Many of us thought he might just live forever. Vidal Sassoon maintained an eternally youthful exuberance for life and an extraordinary fitness regime despite being well into his 80s.
Last year, we had the privilege of screening a documentary about this great man’s life as part of ACMI’s contribution to the 2011 Melbourne Spring Fashion Week. He was one of our ‘men of fashion’ and anyone who saw Craig Teper’s insightful film discovered there was much more to the man than just a shampoo brand.
Sassoon survived what can only be described as a challenging childhood, going on to revolutionise the hairdressing and fashion industry. Often referred to as the first celebrity hairdresser, he was renowned for his angular, geometric and Bauhaus-inspired hairdos.
His legacy lives on not just through his groundbreaking hair styles, but also in the many extraordinary people he worked with and transformed over his career: fashion designer Mary Quant, actress Mia Farrow on the set of Rosemary’s Baby, and former Sassoon model Grace Coddington (now Creative Director of US Vogue) to name just a few.
May your scissors rest in peace.
Vidal Sassoon (1928-2012)
- James Nolen, Film Programmer, ACMI