The Beautiful Life of Vidal Sassoon

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After spending most of his formative years in a Jewish orphanage, Vidal got his start at the age of 14 when his mother facilitated his apprenticeship with East London hairdresser Adolf Cohen. Had it been up to him, Sassoon would've studied architecture. "I looked at all of the shapes and thought to myself, Hairdressing is so old-fashioned!" Rising post-war anti-Semitism, however, kept him from delving too much into the relative merits of each career. After joining the 43 Group, an English anti-fascist organization, Sassoon headed to the Middle East to fight for the state of Israel in 1948. "It was an extraordinary freedom to be able to think, and if necessary fight, for what you believed in."

Photo: Courtesy of Vidal Sassoon