Stuart Wayne Gavert, the Beverly Hills colorist and owner of the Gavert Atelier salon, died suddenly at his home on June 14 in Los Angeles. The cause of death was unknown at press time. However, his publicist said Gavert had battled vascular issues. He was 54.
A hairdresser for 30 years and a hair color specialist for 25, Gavert opened his salon with his partner of 20 years, Cody Kusakabe, in 1998. Kusakabe was in Japan at the time of Gavert’s death. Speaking on behalf of Gavert was Mika Fowler, Gavert Atelier’s style director, who said Gavert had a very Asian soul.
“Stuart was kind of like an Asian Buddah spirit. He was very peaceful. He [spoke] Japanese and he honored Asian culture. He was very special,” said Fowler, who worked for him for 10 years and knew him for 17 years. They met in Japan.
His salon staff, added Fowler, served as an extended family and they are checking in with Kusakabe daily, to make sure “he is eating well.” Aside from running their salon, Gavert and Kusakabe (who serves as the Atelier’s business manager) are also internationally renowned platform artists and educators.
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Fowler said Kusakabe was considering a Saturday service at a nearby church where Gavert is known to have enjoyed listening to the choir, but no firm plans had been made at press time. Gavert was born and raised in Pasadena, Calif.
Fowler said Gavert was best known for his free-flowing coloring style, and most recently he garnered huge amounts of attention for his work with the “Twilight” cast, doing color for many of its stars, including Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart. Inspired by the movie, Gavert launched a concept of color highlighting called “twilights.” This weekend, Gavert had planned a huge event for the actors of the film’s sequel, “Eclipse,” at his salon. The plans will go forward, but the event will now be held in memory of Gavert, said his publicist.