Session styling with Castleconnell’s Gareth

Castleconnell native Gareth Bromell has worked with some of the biggest names in the fashion industry. The 31-year-old is based in Los Angeles and works as a session hairstylist on photo shoots for magazine editorials and advertising campaigns. Home in Limerick for a short holiday to visit family and friends, Gareth shared some of his career highlights with me, and explained the journey his career took to where he is today…

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LIMERICK
“My career started when I was 15, I had left school early to pursue training to be a chef. I started working as an assistant chef and studying in catering school. Having given it a few months, I realized it wasn’t for me. My mum said to me ‘you either go back to school or start work’ and, as I preferred to work, she organized an interview with her then hairdresser Cyril Morgan at the  Hugh Campbell group. This was the beginning of my career in hairdressing.

“The Hugh Campbell hair group were a very inspiring group to work for. They introduced me to the ever-changing hair and fashion trends in London, and once this happened I knew where I wanted to focus my career, working on the fashion shows in London, Milan, New York and Paris. I worked in Limerick for six years with many inspirations such as Hugh Campbell, Toni & Guy and of course the late Frank Slattery who always told me I was destined for bigger things with my career. I was very flattered by these words.

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LONDON
“In 2006 I felt I needed to move on, I organized an interview in London with the prestigious and fashionable salon Daniel Hersheson. Daniel Hersheson has two main salons in Mayfair and Knightsbridge. Hersheson’s is a family run business where Daniel and his son Luke work side by side on the fashion shows internationally. This is where I wanted to work and to move forward with my career, in the fashion and editorial part of hairdressing.

“I worked at Daniel Hersheson’s salon in Knightsbridge for eight years, while there I worked on fashion shows in New York, London, Milan and Paris and worked with many actors, actresses and members of royal families. Some of the designers I have worked with included the late Alexander McQueen, Gucci, Roberto Cavalli, Dries Van Noten, Burberry, Missoni, Giles Deacon and Louise Goldin.

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LOS ANGELES
“Eight years on I made the move stateside, to Los Angeles, where I am now residing. I’m working at the prestigious Beverly Hills salon Neil George and represented by Atelier Management. I’m not really at the salon these days. My days are filled with work shooting editorials for magazine and advertising campaigns for many fashion houses between New York and Los Angeles. Shooting with amazing photographers like Peter Lindbergh, David Sims, Jack Waterloo, Coliena Rentmeester and James Macari for publications like Vogue, Marie Claire,The Financial Times, Glamour, Red, Schon, and Dsection.

“My favourite shoot so far was in my first year in LA when I got to shoot with top model Lara Stone and photographer Peter Lindbergh. We shot for Vogue China in Palmdale on an amazing outdoor movie lot, a Marilyn Monroe inspired story.
“I have also worked with personalities such as Diane Kruger, Guy Ritchie, Dominic Cooper, the Queen of Jordan, the Duchess of Westminster, Fergie and her daughters, and the Hiltons. Of all the celebrities I have worked with, my two favorites are Robbie Williams and Courtney Love. Both are very warm , welcoming and talented artists.”

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FUTURE PLANS
And so to future plans? “Moving forward with my career I’m planning a full time move to New York where I plan on working with photographer Giampaolo Sgura who shoots for designers Dolce & Gabbana, Roberto Cavalli and Moschino.”

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CAREER ADVICE
I asked Gareth what advice he would offer to anyone considering a career in hair, and to stylists who would like to pursue a career in session styling, “My advice to anyone considering a career in hair would be: you need to be committed to the education the salon offers, and take the good with the bad. For a stylist wanting to work as a session stylist, they need to research artist agencies where they would have to assist one of their main artists on fashion shows and editorial shoots, with hard work and commitment you will be offered a place with the agency.”

By Olivia O’Sullivan

This article first appeared in the Limerick Post 3rd August 2013