David Bowie, Brian Ferry, Hugh Durrant, Grace Jones, Zandra Rhodes and Anthony Mascolo. Do these names mean much to you? Well let me tell you, they are some of the most influential names to come from the world of music, fashion and hair in the 1970’s and 80’s. And todays guest, British hairdressings most celebrated fashion stylist, Bernard Connolly, has worked with them all. A true icon himself!

Renowned for his forte of glamorous styling and his larger than life personality, Bernard Connolly is about to transport us all back in his time-machine, as we enter into some of the most indulgent and flamboyant decades that the fashion world has ever seen.

A true legend, Bernard stories into this world of fashion is packed full of tales, laughter, tears and incredible insights. It’s a rare glimpse into the underground scene of London fashion in the late 70’s and 80’s. If this podcast episode was a book, it would be a best seller!

For all hairdressers serious about creating a name for themselves in the industry, then understanding the heritage of fashion is so important to how it factors into your hairdressing work. No successful hair collection or awards entry is complete without the well-thought-out art direction and styling of your models. Thats where leading fashion stylists come into play – taking your hair collections from back page to front cover.

Glamour is Bernard’s forte and loves nothing better than to receive a challenging client brief that requires glamour of the highest calibre. Commissioned for large advertising campaigns, fashion shoots, magazine articles, film and TV, Bernard is the preferred stylist and art director for many on-going global advertising and corporate campaigns. That’s the quality of the guest we have for you today in Bernard. You about to enter into a very special and privileged world of the fashionistas.

It’s all about fashion, darling!


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Today’s Guest

Bernard studied at the London’s most famous fashion college Saint Martins, achieving a fashion degree at the highest level and has since worked with some of the most famous Fashion Designers in the world, including Zandra Rhodes, Anthony Price as well as supporting new designers such as Jacob Kimme, Hannah Marshall.

After 3 successful years with LVMH, Bernard then went freelance as a Fashion Stylist, having cultivated a large network of private clients, including many celebrities and high profile individuals.



Show notes:

Here’s some of what we cover in today’s episode

  • 00 min 31 sec: Show intro.
  • 03 min 24 sec: Bernard, the early Fashion Stylist.
  • 10 min 45 sec: The Fashion Illustrator, Bernard.
  • 15 min 33 sec:: Working with icon names from music and fashion.
  • 22 min 36 sec: Young Anthony Mascolo.
  • 21 min 24 sec: Early 1980’s fashion.
  • 29 min 03 sec: The punk rock era.
  • 32 min 16 sec: Going from fashion illustator to fashion stylist.
  • 35 min 28 sec: Working with fashion designer, Hugh Durrantt.
  • 37 min 54 sec: Entering into the world of hairdressing.
  • 42 min 51 sec: The first time hired as a stylist.
  • 43min 31 sec: Carving out a niche within the hair industry and working alongside Anthony Mascolo.
  • 51 min 44 sec: The stable of Trevor Sorbie.
  • 55 min 16 sec: Mr Raymond Teasy Weasy.
  • 59 min 16 sec: Helping other hairdressers.
  • 01 hr 01 min 39sec: Still actively involved in fashion styling for shoots.
  • 01 hr 03 min 22 sec: Glittering career and biggest highlight.
  • 01 hr 09 min 20 sec: Keep your passion.
  • 01 hr 13 min 22 sec: Reach out and work with Bernard.
  • 01 hr 17 min 30 sec: Dom’s Last 5.
  • 01 hr 22 min 41 sec: Show outro.