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Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Vidal Sassoon

I finally managed to watch this documentary a couple of weeks ago.
It's a well crafted film about the man who liberated women all over the world from the shackles of weekly roller setting at hair salons.

I first saw his "Five Point cut" on hair magazine when I was a student at hairdressing school in Japan.
I was instantly enamoured of the sheer beauty of the cut.
Since then, the name Vidal Sassoon and his creative philosophy has been always with me.

He obviously started the revolution, but, of course, Sassoon cut has been a collective team effort, led by successive artistic directors, particularly Roger Thompson and Christopher Brooker at the early stages of the development, two of the giants who deserve far much more recognition in my opinion.

I'd like to see some in-depth documentary about not Vidal Sassoon as a person, this film did a great job, but as an institution that has been influencing hair stylists all over the world.

I also read his autobiography. It's a great read. Now I understand how Vidal Sassoon was sold to Regis Corporation. It's a saddest moment in the history of our industry.

'Vidal Sassoon and the Bauhaus' is a real treasure.
It's a well-known fact that Sassoon's design philosophy was based on Bauhaus, and this book introduces us to these two design institutions.
There's a plethora of fabulous haircuts, it's an awe inspiring experience to have a look at them.
Such a creative tour de force.
I really like this one.

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