Hair stylist, session stylist, leading educator
Maria Kovacs is an international session stylist and leading educator with extensive knowledge of team, brand and product development. With 26 years of experience under her belt, Maria is a true industry heavyweight. Starting her career in her native Sydney, Australia, Maria worked her way up through the ranks from stylist to become Toni and Guy’s Salon Art Director. This role ignited her passion for education and fashion and was where Maria began to develop her first training skills within ‘vardering training’ and classic haircuts. Maria’s talents did not go unnoticed, and she soon became Toni and Guys Australian Creative Director. Alongside the international team, Maria rolled out educational courses across Australia, Asia Pacific, and Europe and started working on high profile, global fashion week shows, using her editorial and Avante-Garde styling skills.
Maria continued to progress within Toni & Guy, which led to the invitation to relocate to London to join their sister brand, Tigi, as a foundering member of their International Creative Team. As Academy Director, Maria taught at the Flagship TIGI academy in London and participated in international shows throughout Europe and the US. This role varied and involved working on campaigns, education collections, and editorial, plus creative collaborations with designers such as Vivienne Westwood and regular “Alta Moda” shoots.
Alongside this, Maria specialised as a mentor for the TIGI Inspirational Youth. This ‘boot camp” style course was to refine participates skills and progress every area of their work from presenting to fashion knowledge, cut and colour expertise and ended with a professional photoshoot and hair show. Later as Tigi’s European Creative Director, Maria went on to lead shows and campaigns with some of the world’s leading brands such as Mark Fast, Henry Holland, Iris Van Herpen, Christopher Raeburn and Manish Arora, to name but a few.
Using her vast experience, Maria has now branched out to become a leading session stylist and educator in her own right. Launching Ready To Wear Hairdressing, a creative hub designed for industry professionals seeking insight into the world of session styling. The objective of READY TO WEAR HAIRDRESSING is about providing a great experience guaranteed to improve every student’s craft and passion for hairdressing whilst gaining experience backstage, making key connections and building relationships with leading product brands.