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Vidal Sassoon

meet the man who changed the world with a pair of scissors

Before the dawn of Sally Hershberger's $800 haircut, before the term "celebrity stylist" preceded names like Frédéric Fekkai, Serge Normant, and Orlando Pita, there was Vidal Sassoon. The English haircutter made his mark with a never-before-seen architectural style at a time when the only options were a tease and a set. "He's undisputedly the hero of hairdressing—and has a remarkable life story," says Bumble and Bumble founder Michael Gordon, who produced the new documentary, Vidal Sassoon The Movie, that's debuting during New York fashion week.

Sassoon, now 83, is surprised by all the interest in his storied career. "Gordon approached me and said, 'I'd like to give you a present for your 80th birthday.' I said, 'I don't think I need anything!" We beg to differ. With boldfaced names like Mary Quant and Peggy Moffitt forever linked to his revolutionary shears, and celebrities from Emma Watson to Michelle Williams reprising the Sassoon-styled pixie that made Mia Farrow famous, the man is more than ready for his close-up. Here, our own look at the beautiful life of the hairstylist who spoke those nine indelible words, "If you don't look good, we don't look good."

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—Celia Ellenberg

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