Vidal Sassoon, RIP
The Los Angeles Times is reporting that Vidal Sassoon has died at the age of 84. The famed hairdresser—whose indelible words, “If you don’t look good, we don’t look good,” helped sell millions of bottles of shampoos and conditioners in the eighties and nineties—passed away at his home on Mulholland Drive from natural causes, according to an LAPD spokesperson, despite murmurs that he had been suffering from leukemia since 2009.
It’s hard to condense the impact Sassoon had on modern hairdressing. Creator of the five-point, curator of London’s swinging sixties style, the man who gave Mia Farrow her pixie cut on the set of Rosemary’s Baby, and the subject of a 2010 documentary about his life, Sassoon was a visionary, an educator, and an entrepreneur. “He’s undisputedly the hero of hairdressing—and has a remarkable life story,” Bumble and Bumble founder Michael Gordon told us at the premiere of Vidal Sassoon The Movie last February, a film that he produced. “He was revolutionary,” Frédéric Fekkai added. “He made hair dressing modern, sleek, and brought a whole new attitude for women.”
We had the pleasure of interviewing Sassoon last year and at 83, he was still up for doling out a little coiffing advice. “It’s important that [hairdressers] have a point of view, that [their cuts] work with the clothes, and that [they're] remembered.” His will never be forgotten.—Celia Ellenberg
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