Born in Perth, Australia, Franco Vallelonga always had a keen interest in art and sculpture, so it was no surprise when he was selected for a placement into a specialised art school at the age of 12. In 2000, ten years after working and training in Perth and Sydney, he moved to London, with one goal set in his mind, to work in fashion. It wasn’t long until he began working on various hair campaigns and fashion shows as well as photographic advertising campaigns and fashion shoots. In the process, he has gained invaluable experience and inspiration from assisting some of the industry’s top session stylists and agencies.
Combining his skills and creative and unique style, which continues to evolve, has featured in numerous publications such as Attitude, Glamour, i-D, Jock’s and Nerds, Schön!, The Fashionisto, Vogue, Volt and Wallpaper. He has worked with such labels as Adidas, Burberry, Crombie, Liberty of London, Louis Philippe, Mulberry, Qasimi Homme and Sabyasachi.
Based between Mumbai and London, he is represented by Ugly Duckling projects in Singapore, Asia and Faze Management in Mumbai. He is a regular on the fashion circuit and works as a freelance hair stylist, colourist, men’s groomer and educator.
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Franco gives our Cover girl Sobhita Dhulipala springy curls that look effortlessly tousled.