In the world of high fashion, hairstylists can be a colorful breed: peacocks, tyrants, Casanovas. Though he has certainly earned the right to diva status, Bob Recine opts to play the quiet genius. After his start doing headpieces for Henri Bendel’s windows, he went on to collaborate on some fantastical creations for magazines, including a Joan of Arc–looking bobby-pin “crown of thorns” on model Sasha Pivovarova for Vogue Italia in 2008 and a group of what look like overgrown flower heads for W in 2009. Out this month, Bob Recine: Alchemy of Beauty (Freedman Damiani), a coffee-table retrospective of his work, proves just how far-reaching his artistry is.
Photos: Marko Metzinger