In the 1960s, sleek, mod and architectural hairstyles were all the rage thanks to master cutter Vidal Sassoon, who passed away last week at the age of 84. “He changed the way everyone looked at hair,” Vogue creative director and former 60’s Sassoon model Grace Coddington told The New York Times. “Before Sassoon, it was all back-combing and lacquer; the whole thing was to make it high and artificial. Suddenly you could put your fingers through your hair!”
The hairstylist’s most famous look, and one that was immediately copied by moviegoers, was Mia Farrow’s pixie cut created for the 1968 film Rosemary’s Baby, followed by those of Broadway star Carol Channing and fashion designer Mary Quant. He is is also credited for popularizing the 1920’s inverted bob hairstyle, a look that leaves front strands longer than those in the back. Sassoon’s tagline, “If you don’t look good, we don’t look good”, emphasized his customer first approach to business. View some of his most famed looks below:
Top Row: Broadway star Carol Channing, model Emmanuelle Khanh, Vogue creative director and former model Grace Coddington. Bottom Row: The inverted bob, actress Mia Farrow, fashion designer Mary Quant.