ARTWORLD – the first Creative HEAD Education event, in partnership with Revlon Professional – debated artistry, and raised the question: is the craft of hairdressing an art form?
The panel – Tony Glenville, creative director at the London College of Fashion; Julie Verhoeven, artist, designer and fashion tutor at Central Saint Martins; Doris Lockhart Saatchi, renowned art critic and John Vial, session stylist, salon owner and global influencer for Revlon Professional – challenged a team of Revlon Professional session stylists to interpret the panel’s favourite works of art in hair form. The final results are stunning, intelligent and creative examples of why hairdressing is absolutely art. Take a look…
‘The Only Way is Up by Damien Hirst
Selected by: Doris Lockhart Saatchi
Styled by: Emmanuel Esteban, Anne Veck Salons
Featuring tapestry-like panels with structural black threads, textured tufts of hair left free and tinted brown and deep violet with Nutri Color Crème by Revlon Professional, hidden tubing piped smoke from the top of the model’s head to illustrate the scorched brilliance of the original piece.
Heydar Aliyev Center in Azerbaijan, designed by architect Zaha Hadid
Selected by: John Vial
Styled by: Carl Brown, Russell and Brown’s Vintage Salon
Zaha Hadid’s signature shapes were blended and curved into a seamless landscape, one which was fluid and organic and could offer a perfect backdrop to one of Hadid’s designs.
‘Hon’ by Niki de Saint Phalle
Selected by: Julie Verhoeven
Styled by: Ceri Cushen, Metropolis Hairdressing
Dubbed “the world’s most fabulous merkin” by Julie Verhoeven, Ceri crafted a central piece from a folded bundle of wefts, tinted with colours reminiscent of the hues that cover Niki de Saint Phalle’s installation. Using clippers, she shaped a feminine crescent and pinned it to the front of a classic chignon. An elegant and feminine interpretation using the piece’s colours as a central theme.
Sketches from Christian Lacroix shows by Tony Glenville
Selected by: Tony Glenville
Styled by: Sarah Necia Wood, Necia’s Hairstyling
Draped panels of smooth hair were contrasted with angular inserts, including two embroidery rings and crisp white lines of thread, which Sarah stitched by hand over the course of the evening. The lines called back the pencil lines of Tony’s own unfinished sketches perfectly – so much so that Tony promised to send a picture of the finished hair to Monsieur Lacroix himself.