Vidal: The Autobiography

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Macmillan, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 358 pages
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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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User Review  - vintage_vermin - LibraryThing

This has been so inspiring to read as an apprenticeship hairdresser - but you wouldn't need to know anything about hair (or care to know!) to find it both interesting and inspiring. Vidal Sassoon ... Read full review

VIDAL: The Autobiography

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A richly nuanced blend of memoir and personal opinion by a name synonymous with hairstyling.Sassoon passionately recounts times of great joy and struggle throughout his life. He was raised in London ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

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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