On my first day working for him, I walked into the studio and asked him what his philosophy was. He said, “my philosophy is to make a woman beautiful” and that was it – it stuck in my head ever since.
AM: Your collections are very distinctive, how would you describe your style?
AS: My style is very eclectic. I like to go where people don’t normally go. I like to experiment and always aim to do something original and beautiful. The end result is very important for me. It has to be stunning but it can also be grotesque in a very cool way. I think a lot of fashion designers in my career have influenced me. When I was working with and Yohji Yamamoto, I always observed the fact that Yamamoto is very abstract, whereas on the other hand, someone like Hussein Chalayan is very scientific and very clean. I like to look at fashion designers, how they make their garments, their colours. They inspire me a lot more than looking through hair books, which I feel can be quite limited.
AM: You’re involved in many different elements of the hair world across several disciplines. Can you tell us about your work with fashion curator Judith Clark?
AS: In the past 8 to 10 years I’ve been collaborating with Judith. Besides the fact that she’s a good friend and someone I adore, she’s given me the opportunity to collaborate with her on some amazing fashion exhibitions. The Vulgar at the Barbican Centre has been really interesting and important to me since it’s for a fashion history exhibition. The work is similar to what I did for the exhibition Diana Vreeland after Diana Vreeland at the Fortuny Museum in Venice. I also worked on Chloé’s 60-year anniversary show at the Palais de Tokyo, which was just amazing because it’s my favourite museum, it’s one of the places I find most inspiring.