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Marco Erbi Celebrates 25 Years with Patrick Cameron

Marco Erbi Celebrates 25 Years with Patrick Cameron
Sam Robinson

It’s funny how fate brings people together and Patrick Cameron’s first meeting with his designer and creative collaborator, Marco Erbi, was orchestrated by just that. So as they celebrate 25 years, let’s explore their story…

How They Met

London was on lockdown, so with the Tube was running late, Patrick went to the bar to meet his friends and amongst the group was Marco Erbi, who was introduced to Patrick and the pair haven’t stopped chatting since!

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Marco’s History

Marco had graduated from art school in Italy in the early 1980s and had gone on to complete a 3-year course in hairdressing and beauty. He then worked as a fashion designer assistant after being trained in tailoring by one of the most celebrated tailors in his native Sardinia. In 1987, wishing to pursue a career in fashion, he moved to London. Always willing to experiment and broaden his horizons, he spent the next four years designing costumes and styling wigs for a London based Cabaret Company before eventually returning to session hairdressing and becoming involved in hair shows.

Their First Project

The first project they worked on was the Royal Collection which was staged at the World Hairdressing Congress in London. It was a complete experience, submerging the audience into a world of long hair education, couture gowns and Patrick’s exuberant showmanship. “Marco worked behind the scenes creating the beautiful gowns, ” says Patrick. “I had a few peeks at what he was doing but when I saw the finished collection, I was awe struck by how beautiful they were and how the couture complemented the hair I had created so perfectly.”This early collaboration truly put Patrick Cameron Hair International on the map and founded their creative partnership that has stood the test of time and is now celebrating its 25th year. 

Season By Season

Their year starts in October when the ideas for the forthcoming year are launched. When Salon International is over that’s when they commence their conversations about next year’s work. By December Marco has put together sketches, samples of fabrics for the gowns and has started to pull together the concept for the collection and the look of the show. Patrick over-winters in New Zealand and upon his return work starts immediately on the collection. Patrick begins his work on mannequin heads, honing the techniques and creating the blueprint for his step-by-step guide to the collection, whilst Marco works on the couture, music and the concept.

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Stand Out Moments

Over the years there have been so many stand out moments for Patrick and Marco. When working on the premiere of the movie “Trolls” at the Cannes Film Festival for DreamWorks, Marco rose to the challenge producing beautifully tailored gowns to compliment the larger than life hair that Patrick created. “Marco has the ability to grasp the concept very quickly,” adds Patrick “He knows how to push ideas in a fashion forward way. One of his most admirable abilities is how he always manages to capture future trends. A colour palette or texture in fabric that Marco uses is often found on the High Street the next year. He is instinctively creative.”

A Fantastic Team

“We are a fantastic team at Patrick Cameron and we all make what we do work so well”. “Sue Callaghan my business partner, Marco Everard who looks after the Training School and merchandise and Marco Erbi my Artistic Director and me – that’s my team”.

The Perfect Friendship

“Marco and I have had a fantastic friendship and creative partnership over the years from that fateful day in London 25 years ago, Marco has helped shape Patrick Cameron Hair International, he’s loyal, creative and passionate about what he does. What more could anyone want,” concludes Patrick.

For more info, please visit Patrick Cameron Hair here.