Known for revolutionizing the fashion and hair industry with his styling wizardry, British hair stylist and business magnate Vidal Sassoon was found dead today at his home in Bel Air of natural causes.
Credited with the creation of the simple geometric wedge haircut for stars such as Mary Quant. With a “wash and wear” philosophy, Sassoon would “revolutionize the way of hair styling” and become an emblem for “freedom and good health” for women everywhere. Not to mention his extreme business savvy that would eventually led him to opening the world’s first series of chain salons around the globe.
Pop culture enthusiasts will remember Mia Farrow’s iconic Sassoon-do for the Roman Polanski film “Rosemary’s Baby” in 1968. Going under the blade, Farrow’s long locks would be cut to the pixie cut that would epitomize the style of the times, strange beauty, and forcing us to reevaluate the way we accept beauty as a whole. In a time when women were restricted to insane beauty measures, Sassoon eliminated the “superfluous”, and allowed for the pure liberation of beauty.
Somehow it seemed Sassoon was always able to bring out the best in all those he touched. Worth an estimated $150 million, there is no doubting the incredible legacy this creative entrepreneur was able to leave behind; that of a mogul and a visionary. In 2011, a documentary was released entitled “Vidal Sassoon: The Movie” which features a great summary of the legend and the legacy. Click her to watch the trailer.
[Source: HOLLYWOOD REPORTER]