At Vidal Sassoon's memorial service on Friday, it was a day of remembrance, and a day of celebration for a man who achieved so much. 'I have had an incredible life, a life I could never have imagined. And I’m ready,' said Vidal Sassoon to his wife Ronnie shortly before his death in May after a long battle with leukaemia. He certainly did have a remarkable life, which was tangible by the attendants at his inspiring memorial service.
Lord David Puttnam, a childhood friend, spoke of his pride in his modest upbringing, actor Jeremy Irons spoke of his vivacious energy, and architect Zaha Hadid gave an address in which she praised his modesty, genius, and liberation of women. We also learned a few lessons from Vidal's unwavering courage, including his involvement in the 43 Group in 1946. But as his son Elan poignantly reminded us, he was a down-to-earth man with an incredible vision, and he shared it with the world.
While Vidal's life has ended, his achievements and unique approach to the industry have been immoralized in both hair style and artistic celebration. Along with a documentary and book, there is now an inspiring exhibition at Somerset House, entitled Out Takes. The exhibition, which runs until the end of October, features the artwork and photographyfrom Art Director and graphic designer Steve Hiett. It's Pop-art nouveau approach reminds us of Vidal's revolution in the 1960's, while ensuring the viewer of Vidal's continuing contemporary significance.
As Grace Coddington, US Vogue creative director and model of his infamous five-point-cut reminds us, 'He was key to that whole look in the early sixties, that youthquake thing in London. The cut gave you a certain freedom.' From the Five-point to Vidal's famous (and publicly photographed) Mia Farrow Pixie cut for her role in 'Rosemary's Baby,' his vision and his unwavering technical precision were not only revolutionary, they became timeless. Take a look through our gallery to see Vidal Sassoon's greatest cuts that still influence the industry today.