Vidal Sassoon was the “four-star chef” of hair, says Mary Quant.
The hair stylist passed away in May, aged 84. His name remains one of the most instantly recognisable in fashion and he is renowned for revolutionising the hair industry in the ‘60s. He was the man behind Mia Farrow’s iconic crop in 1968 movie Rosemary’s Baby, and also styled British supermodel Twiggy’s locks.
Designer Mary can vividly remember when she first met Vidal.
“I saw this photograph of a haircut that absolutely astonished me. I had never seen hair styled like that before. The sign on the window said ‘Vidal Sassoon’ and I discovered the man himself upstairs in an attic, reached by a ramshackle lift that could carry only one person or, more suitably, food,” she told guardian.co.uk. “It was a tiny room, but up there he ruled, cutting hair and performing, rather like a four-star chef. He was a great show-off in the nicest possible way.”
Mary was astonished by how much Vidal changed the shape of hairdressing. She credits him with understanding the impact texture can have on a style and for being the first to shape a cut around a woman’s face.
The designer was behind the miniskirt movement in the ‘60s and is adamant Vidal’s haircutting was just as important as her creations.
“He liberated women from the punishment of hours spent under the bonnet of a hairdryer, with fat rollers digging into their scalps. We found the freedom to swim in the sea, drive in an open-top car, walk in the rain and then just shake our head to look good again. Your hair did not forget the shape he created and it simply returned to base,” she said.
“Vidal Sassoon, the pill and the miniskirt changed everything. For me, he produced the perfect cap on my leggy miniskirted designs and the frame for my colour cosmetics.” – COVER MEDIA
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