Vidal: The Autobiography

Vidal: The Autobiography

by Vidal Sassoon
     
 

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The most famous hairdresser in the world tells his fascinating life story
 
Vidal Sassoon's extraordinary life has taken him from an impoverished childhood to global fame as the father of modern hairdressing, whose slick sharp cutting took the fashion world by storm. His memoir begins with surprising and

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The most famous hairdresser in the world tells his fascinating life story
 
Vidal Sassoon's extraordinary life has taken him from an impoverished childhood to global fame as the father of modern hairdressing, whose slick sharp cutting took the fashion world by storm. His memoir begins with surprising and often moving stories of his early life—his time at the Spanish & Portuguese Jewish Orphanage in Maida Vale, fighting fascists in London's East End, and fighting in the army of the fledgling state of Israel in the late 1940s. He then discusses his extraordinary career, during which he cut the hair of everyone who was anyone—including Mary Quant, Grace Coddington, Twiggy, Rita Hayworth, and Mia Farrow; launched salons all over the world; founded the hairdressing school that still bears his name; and became a global brand. He also shares the passions that drive him—architecture and beautiful women, Israel and anti-Semitism, family ties and season tickets at Chelsea. The compelling memoir of a genuine fashion icon who reinvented the art of hairdressing.

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"Anyone who lived through the 1960s and wishes to be reminded of the decade's tumultuous changes or those who wish to see the Mad Men era from a London perspective, Sassoon's charming and heartfelt autobiography is a gentle but always enjoyable meander through a world shaking era."  —Jewish Chronicle

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Growing up in poverty in London's East End, Sassoon, now 82, spent seven years in an orphanage after his father left and his mother could not afford to care for him and his brother. At 14 he apprenticed in a London salon when his mother had a premonition that hairdressing would be right for him. After fighting for the foundling state of Israel in the late 1940s, Sassoon returned to London and opened his own salon, with the proviso that "there would be no hairdressing in the old-fashioned sense." From back-combed, shellacked helmets of hair to styles that relied on architectural shapes that flattered a woman's face, Sassoon transformed hair cutting and design, leaving an indelible mark on contemporary style. VERDICT Sassoon's early life gave him the courage and ambition to revolutionize hairdressing and become one of the best-known figures in modern beauty and fashion. His autobiography is a reflection of 20th-century culture as well as a captivating profile of an innovator and successful entrepreneur.—Meagan Storey, Virginia Beach

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780330521291
Publisher:
Pan Macmillan
Publication date:
07/01/2011
Pages:
360
Sales rank:
792,292
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Vidal Sassoon was born in London in 1928. He began his hairdressing career as an apprentice during the Second World War. Today, his name is still associated with the salons and the hairdressing schools he founded in the 1960s. He lives in London and Beverly Hills and in 2009 he was made a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

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