He's tended to the hair of the most famous women on the planet and now, in celebration of his new book and an exhibition at London's Somerset House, Sam McKnight shares some of his favourite A-list moments with Beauty Editor Nadine Baggott. Find the full story in HELLO! on sale now.
Over his 40-year career, Sam McKnight – the world's most in-demand hairstylist – has racked up more Vogue covers than any of his rivals and his influence is huge.
Hairstylist Sam McKnight is releasing a book documenting his career
More used to working his magic behind the scenes, in the coming months Sam will be centre stage thanks to a new book and an exhibition of his work at London's Somerset House. More than just a retrospective, they feature photos and objects that give a personal insight into the work involved in creating some of fashion's and celebrity's most memorable looks.
"My book is not just a collection of my printed work," says Sam. "It has lots of moments captured backstage and behind the scenes, as well as my personal Polaroids, just as the exhibition contains wigs that I have created, tools that I've worked with, clothes and outfits, as well as the images from the book.
Sam shared some of his special celebrity style moments
"So you get to experience the process of creating images and shows."
The hairstylist shared some of his special celebrity style moments from the past five decades, including working with Diana, Princess of Wales.
"I remember the day that I met Diana so clearly. I was with Patrick Demarchelier and [make-up artist] Mary Greenwell and we were shooting the new generation of royals," Sam recalled. "No one told us she was coming and suddenly this blonde woman comes up the stairs looking just like a model. Tall, elegant, long-legged, smiling, striking; so funny and great to be around."
Read the full interview in HELLO! out now.