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www.AtlanticAveMagazine.com | September 2011 67 the volumes of hair as a sculpture. It is no mere coincidence that today he combines his activities as a KDLUGUHVVHU ZLWK VFXOSWXUH JXUHV which seek their inspiration in the female form and spirit. Neither is it DW DOO VXUSULVLQJ WKDW LQ  KLV UVW one-man show opened and was highly acclaimed by the art critics, people who neither know nor care very much about hairdressing. Lluis has felt drawn to the world of photography and design. It is another of his hobbies and he has had several photographic exhibitions. The design of his home-refuge in Formentera provides further evidence of the mans great ability in any area related to the arts. He has been capable of HIFLHQWO\ PDNLQJ KLV SKLORVRSK\ permeate through to all of the 1,200 collaborators that work in his empire. His training program, written texts and personal contact is of the greatest importance, ensuring he keeps his company both an artisan and a family concern. 'DOL DOZD\V FDOOHG /OXLV KLV KDLU - dresser whenever he was in Barcelona, Paris or New York, and they conversed at length in the artists refuge in &DGDTXHV(O 'LYLQR $QG IURP WKHLU conversations, a joint project was for Llongueras to create a vast wig to serve as a curtain in the room that WKH DUWLVW KDG GHGLFDWHG WR 0DH :HVW in his Theatre-Museum in Figueres (Spain). It took the hairdresser more than a thousand hours; it is on perma- nent exhibition at the Dali Museum and featured in the 1992 Guinness book of records as the largest wig in the world. As hairdresser to Dali, /ORQJXHUDV SHUVXDGHG (O 'LYLQR WR XVH UROOHUV IRU WKH UVW WLPH FRXQ - seled him on the preservation of his singular, upward turning moustache and also created wigs to enhance the classical quiff which his wife, Gala, supported. Their friendship lasted more than thirty years until Dalis death in 1989. Llongueras counsels King Don -XDQ &DUORV  DQG 4XHHQ 6RD DQG WKH King has had his hair cut at the Palma de Mallorca salon in the Balearic Islands during his customary summer holiday at the royal residence, Palacio Marivent. Lluis Llongueras works as hard today as he did yesterday, quite unbe- lievable for a man in his 70s, with the same energy and with his mind always in a creating mode. With thanks to Helen Oppenheim, US Correspondent, for Peluquerias Magazine, without whose help this feature could not have been com- pleted. (Peluquerias Magazine was founded by Lluis Llongueras with circulation now in 63 countries.) THE MAE WEST CURTAINESCULTURA MEDALLA ORO BEZIERS