Vidal Sassoon – The Movie

Vidal Sassoon is the world’s most famous celebrity hair stylist, largely due to the licensing agreement he signed with Proctor and Gamble to market his eponymous hair care line. Fittingly, a recent film, Vidal Sassoon The Movie, directed by first timer Craig Teper, chronicles the hair legends life. The film’s producer is Bumble and Bumble founder Michael Gordon, who sought to enshrine Sassoon’s contributions to the hair market by making a serious documentary, and related coffee table book, examining Sassoon’s life.

What Gordon found was a far more interesting than what might be expected. The film tracks Sassoon’s truly fascinating life, from his childhood in one of London’s Jewish orphanages, through a stint as a fighter—first with British anti-fascists The 43 Group and then with the Israeli Defense Forces during the Arab Israeli War—and up to the founding of his own salon on London’s Bond Street. Here, Sassoon created the iconic bob hairstyle that helped define the look of Swinging London in the mid-60s. The film features interviews with era figureheads like fashion designer Mary Quant and model Peggy Moffitt, for whom Sassoon created the “five point” hairstyle.

From this early highpoint the film tracks Sassoon’s ascent to celebrity status with his move to Los Angeles, his creation of Mia Farrow’s Rosemary’s Baby hairstyle, his own television show, his famous licensing agreement, and his eventual status as a legend, which was confirmed by his appointment as Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2009. The film is a worthy tribute to Sassoon as innovator, and is sure to inspire.

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