I told him I would cut it all! Celebrity stylist Sam McKnight recalls giving Princess Diana THAT iconic cut and how he doubted she was the right person to work with Emma Corrin.
Celebrity hairstylist Sam McKnight has recounted how he gave Princess Diana the iconic haircut that she wore for the last years of her life.
Sam, 65, who has also worked with Kate Moss and Lady Gaga, revealed that he met Diana during a Vogue shoot where he was working as a hairdresser.
He revealed that after filming she asked him what he would do to his hair if he had the chance and he said:? “I would cut it all and start over.”
Signature Style: Celebrity hairstylist Sam McKnight has recounted how he gave Princess Diana the iconic haircut she wore for the last years of her life
Recalling their meeting at British Vogue and YouTube UK’s free masterclass series Vogue Visionaries, Sam said: ‘The first time I met the Princess of Wales was on a set.
‘This leggy blonde comes skipping up the stairs, she smiled and made us all melt, and she was Princess Diana …
‘We had a really beautiful day and we were doing face portraits for [British Vogue] magazine and [Diana] She was wearing a tiara and I made her hair appear short under the tiara.
‘This was in 1990, I made it look short under the tiara, I faked it a bit … At the end of the day, she said,’ What would you do with my hair if I told you ‘just do anything’? ‘and I said’ I’d cut it all off and start over ‘.
Screen Star: Sam also talked about an encounter with the on-screen Diana, Emma Corrin, who plays the mother of Prince William and Harry in the Netflix drama The Crown (pictured from 2020).
“ It was the early 90’s and it was around that time that I was doing a lot of shows and covers and a lot of the girls had short hair and we were going from the great 80s to the sharp, more androgynous, business chic of the years 90 ‘.
So she said, “Well why don’t you cut it now?” So I cut it then and we never look back. ‘
Sam also recalled the sweet moment when Diana stopped to speak to her mother during a visit to a factory in Scotland, where she had shown up to see the late Royal.
Warm: Sam also recalled the sweet moment when Diana stopped to speak to her mother during a factory visit in Scotland, where she had appeared to see the late Royal (pictured from 1990)
Admitting it was “ the greatest pride she had ever felt in her work, ” she said: “ I had a moment in the 90s … I remember Princess Diana had gone to visit a factory near where my mother lived in a people of Scotland.
‘My mom and her friends were outside and [Diana] I had never met my mother before. So I think it tells the story, one of my mom’s friends yelled “This is Sam’s mom” and for some reason the Princess knew exactly who she was talking about and she came over and talked to her and that made her day. my mom.
“I think for me that was probably the greatest pride I have ever felt in my work.”
Sam also talked about an encounter with the on-screen Diana, Emma Corrin, who plays the mother of Prince William and Harry in the Netflix drama The Crown.
Famous faces: Sam McKnight is a stylist known for his work with celebrities such as Princess Diana, Kate Moss, and Lady Gaga (pictured from 2019).
He said he met Emma prior to her British Vogue cover in October 2020 and said their meeting removed any doubt that he was the “ right choice. ”
Sam said, ‘Emma [Corrin]. From one princess Diana to another. I remember that day. That was my first job after the first lockdown in the summer.  And I remember when work came I wasn’t really sure I was the right person to do this …
‘And indeed it was a pleasure and Emma was a pleasure, and I was quite impressed by how similar Emma was to Princess Diana in her appearance. And she was such a lovely girl that doubts and fears were left behind and I think it’s a great cover. ‘
Episode three of Vogue Visionaries: Hair with Sam McKnight is now available to watch on British Vogue’s YouTube channel.