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Since I mentioned her name in my previous post, I figured it’s time to devote some (and it’s not enough) space on my hair hero, Odile Gilbert. She has been in fashion for what seems like forever (the picture of Christy Turlington as a man is from 1991, the supermodel era) and although she is such a genius, she always sounds sweet and humble in interviews. It was through looking at her work that I discovered that imperfection makes perfect sometimes. It doesn’t matter if she’s doing really intricate updos or hair that looks like it’s dried after a dive at the beach, it’s her eye for detail and her enormous talent that always make it look unique. Taken from Wikipedia:

She started her career in 1975 as first assistant to the famous hairstylist Bruno Pittini, in his salon and studio. Working along with Pittini allowed her to meet celebrities and work on fashion shows and advertising photo shoots.

In 1982, she moved to New York and started working for fashion and beauty editorials in famous fashion magazines with big photographers such as Richard AvedonHelmut NewtonHerb RittsIrving PennSteven KleinPeter LindberghJean-Baptiste Mondino and Paolo Roversi, among others.

Renowned fashion and perfume houses, such as Calvin KleinLancômeGiorgio Armani and Jean-Paul Gaultier, entrusted her with styling the hair of models in their advertising campaigns. Her best known work was on fashion shows, on which she worked in tight co-operation with the designers, in some cases for many years.

In 2000, she opened her own agency in Paris, l’atelier(68), to take care of her career and also represent new talents to the beauty industry. In 2001, she created her hair accessory line, Odile Gilbert Créations. In 2003, she published Her Style, Hair by Odile Gilbert at Steidl/7L Editions ( ISBN 3-88243-925-4 ), prefaced by Karl Lagerfeld. In 2005, Sofia Coppola calls her to do the Art Direction of the main character of her next movie, played by Kirsten DunstMarie-Antoinette. In 2006 she received from Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres, the French Minister of Culture and Communications, the honorable insignia of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres. To date, she is the only female hairstylist with this honour. In 2007, the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of New York bought for their permanent collection one of the top hats made of natural hair she created for Jean Paul Gaultier’s Haute-Couture AW 2006 show.

Vogue Usa, photographed by Annie Leibovitz

Vogue Usa, photographed by Peter Lindbergh

Harper’s Bazaar, photographed by Peter Lindbergh

Vogue Italia, photographed by Peter Lindbergh

Vogue Usa, photographed by Steven Klein. This is one of the top hats made of natural hair she created for Jean Paul Gaultier’s Haute-Couture AW 2006 show, now an item of the permanent collection of the  Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of New York.

Stiletto, photographed by Valerie Belin.

A camelia hair bun backstage at the Spring-Summer 2000 Chanel Haute Couture show, photographed by Capella.

Vogue India, photographed by Paolo Roversi

Vogue Italia, photographed by Paolo Roversi

I-D, photographed by Paolo Roversi

Acne Paper, photographed by Paolo Roversi.

All images saved directly from Odile’s l’atelier site and the fashion spot forum.