Vidal Sassoon

Vidal Sassoon

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Downloadable Video - 2013
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Vidal Sassoon is more than just a hairdresser - he's a rock star, an artist, a craftsman who "changed the world with a pair of scissors." With the geometric, Bauhaus-inspired hairdos he pioneered in the 1960s and his "wash and wear" philosophy that liberated generations of women from the tyranny of the salon, Sassoon revolutionized the art of hairstyling and left an indelible mark on popular culture. This documentary traces with visual gusto the life of a self-made man whose passion and perseverance took him from an orphanage in London to the absolute pinnacle of his craft.
Publisher: [United States] : Phase 4 Films : Made available through hoopla, 2013
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (ca. 93 min.)) : sd., col


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Aug 14, 2018

*Note* - This bio-documentary was produced in 2010, 2 years before Vidal Sassoon's death.

Through stills, archival footage, and interviews (including those with Sassoon) - This presentation takes a close-up look at the career of a man who (during the late-1960's to mid-1970's) gained worldwide recognition as being the trend-setting hairdresser who (thanks to a pair of scissors) almost single-handedly revolutionized women's hair fashions.

Sassoon was clearly a "snip'n'trim" man who was strongly opposed to women's hair being teased and back-combed. And, yes - Kiss curls were definitely a big no-no for this guy, as well.

*Note* - In 2012 - Vidal Sassoon (84 at the time) died of leukemia.

Dec 19, 2014

Wife was interested in seeing this film, so I agreed to give it a shot. Pleasant surprise. So much I did not know about this multi-faceted man of diverse experience and numerous accomplishments.

Sep 19, 2011

He liberated women from the tyranny of constantly changing trends in hair fashion, which at the time meant curlers, teasing and lots of hair spraying. He created styles that used the natural beauty of a person's hair. Even though I am not in this field, I found his persistence and discipline very inspiring and was particularly impressed with the way he talked with clients to assure them as they fretted about not looking like everyone else. Good film!

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