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IRIDESCENCE by Travis Bandiera

FINALIST: 2017 Hair Expo New Creative Force

FINALIST: 2017 Hair Expo NSW/ACT Hairdresser of the Year


Iridescence (also known as goniochromism) is the phenomenon of certain surfaces that appear to change colour as the angle of view or the angle of illumination changes.

Examples of iridescence include soap bubbles, butterfly wings and sea shells, as well as certain minerals.

My interpretation of iridescence with my collection translates especially to colour for obvious reasons.

I will always be using the idea that different surfaces/ minerals create different tones due to density and using this on certain styles and haircuts, for example; a lighter texture such as a bubble would feature lighter tones directly translating to lighter hair literally with hair colour, movement and free-flowing styles.

Darker tones with a heavier density like an oil spill would be harder, with a more structured/finished aspect to the hair and reflect a ‘cooler’ variation of colour tones.

With the collection I decided that I would be sticking with a very strict colour palette. Also aspects of the styling, makeup and photography are designed to obviously enhance the overall effect.


Simple lighting was utilised, so as not overkill the images resulting in them looking complicated. A grey background, rather than a white one, features to create a contrast and highlight the styling and overall looks without being too much.

Make Up

Makeup was not to be too busy. We focused on a lighter, vibrant palette with a high shine/gloss finish to certain parts of the models’ faces. For example, creating a wet look finish on the models’ eyelids, cheekbones or lips.


For the styling the direction was to have all items of clothing and accessories be white and truly offset the makeup and yet not distract from the collection and the hair as a feature.


HAIR: Travis Bandiera

HAIR COLOUR: Travis Bandiera


MAKEUP: Chereine Waddell

STYLING: Danielle Soglimbene

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