Vidal Sassoon (17-1-1928 – 9-5-2012)
Vidal Sassoon, world famous iconic hairdresser, has died from leukaemia. Vidal has been a friend of Tony Rizzo and the Alternative Hair Show for many years and a generous supporter of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research for nearly as many.
Vidal, who rose to prominence in the industry during the 1960s, was Worldwide Honorary Patron of the Alternative Hair Show – one of the flagship events on the Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research calendar. He was the Patron of Honour at the 2006 Show and just last year, Sassoon’s salon wowed the audience with some fantastically creative new styles at the event at the Royal Albert Hall.
He opened his first salon in 1958 and quickly turned the hairdressing world upside down – sometimes literally - liberating women from the beehive and bouffant styles of the 1950s to sleeker, more contemporary cuts that reflected a change in the way society viewed style, women and new political ideas. Mary Quant who brought the mini-skirt to the 1960’s said he was ‘the Chanel of Hair’. He revolutionised the hair industry, and in launching salon-branded products became a pioneer in a sector that is now worth billions of dollars worldwide each year.
Vidal Sassoon passed away in his home yesterday, aged 84. He was a great ambassador for the hair industry and our charity and will be sadly missed by many people,