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Top session hairstylist Neil Moodie and fashion/accessory designer Flora McLean met in 2003 through then "FACE" magazine


The result of their collaboration gives us a new take on iconic hairstyles past and present, fusing Neil’s skills of precision haircutting and styling with floras graphic unconventional designs and her expert understanding of materials such as felt, coloured perspex, plywood and neo-preen. As well as Farrah (Fawcett), there’s the Grace (Jones), the Rykiel (Sonia), the bob and the Kelis, to name a few.

The first collection, the “classic collection” featured as a main fashion shoot in the December 2003 issue of the “face” magazine. The British broadsheet newspaper, the Daily Telegraph, wrote about the shoot in their features section, claiming them as a triumph, and in the June 2004 issue of British Vogue the “Farrah” features as the beauty opener page, stating them as “the no commitment way to a new hair look.” The British Vogue article by beauty director, Anna-Marie Solowij won the award for  “Best visual styling of a beauty feature” at the 2005 P&G beauty awards in the UK.  

Following the success of their first collection, Moodie and Mclean created a second collection, which features some iconic afro hair styles. These have appeared in i-d magazine, Numero and Japanese Vogue amongst others. The ‘Hairts’ exhibited in Colette store, Paris, July ’05, Bumble and Bumble downtown, New York, Dec ’05 - Feb ’06, and Liberty’s store London, Feb 06 - Apr ’06. For the New York exhibition they premiered “the Beyonce” on which they used 5000 Swarovski crystals. 

In 2009 their new hat the Marcel was featured in the V&A museum’s exhibition  “Hats, an Anthology by Stephen Jones.”  Then in April 2011 two of their hats were featured in the British design museum’s new book “50 hats that changed the world” Early 2012 Mclean and Moodie will be launching a new small Iconic Heads collection.  

Neil Moodie is considered as one of the top hairstylists of his generation, represented by D&V management in London and Tim Howard management in New York. He works on publications such as UK, Italian, French, Japanese, American, German and Chinese Vogue. W magazine, id, Dazed and Confused, Numero, and Harpers Bazaar, US and UK. He is also currently co-beauty editor for Wonderland magazine and opened the Windle and Moodie salon in Nov 2010 with business partner Paul Windle in Covent Garden, London. They also have their own range of electrical hair tools called WAM that launched in June 2008.

Flora McLean is the head designer of fashion label House Of Flora. McLean studied an MA in fashion womenswear at the royal college of art. House Of Flora specialises in avant-garde headwear for the catwalk, fashion campaigns and collectors. Flora has collaborated with Givenchy couture, Bill Blass, Diane von Furstenberg. Working with pvc, perspex, felt, leather, wood veneer and nylon, she is influenced by strong geometry and architecture. 

Flora's legendary pvc beret (worn by Beyonce) was exhibited in the V&A museum as part of the anthology of hats exhibition. House Of Flora has expanded to include fashion jewellery and eyewear. She often uses fashion film to accompany the collections, shown on show studio and also been part of Diane Pernet’s film festival.

Flora won the Jerwood Contemporary Makers Prize in 2010. She is currently the new tutor in footwear, fashion accessories and millinery at the Royal College of Art, as well as being a guest lecturer at the architectural association in London. Flora has been chosen to make the visors for the Jamaican team for the 2012 Olympics.

Iconic heads are made to order from £400.

Contact details:

houseofflora@gmail.com 

itsamoodieblog@gmail.com