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Hair: Fashion and Fantasy

Laurent Philippon


A sassy and sumptuous look at hairstyles in fashion today, enriched by images of hair across cultures and through time

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Fashion designers, photographers and stylists love the infinite possibilities of hair. It can define a look, embellish an outfit, show status, tribe or culture. Each hairstyle says something about who we are and where we belong.

This book celebrates the art of hair: braids, curls, loose hair, mohawks, chignons, coloured hair, wigs, crops. Fabulous images from the greatest names in fashion photography mix with rare and unseen archive pictures.

There are texts from stars of fashion (Daphne Guinness, Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni), photography (David LaChapelle), and hairstyling (Laurent Philippon, Orlando Pita, Julien d’Ys), with a few offbeat commentaries: Yannick d’Is on working with Avedon, Veruschka on Ara Gallant, Patti Wilson on the Afro, Amanda Lepore on transsexual glamour.

There are celebrations of legendary fashion moments, such as Kate Moss’s first ever photoshoot, together with burlesque heroine Dita von Teese writing on Hollywood glamour, a street-level view of London’s Seventies punk scene, Vidal Sassoon in one of his last interviews, and beauty editor Kathy Phillips on blondes

This book will be a style classic, a bible for anyone in the profession, a must-have source of information and ideas, and pure pleasure for fashion addicts everywhere.

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'A celebration of our crowning glory that will appeal to all fashion addicts … witty and informative'
Woman & Home

'By the genius that is Laurent Philippon … an insightful and inspiring read.… A hair reference must have!'
Creative Head

'His flair for what’s fresh and a study of hair’s hell-raising history … never falls short of its promise of fashion, fantasy and fun'

'A celebration of fashion's crowning glory'
Marie Claire

'A striking book of curls, bobs and wigs. You'll never wash'n'go again'
Daily Mail

'Stunning photographs and commentary'
Salon Today

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Product Information

Book Details

Format: Flexibound with flaps

Size: 25.0 x 20.0 cm

Extent: 320 pp

Publication date: 28 October 2013

ISBN: 9780500291085

About the Author

Laurent Philippon is an internationally renowned fashion hairstylist. He is creative consultant for Bumble and bumble [sic], for whom he has developed revolutionary hair-styling products. He works with the greatest fashion photographers and behind the scenes at the most important fashion shows in Paris, New York and around the world. Bumble and bumble is a New York-based hair salon with a huge following in the professional fashion world.

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