Charlie Le Mindu describes the spirit of punk as the lifeblood of his work, and it is clear to see how his hair art embodies the rebellious nature of this movement. Whether he is sending models down the runway in braided burkas, or draped in thick, animalistic hair, his creations never fail to create a spectacle or spark controversy, as he transforms his muses into surreal masked characters, as seductive as they are monstrous. Moving effortlessly between the realms of fashion, art, theatre and installation, Le Mindu’s hair pieces are equally at home on catwalks and in museums, and are popular with artists including Lady Gaga, Peaches and Rossy de Palma. Hairstylist, artist, designer… his practice is hard to define or label. Le Mindu prefers “coiffuriste”, a term coined by French choreographer Philippe Decouflé. “He didn’t know what else to call me,” Le Mindu explains, “for him it means an artist who uses the medium of hair to do whatever they want”.