BOOK CORNER #3: "Vidal Sassoon, How One Man Changed the World With a Pair of Scissors"
photos: Laetitia Hotte
This week, our BOOK CORNER's choice is the amazing "How One Man Changed the World With a Pair of Scissors" about Vidal Sassoon.
Before becoming a hair care product brand, Vidal Sassoon was the hairdresser who designed the most emblematic women’s hairstyles of the 60s (bouffants, bobs and geometric cuts), just as Mary Quant was inventing the miniskirt.
The fashion world was turned upside down under his influence: we’re talking King’s Road, Grace Coddington and David Bailey. You might think of fashion as being just a combination of clothes, but what really defines a period is what people are doing with their hair. What people put their hair through, the choices they make, conformity or eccentricity… Hair is not just another frill of femininity; it says it all in terms of style and attitude.
This book portrays Vidal Sassoon over a period of nearly 40 years through a collection of quotes from the hairdresser himself and the people who were close to him. It takes you on a journey through the recent history of style, the people who created it and those who talked about it. The design of the book was entrusted to Steve Hiett, whose colorful pop touches are a perfect match for the subject.
"Vidal Sassoon, How One Man Changed the World With a Pair of Scissors", 168 p., Ed. Rizzoli (New York), 2012.
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