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Vidal Sassoon: A Few Choice Photos

Hair stylist Vidal Sassoon has died of natural causes in Los Angeles. He was 84.

If Austin Powers had been a real person, Vidal Sassoon would have done his hair. Sassoon was the the skinny savant of swinging London in the 1960s. 

A photo of Vidal Sassoon, in skinny black suit, standing with one foot on a stool

Vidal Sassoon in 1964. Love those delicate ankles.

A photo of Vidal Sassoon behind Mia Farrow, trimming her hair intently

Hollywood, 1968. Sassoon was “known for chopping off actress Mia Farrow‘s long locks for her role in Roman Polanski‘s horror film Rosemary’s Baby.”

In 1973 he launched his own hugely popular Vidal Sassoon line of hair care products. The actor Michael Caine, in one of his memoirs, talks about chatting with Sassoon at a London party. The haidresser told him that was the secret to real wealth: coming up with something that makes you money even while you’re asleep.

A close-up photo of Vidal Sassoon, chin on his hand, smiling for the camera

Middle-aged and marvelous: Vidal Sassoon circa 1990. He was born in 1928, so he would have been 62ish at this point. And about to embark on his fourth marriage.

He wasn’t exactly the typical hairstylist: “His father left when he was five, and his mother had to put him and his brother into a Jewish orphanage because she could not afford to keep them. In 1948, at the age of 20, he travelled to Israel to fight in the Arab-Israeli War.”

Photo of Vidal Sassoon, putting his hands in a tent, looking gray but smiling

He was looking a little older in 2011 at the London premiere of Vidal Sassoon: The Movie, a chronicle of his life and career.

A photo of Vidal Sassoon, much older, but in a stylish black jacket and groovy muffler

But it must be said: still super-stylish at 83. Fantastic scarf.

So long, Mr. Sassoon — you made your mark.

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