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Guido Palau: "Hair"


Kate Moss in the Calvin Klein campaign - 1993

Guido Palau

Guido Palau is a persistent trendsetter in the world of hair styling, described by the British Vogue as “the world most in-demand hair stylist”. Models’ incredible “basket hair” at Alexander McQueen Spring/Summer 2011 fashion show or the grunge look of Kate Moss in the 90’s… These were the styles created by him.

After working at Vidal Sassoon in London in the 80’s, Guido Palau met David Sims, a well-known fashion photographer. The two teamed up to build a portfolio of test pictures, casting their models in the streets. These grunge-inspired pictures grabbed Calvin Klein’s attention and the designer hired them to work on his 1993 campaign, with young, promising model Kate Moss. That was the beginning of a successful career for all of them.

Today, Guido Palau is a renowned hair stylist who works on photographic shoots, advertising campaigns and fashion shows. His avant-garde creations have led him to work with the world’s most important designers, photographers, magazines, and brands. He still collaborates with David Sims, but also with other talented fashion photographers as Steven Meisel. Guido Palau’s work is regularly featured in magazines such as Vogue, Love or W. Each season, he designs hair for more than 30 fashion show. Amongst these: Prada, Balenciaga, Versace…


Alexander McQueen - 2011

“Hair” – The Book

Hair, Guido Palau’s new book released this month, celebrates his legacy. It includes 70 unique looks with visionary hairstyles created by Palau and photographed by David Sims.

Palau used different references to create those looks, from the past (Japanese hair…) and some more futuristic. Looking at the pictures, it seems obvious that there is nothing natural about the people on this book. Paulo and Sims wanted to put all the life of the photos in the hair, neutralizing the models, removing their personality on purpose. Guido explains that he considered this project of a new book as a challenge about what can be done with hair. As a sculptor, he used hair as his material to create unique, sculptural hairstyles.

This book is not supposed to be instructive, it does not tell people how to do their hair. It just brings people to think and look at hair and beauty differently.


Pictures from "Hair"

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