EUGENE SOULEIMAN - BIOGRAPHY
Eugene Souleiman is one of the most influential hair stylists today, a true visionary who inspires and sets the trends that other stylists follow. His sense of humour and unique way of looking at hair permeates every avant-garde style he creates. He especially thrives to push boundaries- taking risks with both colour and length and this is most prevalent in his hair sculptures. His endless stream of ideas and constant experimentation means he is continuously evolving and creating. “People should have fun with hair,” says Eugene “It grows and changes all the time. And it’s only hair, really.”
His career began in 1982, when by chance, a job placement centre led him to become an apprentice to a hairdresser. There was no turning back; Eugene had found his niche. He worked closely with Trevor Sorbie for nearly 10 years, learning the “Sassoon way”, before branching out to create cutting edge trends in his own inimitable style. For a short time in 1998 he worked at Toni & Guy, followed by a stint as Co-Creative Director for Bumble and Bumble in 1999. Soon after this he was approached to join the Vidal Sassoon team as Editorial Director. He was recently Creative Director for Tecni.Art/L’Oreal Professionnel.
Eugene has worked on shows such as D&G, Dolce & Gabbana, Moschino, Alberta Ferretti, Dries Van Noten, Celine, Chanel, Chloe, Ann Demeulemeester, Clements Ribeiro, Donna Karan, Nicole Farhi, Louis Vuitton, Menichetti, Sonia Rykiel, Narciso Rodriguez, Paul Smith, Rick Owens, Ralph Lauren, Yohji Yamamoto, Y’s, Y3, BCBG, Givenchy, Martine Sitbon, DSquared, Krizia, Kenzo, Antonio Berardi, Lanvin, Issey Miyake, Stella McCartney, Viktor & Rolf, Valentino, Hermes and Hussein Chalayan. His unique talent for interpreting designers’ ideas into a concrete vision complimenting the clothes lends him to be in constant demand.
He is a regular contributor to the most influential of fashion magazines including: Italian Vogue, British Vogue, French Vogue, US Vogue, L’Uomo Vogue, Numero, Self Service, i-D Magazine, Arena, Arena Homme Plus, W, Harper’s Bazaar, V Magazine, Another Magazine, Dazed and Confused and the New York Times.
The list of photographers he has worked with reads like a Who’s who of photography: Craig McDean, Steven Meisel, Inez Van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin, Paolo Roversi, Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott, Sean Ellis, Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, Peter Lindbergh, Satoshi, Fabien Baron, Jean-Baptiste Mondino, Mario Testino, Richard Burbridge, Richard Bush and Solve Sundsbo, with whom he has worked with on numerous advertising campaigns including: Givenchy, Fendi, Alberta Ferretti, Guerlain, Jil Sander, Moschino, Lanvin, Hermes, Yohji Yamamoto, Calvin Klein, Versus, Narciso Rodriguez, Balenciaga, Donna Karan, Emanuel Ungaro, Giorgio Armani Cosmetics, Rimmel and the Gap.
Eugene recently collaborated with Dinos and Jake Chapman on an art exhibition called ‘The Art of Chess’ where he individually styled the hair of each chess figure.
In addition, Eugene headed the styling for the Fashion Rocks Charity event, benefiting The Prince’s Trust. He oversaw 80 assistants, doing fashion presentations of designers Alexander McQueen, Calvin Klein, Christian Dior, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, YSL and many others.
Eugene is currently based in London and works extensively between New York, London, Milan and Paris.
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