HAIRDRESSER, PHOTOGRAPHER, REBEL, ARTIST: ROBERT LOBETTA

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Hairdresser, photographer, rebel, artist. Robert Lobetta is one of the elite talents who has shaped the world of international hairdressing in the 20th and 21st centuries. (Re-) Discover one of the most iconic hairdresser of his generation, rewarded with Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2016 International TrendVision Awards in Barcelona on November 6th.

LOBETTA’S TRANSGRESSIVE CUTS AND STYLE

From early on in life, Lobetta saw himself as an artist. His goal was to train at one of London’s leading art schools, but his father saw a different future. Despite protests, he mentored his young son as an apprentice to Ricci Burns salon.

While teenager Lobetta rebelled the training, he recognized his own spirit and potential in the creative explosion of the London fashion scene. At Ricci’s, Lobetta learnt to fuse the geometry of a haircut with the Art of dressing hair and he began to experiment with the concept of hair as 3-dimensional art—as mobile sculpture.

Rockstars, artists and London’s punks filled his chair. He worked in top salons, opening two of his own. Eventually, he began working as an editorial stylist, which sparked a fascination of photography and photographic expression that he maintains today.

In 1985, Lobetta extended his exploration of the boundaries of hair and art by collaborating with Geri and John Cusenza as creative Director for Sebastian in Los Angeles. The iconic images he began creating as a hairdresser, photographer, designer and conceptualizer challenged viewers to leave the traditional definitions of hair fashion behind. Many hairdressers today say that Lobetta’s work with Sebastian is what motivated them to push beyond the boundaries of the craft to become genuine image-makers.

Later, Lobetta began a new series of live lectures, delivered as performance art. Exposing the complexity of this creative mind, he took audiences on exciting and unique adventures. His creations and passion for the art have now influenced a new generation of hairstylists.

Currently, Lobetta expresses his vision mostly in published photographic projects and in gallery exhibitions.

Lobetta says :

"The reason I do what I do is to question myself in a creative capacity.”

Always a hairdresser, forever a rebel, and essentially an artist. . . Robert Lobetta is the Renaissance man of our craft.

WELLA LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD GOES TO ROBERT LOBETTA

Wella recognized the life’s work of legendary Lobetta, who received rapturous applause from the auditorium, at the 2016 International TrendVision Awards in Barcelona on November 6th.

 

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