Oliver de Almeida Waqued
Brazilian born Oliver began his hairdressing when he, aged 19 moved from native Brazil to London. His first job was assisting and training at Tommy Guns in Soho where he got to know legendary hairdresser, Neil Moodie. Neil became Oliver’s first important mentor.
In 2004, whilst already working with his own clients, Oliver began assisting Paris based Marc Lopez. Under Marc's mentorship, Oliver perfected his skills and developed his own unique style.
In the years that followed, Oliver did the hair for global leaders and celebrities. He styled the hair for global advertising campaigns for brands like Burburry, Gieves & Hawkes and Apple. Trying to keep a balance between unpaid, but credit-acclaiming editorials, and commercial work that paid for his talent.
He was in demand for his creativity, passion, his deep professionalism and personal integrity. Understanding his clients needs, professional & private alike, led Oliver to expand his freelance career and created his mobile styling service – BlowToGo which he set up with his then life partner - Erik Bindslev.
Below are some of the professionals who got to work along-side Oliver during his career:
Alastair Strong, Benjamin Kaufmann, Billie Scheepers, Blair Getz Mezibov, Damien Blottiere, Damien Fry, David Bailey, Giovanni Zaccagnini, Harley Weir, Jason Evans, Jenny Brough, Jon Gorrigan, Kal Griffig, Karl Lagerfeld, Mark Sanders, Mario Testino, Mary McCartney, Nicky Emmerson, Paul Smith, Phil Pointer, Rankin, Roger Deckker, Simon Lipman, Vicky Lawton, Xevi Muntane, Yuval Hen
Anna Bromilow, Damien Foxe, Elgar Johnson, Elizabeth Saltzman, Grace Gilfeather, Graham Cruz, Hannah Teare, Hope Von Joel, Simon Foxton, Stephanie Stola.
Clients and collaborations:
Porter Magazine, Monocle, Pop, Harpers Bazaar, Wonderland, i-D, U.S. Vogue, Burberry, Dior, Pucci, Fred Perry, Gieves & Hawkes, River Island, Stone Island, Boots, John Lewis, Mandarin Oriental, M&S, Top Shop, Harrods, Selfridges, Burton, Microsoft, Apple, Phillips, NEXT, X-FACTOR, Net-A-Porter,
Talent and clients:
Alice Delal, Alicia Vikander, Andriy Shevchenko, Angela Ahrendts, Cara Delevingne, Chelsy Davy, Chiwetel Ejiofor, David Furnish, David Gandy, Eddie Redmayne, Elvis Costello, Emmanuelle Seigner, Erin O'Connor, Gisele Bunchen, Helena Christensen, Hugh Dancy, Jamie Campbell Bower, Jamie Winstone, Jennifer Lopez, Jools Oliver, Jourdan Dunn, Jude Law, Kate Moss, Kate Winslet, Liberty Ross, Maisie Williams, Henry Cavill, HRH Marie Chantal of Greece, HRH Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece, Meryl Streep, Nancy Shevell, Natalie Dormer, Kirsty Bertarelli, Werner Schreyer, Rupert P Jones, Russell Tovey, Sam Way, Samuel L. Jackson, Sharleen Spiteri, Tom Hardy, Tracey Emin, Zaha Hadid and many more.
Oliver died on 28. February 2017 aged 36
He leaves behind a beautiful legacy
Thank you for remembering him