Vidal: The Autobiography

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Pan Macmillan, Sep 3, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 384 pages
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Vidal Sassoon's extraordinary life has taken him from an impoverished East End childhood to global fame. The father of modern hairdressing, his slick sharp cutting took the fashion world by storm and reinvented the hairdressers' art. Before Vidal Sassoon, a trip to the hairdressers meant a shampoo and set or a stiffly lacquered up-do that would last a week - or more. After Vidal Sassoon, hair was sleek, smooth and very, very stylish. Along with his lifelong friend and partner in style, Mary Quant, who he first met in 1957 and who to this day sports a Sassoon-style geometric bob, he styled the 1960s. As memorable as the mini - be it car or skirt - he is one of the few people who can genuinely be described as iconic. His memoirs are as rich in anecdote as one might hope and full of 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 Forties. And then there's the extraordinary career, during which he cut the hair of everyone who was anyone, launched salons all over the world, founded the hairdressing school that still bears his name and became a global brand, with Vidal Sassoon products on all our bathroom shelves.

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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


An East End Childhood
Professor Cohen
Private Sassoon
West End
Theres Something About Mary
Me and Mr Jones
Suddenly It Happened
Sassoonery Goes Stateside 9 Passing the Yankee Test 10 Movie Stars Mia and Me 11 Crimpers Academy
Meetings With Remarkable
A Bypass Round MyHeart
Hairdressers in a Hurricane

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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 Beverley Hills and in 2009 he was made a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

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