Vidal Sassoon

Raised in London’s East End, Vidal Sassoon founded the eponymous global hairdressing company. After fighting in the 1948 Arab-Israeli war, he joined the Mayfair salon of the renowned ‘Teasy-Weasy’ Raymond, later making his mark with iconic styles such as the five-point cut and the wash-and-wear perm at his own salon. Vidal was close friends with recently deceased London College of Fashion alumnus and honouree, Joshua Galvin. Joshua ran Sassoon’s salons in the US and later took on responsibility for the entire European operation. Joshua first introduced Sassoon to the work of the college and he agreed to act as an Ambassador promoting our Cuts, Curls and Crimpers exhibition. Although Sassoon is not an alumnus of LCF, many of his contemporaries and those he has trained are. He has been a pioneer and inspirational leader in his field and is responsible for changing the face of hairdressing as we know, and teach it, today. He is always modest, warm and funny. Fascinatingly, he talks about his work drawing references and comparisons to the work of artists, architecture and designers. He is clear about the importance of dedication, hard work and a commitment to finding and developing your vision whatever your area of creative practice. We were delighted when he agreed to accept an Honorary Doctorate at the University of Arts London.

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