s strong environmental beliefs. Reuse, repurpose, recycle.



Creative Director: Vivienne Westwood
Hair: Sam McKnight
Makeup: Val Garland
Nails: Marian Newman

 

VIVIENNE WESTWOOD GOLD LABEL
'GET A LIFE' SS10

Inspired by a 17th-century line drawing of a man running down the stairs with his hair on fire. Hair pieces were coloured and styled into flames with Dame Vivienne Westwood joining the fold as she often did.



Creative Director: Vivienne Westwood
Hair: Sam McKnight
Makeup: Val Garland
Nails: Marian Newman

 

STELLA TENANT FOR VOGUE ITALIA, MARCH 2011

Created for iconic model Stella Tenant wearing exaggerated, theatrical, sculptural
wigs for the sheer unapologetic fantasy of haute couture.



Photographer: Paolo Roversi
Stylist: Edward Enninful
Hair: Sam McKnight
Makeup: Linda Cantello

 

Weren't able to see the exhibition in person but want more BTS? Take a look at the limited edition re-issue of Sam's iconic book, Hair by Sam McKnight, and explore some of the most iconic images in popular culture, from Princess Diana's short, slicked-back style, Madonna's Bedtime Stories cover, Tilda Swinton channelling David Bowie, Lady Gaga and countless editorial stories featuring the ultimate model for everywoman, Kate Moss.

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