British-born celebrity hairdresser Vidal Sassoon dies
Published: 9th May 2012 23:45:50
British-born celebrity hairdresser Vidal Sassoon has died at his home in Los Angeles, aged 84.
A police spokesman said officers went to the stylist's home on Wednesday morning to confirm the death. He said Sassoon had died of natural causes.
Sassoon is regarded as one of the best-known hairdressers of his generation.
He is credited with revolutionising haircuts in the 1960s, and developed a popular line of hair products under his name.
The creator of the "Bob" hairstyle, he is best known for his short, geometric cuts, ending the bouffant styles trendy in the 1950s.
One of his best-known clients was Mary Quant, the famous British fashion designer who popularised the mini-skirt. Quant called Sassoon the "Chanel of hair".
In a tribute, fellow British coiffeur and friend Nicky Clarke said he was "hugely significant - the most iconic of hairdressers".
It was all about modernism - in some ways he defined the 60s”
Before Sassoon's arrival on the scene, he said, "people were in rollers, backcombing their hair. What he bought was a different kind of hairdressing.
"It was all about modernism - in some ways he defined the 60s. He helped to put Britain on the map."
Clarke said Sassoon was a "humble person" who "loved his craft", and would be greatly missed.
Vidal Sassoon was born to Jewish parents in West London in 1928.
His father left when he was five, and his mother had to put him and his brother into a Jewish orphanage because she could not afford to keep them.
In 1948, at the age of 20, he travelled to Israel to fight in the Arab-Israeli War.
On his return to Britain, he began working for the famous hairstylist Teasy Weasy Raymond, in Mayfair, before opening his own salon in 1954.
"My idea was to cut shape into the hair, to use it like fabric and take away everything that was superfluous," Sassoon said in 1993 in an interview with the Los Angeles Times.
"Women were going back to work, they were assuming their own power. They didn't have time to sit under the dryer anymore."
He was also campaigned against anti-Semitism, establishing the Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in the 1980s.
His private life attracted as much publicity as his business success. He divorced three times and married his fourth wife in 1992.
What are your memories of Vidal Sassoon? Did you meet or work with him? Send us your comments and experiences using the form below.
If you are happy to be contacted by a BBC journalist please leave a telephone number that we can contact you on. In some cases a selection of your comments will be published, displaying your name as you provide it and location, unless you state otherwise. Your contact details will never be published. When sending us pictures, video or eyewitness accounts at no time should you endanger yourself or others, take any unnecessary risks or infringe any laws. Please ensure you have read the terms and conditions.
Terms and conditions
At 06:59:59 in SportReports suggesting Dustin Johnson has been suspended for failing a drugs test have been denied by the PGA Tour.
At 06:43:59 in SportFor a list of confirmed transfers, check out the transfers page.
At 06:06:21 in HeadlinesTwo American tourists charged with "anti-state" crimes in North Korea have pleaded for the US government to help secure their release.
At 05:39:52 in PoliticsNato needs to rethink its long-term relationship with Russia, which views the alliance as "an adversary", Prime Minister David Cameron has warned.
At 05:38:04 in HeadlinesA massive landslide has buried dozens of homes in Nepal, with four people confirmed dead so far, say police.
At 05:31:22 in HeadlinesGaza's conflict is once again on front pages as the collapse of the latest ceasefire and alleged kidnapping of an Israeli soldier left hopes for peace in tatters.
At 04:58:53 in HeadlinesAn explosion at a factory in eastern China has killed at least 65 people, according to Chinese state media.
At 03:59:13 in HealthA campaign for a baby with Down's Syndrome left with his surrogate Thai mother by an Australian couple has raised over $120,000 (£70,000).
At 03:50:50 in EnglandWhen you cannot afford every thing through your salary income if emergency cash requirement middle of month then consider fast quick payday loans same day services for UK people who want to loans up to 1000 pounds in your bank account less than 15 minutes.When unforeseen expenses crop up at the weekend in your life and you don't have no funds left in your pocket to manage unavoidable excess expenses then it will be difficult to handle them on time. Don't worry! For covering up extra payments at the weekend is probable. Right now you can go for weekend payday loans for bad credit.
At 03:03:37 in WorldBritain is to temporarily close its embassy in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, because of worsening violence.
Harvard CitationBBC News, 2012. British-born celebrity hairdresser Vidal Sassoon dies [Online] (Updated 9th May 2012)
Available at: http://www.ukwirednews.com/news/1427543/British-born-celebrity-hairdresser-Vidal-Sassoon-dies [Accessed 2nd Aug 2014]
News In Other Categories
With the centenary of Britain joining the First World War approaching, communities around the country are preparing to mark the anniversary in their own way.
Two American tourists charged with "anti-state" crimes in North Korea have pleaded for the US government to help secure their release.
The incoming music director of the English National Opera (ENO) has said the company will keep taking risks in spite of funding cuts.
With the doors to its brand new £1million training centre officially open, one of the UK's leading apprentice training providers, Bristol based S&B Automotive Academy, is showcasing its world-class facilities by launching a series of foreign student exchanges for the first time in its 41-year history. To get a flavour of what life is like as an apprentice in the UK, the Academy hosted 16 apprentice engineers and bus drivers from the G9 Automotive College in Hamburg, Germany, as part of a Europe-wide vocational training initiative called the ‘Leonardo Programme’ with support from the European Social Fund. In a reciprocal arrangement, S&B will be sending nine apprentices to Germany during February 2012 so that they can get an appreciation of life in the automotive industry on the Continent. A further three German exchange groups are being planned for next year. Designed to assist the development of vocational skills and training across Europe, including work placements for trainees, the Leonardo Programme has a budget of €1.75bn, which is helping to encourage UK organisations to work with their counterparts abroad. In what is expected to be another challenging year for employers in the UK automotive sector, S&B’s Chief Executive, Jon Winter, claims that the exchange initiative will bring many benefits to the Academy and its apprentices: “In a world of global automotive brands, it’s important for our learners to understand the international context of the industry they have chosen to make their career. This new exchange programme will enable apprentices and Academy staff alike to achieve a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities within the automotive arena in Europe. With the Academy’s influence also extending to the USA and Asia, there’s every possibility that this initiative could move further afield in the future.” Continued Winter: “The need for skilled technicians across the world is on the increase and we actively encourage our apprentices to look at broader horizons during their training. Many of them have already learned the phrase ‘Vorsprung durch Gelehrtheit’, quite simply, ‘Advancement through learning.” In the 2010/11 academic year, S&B doubled the number of successful Apprenticeships over the previous year with some 350 apprentices graduating from the Academy. At the same time, achievement levels reached an all-time high with an overall success rate of 85%. For those learners on the Advanced Apprenticeship three-year programme, success rates were even higher, at over 98%. PHOTO CAPTION: As part of their exchange visit, S&B Automotive Academy arranged for the German apprentices to visit Hampshire bus operator, Bluestar, at its Barton Park depot. The students are pictured with S&B’s Andy West (3rd right) and Steve Prewett, Bluestar’s Area Engineering Manager (2nd right). Ends http://www.sandbaa.com
When you cannot afford every thing through your salary income if emergency cash requirement middle of month then consider fast quick payday loans same day services for UK people who want to loans up to 1000 pounds in your bank account less than 15 minutes.When unforeseen expenses crop up at the weekend in your life and you don't have no funds left in your pocket to manage unavoidable excess expenses then it will be difficult to handle them on time. Don't worry! For covering up extra payments at the weekend is probable. Right now you can go for weekend payday loans for bad credit.
The Uber taxi app is "competing unfairly" with London's black cabs, senior Labour MP Margaret Hodge says.