BEHIND THE ARTIST w/ RENATO CAMPORA

// Growing up in Italy and learnt his craft from another master hairdresser, his father.
It was in his blood and after learning the ropes from 15, Renato Campora left his homeland in 1990 and today is one of the most sought after hairstylists with A-list celebrities and photographers Globally.

His work is regularly featured in publications such as Vanity Fair, Vogue, ELLE and InStyle through collaborations with Legendary photographers including Annie Leibovitz, Norman Jean Roy, Patrick Demarchelier, Greg Kadel, Peggy Sirota and Cliff Watts.

His signature Hollywood glamour (with a modern cool vibe) makes him a favourite to his many a-list clientele . . . Jennifer Lopez, Katy Perry,  Margot Robbie, Jessica Chastain, Claire Danes, Julianne Moore, Kate Bosworth, Kate Beckinsale, Kate Winslet, Jennifer Connelly, Jessica Alba, Reese Witherspoon, January Jones, Naomi Watts and Gwyneth Paltrow to name a few.

Of course you need tools and hot tools, products to create certain type of hairstyle and sometimes you just need nothing. It’s just really what is in your mind at that moment.

What was one of your biggest career challenges and how did you overcome it?
It's always challenging to maintain a certain high level of work always looking for ideas inspiration new techniques and adapt to the client. Today, everyone wants to look more unique, interesting cool vibe personal it's like changing dress and moving on to another hairstyle. It's basically a work of feeling of undone, hairstyle, messy sexy hair, and texture pretty much wide open hairstyle.

Must have tool or products  for your kit?
Of course you need tools and hot tools, products to create certain type of hairstyle and sometimes you just need nothing. It's just really what is in your mind at that moment.

How did you get your start in the industry?
I started when I was 15 years old in my father's hair salon in Italy. In 1990 I moved to Paris because I wanted to become a freelance hair stylist in the fashion industry. I started to assist Julien D'Ys and Yannick D'Is for 2 years and collaborated with them for 5 years. During those years I learned many techniques and perfected my skills to create many different hairstyles - I'm currently learning and looking for the next generation of style.

Do you have a signature look or style that you are known for?
From France I moved to NYC in 2001 and discovered that working with actresses was a different type of work and I quickly realised it was interesting and challenging, I fell in love with it. I happened to watch  The 2010 Oscars and while watching the actresses I had the idea to bring back the old Hollywood glamour movie star hairstyle. I was inspired by Grace Kelly, Marilyn Monroe, Sofia Lauren, Veronica Lake and many others. So I became known because of bringing back the Hollywood glamour 1950 hairstyle revise.

Who are the role models who have inspired you?
I am always attracted by the history, art, photography, architecture, design, colours, shapes, building landscape and sculpture.

What's the next big trend you're starting to see sneak in?
The next big trend is the nineties.

What do you enjoy to do when the brushes are down?
Yoga, meditation, gym I like the feeling of being healthy, enjoying life and taking care of my kids.

What advice would you give artists starting out?
To be patient and believe in what you do.

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Digital Thump, Sydney