VIDAL SASSOON – a medal and a movie!

21 October 2009

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The Queen has honoured hair styling legend Vidal Sassoon by awarding him a CBE at Buckingham Palace yesterday. Looking incredibly young and cool in a slim-fitting suit and geek-chic glasses, the silver fox said, 'It is both an honour and sense of personal satisfaction to receive this award but I also accept it on behalf of the craft of hairdressing. The UK is one of the hairdressing capitals of the world and I'm proud to be part of it.'

Naturally, the King of Hair was equally thrilled to meet her maj. 'The Queen was charming. She walked towards me with a smile and said, "You've been at it for a while." I left a pause before answering, "Yes maam, 67 years in fact!" Her reply? "Good Lord!”' Vidal has been out of the public eye of late, but this is all set to change next year. Not only is the man who invented the bob working on his memoirs (we can’t wait), but there is also a documentary in the pipeline.

The film was the brainchild of Bumble & Bumble founder Michael Gordon, who wanted to present it to Sassoon as an 80th birthday present. But the material Gordon found turned out to be so incredible that the deadline came and went (Vidal will be 82 in January). The film is now in the final stages of editing and being entered for film festivals. A wider cinema release is expected later next year.

An insider on the movie told Grazia 'They’ve been friends for years, and Michael really felt like this was something that needed to be done; to celebrate Vidal’s life and the influence he’s had.'

Mainly filmed in London, LA and New York, the movie will cover the hairstylist’s extraordinary life, form his childhood growing up in an orphanage to fighting fascists in the ’40s, and his explosion on to the global beauty scene in the ’60s, as well as years at the helm of his powerhouse product line.

'There is lots of never-seen-before footage, and loads of interview from people that work with him and have been inspired by him, as well as new interviews such as a conversation between Vidal and Mary Quant talking about the ’60s, with so much energy and banter; it’s really exciting.'

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Yesterday, Vidal and friends celebrated his award with a quiet lunch at swish new eaterie Il Vaporetto, in the company of close friends such as Mary Quant, Tamara Mellon, Julien Macdonald, Joshua Galvin, and Richard Buckley. 'It was all very low key – although he was wearing his medal,' says our source.

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