Vidal Sassoon

Vidal Sassoon, a master hairstylist and philanthropist, was born in the East End of London in 1928. Inspired by Bauhaus architecture, his career took off following the Nancy Kwan bob in 1963 and the boyish five-point haircut that cleared class and sexual distinctions. Low maintenance hairstyles signaled a cultural release from the restraints of social strata. In his Bond Street salon, both ladies and shop girls had their hair trimmed side by side. In 2009, he was made a Commander of the British Empire.

Vidal Sassoon: How One Man Changed the World with a Pair of Scissors was published by Rizzoli New York in October 2012. It combines fashion photography, candid snapshots, and recollections by Sassoon and members of his circle, such as David Bailey, Terence Donovan, and Mary Quant. It was written by Vidal Sassoon and Michael Gordon, the founded of Bumble and bumble, and features a forward by Grace Coddington.

Vidal Sassoon is featured in Edition: Rizzoli: Fashion

Vidal Sassoon with Grace Coddington. Photo by David Bailey
Photo by Vic Singh
Photo by Barry Lategan
Maggie London. Photo by Barry Lategan
Grace Coddington with the Five Point Cut. Photo by Eric Swayne
Grace Coddington with the Five Point Cut. Photo by Eric Swayne