This is a book devoted to hair. It also tells of one woman's passion, her extraordinary career and outstanding hairdressing skill. Wendy Iles's archive gives us a selection of exquisite photographs from her European works of fashion images with its famous couturiers, photographers and models.
Wendy Iles was born in Tasmania Australia and grew up in a small farming district close to Devonport. It was at the age of 5 that she dreamt to be a hairdresser not knowing what kind of career was awaiting her. She opened with her parents help her own Salon at the age of 16, but being too young and inexperienced headed to London where she learned from the grand master Vidal Sassoon. After returning some years later around 1985 her salon became an overnight success, growing from a staff of 2 to 16 within 6 months with a 4 to 6 week waiting list. Being the perfectionist she is known to be, she herself retrained each new senior salon hairdresser employed into the Sassoon cutting and color techniques .Her salon was quite unique being one of the first to introduce such new advanced cutting and coloring methods to the Australian public. Soon after, Wendy started working with Australian Vogue on her first freelance assignments and was quickly booked to do major hair print and film publicities for most major hair and beauty lines throughout Australia. This took over her life ending with the sale of a great business and a move toward further challenges from Sydney to NY as a full time freelance hairdresser as Wendy is today. In 1995 Wendy moved to Paris, France searching for the challenge to work and live amongst the French. Paris being a perfect choice with its haute couture houses and luxury labels to work alongside. In 2007 Wendy was approached by the German publishing company, Printkultur to publish a book on her Hair work. This beautiful book Archive a book on the career of Wendy Iles and her most famous hair images was released in January 2008 in three languages; English French and German. Worldwide press around Archive has been outstanding. Magazine editors have been very supportive of this beautiful book dedicated to one womanâ€™s passion for hair and her outstanding career. Wendy stands today a strong figure in the world of hair. Her clients stand alongside many celebrity clients in London, Paris, Milan and NY. Glossy magazine editorials include luxury brands like Dior, Chanel, Hermes, Boucheron, Cacharel, Louis Vuitton, and the beauty houses of Lâ€™Oreal, Wella, Pantene, Lancome, Astor, Nivea, and Schwarzkopft. Today Wendy resides between Europe and the US. She is still as passionate as she was at 5 years old about hair, and absolutely thrives on dedication, challenges and hard work. Show More