Neil Moodie – widely regarded as one of the best hairdressers in London – has tended to the locks of some of fashion and film’s biggest stars, including Gemma Chan, Jodie Comer, Phoebe Dynevor, Erin O’Connor, Naomi Campbell and Cara Delevingne.
But right now, it’s all about another A-lister: Barbie. Neil and the team at his London salon, the Neil Moodie Studio, have delved into the archives and created looks inspired by some of Barbie’s most iconic hairstyles since she was launched in 1959.
Boyfriend Ken has also been a source of inspiration for the fun pictures in the recent shoot, which includes 70s’ Rainbow Barbie, 2002’s Radiant Red Head Barbie (originally created by Bob Mackie), 2010’s So In Style Barbie, 1980’s First Black Barbie and the 60s’ Mod Barbie. The looks also include a re-imagination of 1992’s Totally Hair Barbie, which had hair down to the toes. It became the highest-selling Barbie doll of all time, with more than 10 million sales worldwide.
Neil Moodie commented, “Barbie has been such a big part of our culture for 64 years. She has transformed and evolved throughout the last eight decades, so the inspirations are broad and diverse. The research was so interesting: you can see from the various versions of Barbie what may have been going on in society when each was released. I didn’t want the team to copy the original styles like-for-like, but to reimagine and update them to be contemporary, wearable and fun.”
16A Lamb St,
London E1 6EA
Photography : Michael Sabuni
Art Direction: Neil Moodie
Make- Up: Tamsin Ballinghall
Models: Naomi, Jacob, Adam, Graziella, Rose, Milan, Emmie
Hair team: Brixton Cowie, Valentina Ingrosso, Cat Hindle, Eddie Parker, Hannah Button, Luke Tyrell, Francesca Spirito