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Sam McKnight

Hair Stylist

Over his 30-year career, the award-winning hairstylist has worked with major brands, lensmen, and celebrities like Princess Diana.

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Over his 30-year career, the award-winning hairstylist has worked with major brands, lensmen, and celebrities like Princess Diana.

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Biography

A celebrated high-fashion hair stylist, Sam McKnight boasts a legendary career encompassing catwalks, editorials and advertising campaigns for an extensive list of clients that includes Chanel, Fendi, Balmain, Dior and Mulberry. A regular contributor to American and British Vogue, McKnight has also styled for Dazed & Confused, Harpers Bazaar, i-D and Numéro and has worked alongside prominent photographers Patrick Demarchelier, Steven Meisel and Bruce Weber. A long-time stylist for Princess Diana, McKnight styled the now infamous slicked back hairstyle in the 1990 Patrick Demarchelier shoot for Vogue, and travelled alongside the Princess for seven years during her charity work.

Credited as the original “session stylist” McKnight initially trained as a teacher before working as an assistant at a local hairdressers in his native Scotland. Moving to London in the early 1970’s, McKnight secured a position at Molton Brown. He worked on projects for London based magazine19 and Honey before landing his first editorial shoot with Vogue in 1977. Moving to New York in the early 80’s, McKnight secured representation with leading agency Bryan Bantry and was introduced to stylists Grace Coddington, Lucinda Chambers and Katy England who were instrumental in hiring him for work on high profile shoots.

In 2008, McKnight was awarded the Lifetime Achievement honors at the Scottish Fashion Awards. The renowned hair-stylist also currently serves as the Global Ambassador for Pantene.

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