Victoria Hunter approaches hair color with the discerning eye of a fine artist. As a pioneer of the “hair painting” genre, Hunter studies every head of hair like a 3 Dimensional canvas – intuitively deciding where to place the perfect pop of auburn or unexpected streak of dusty lavender. While in Hunter’s chair, no creative vision is off limits; over the course of her career, she has made a name for herself as the gold standard of hair color for countless models, cool girls, editors, stylists and celebrities and has become the go-to colorist for famed stylist Guido Palau.
A native of Queensland, Australia, Hunter honed her skills in Melbourne, London and Hong Kong before arriving in New York to serve as the color director of Bumble and bumble. In 2007, she achieved widespread recognition for her innovative hair painting method as the first ever recipient of the Hair and Beauty Award at the Colour Secrets Gala in Frankfurt. Two years later, Hunter left Bumble and bumble to open Whittemore House Salon with partner Larry Raspanti. Located in the bucolic setting of a tree-lined street in the West Village, Whittemore House Salon serves as a hub for in-the-know New Yorkers (and beyond). On an average day at Whittemore, one might witness Hunter creating an army of muted pastel wigs for the recent Marc Jacobs Fall 2014 fashion show while simultaneously transforming the model of the moment.
Over the course of her career, Hunter has collaborated with some of the most iconic photographers of our time, including Steven Klein, Steven Meisel, Ellen von Unwerth, Mert and Marcus, Inez and Vinoodh, David LaChapelle, and David Sims. Her work has been featured in countless editorials, including American Vogue, Italian Vogue, Numero, ELLE, W, i-D and Interview magazines, to name a few. As one of the most in-demand visionaries in the fashion industry, she has created looks for a laundry list of iconic advertising campaigns, from Dolce & Gabbana to Lanvin to Alexander McQueen. Most recently, Hunter’s work can be seen in campaigns for Prada, Lanvin, Christian Dior, Louis Vuitton and Marc Jacobs. This past spring, she teamed up with Steven Meisel to create three cover stories for Italian Vogue.
Hunter maintains an ardent passion for her signature hair painting method and continues to lead master classes on the technique around the world, including her main hub of Whittemore House Salon in New York. She believes there is no one “rule” to creating the perfect color, and instead works with stylists to develop an eye for color and tone, texture and style. As a result, the signature of Whittemore House—and of Hunter—is a bespoke look that is at once as effortless and seamless as it is unique.