Well Wedding season is certainly in full swing, every weekend lately has been early starts, hair and make-up for brides and bridesmaids. I’m not complaining though, it’s lovely to be involved with the wedding morning and helping the ladies get ready for the big day! I love hearing about the plans for the day and everyones personal touches to make it their own…. X
Vidal Sassoon’s legacy is a truly “Rags to Riches” story.
Vidal was born into poverty in London’s East End in 1928 and by the time of his death in Los Angeles, in 2012 he owned a multi million dollar international corporation.
His father left the family when he was 3 years of age, his mother was then evicted so begged a Jewish orphanage to take him, which is where he lived from the age of 5 until he was 11 when war broke out and he was evacuated. When he was 14 he came back to London and got a job as a glove cutter, then another job as a messenger boy, riding his bike around war torn London.
After the war he secured a 2 year apprenticeship in a small hairdressers shop in Whitechapel as a shampoo boy. He tried to gain employment at “Raymond’s” hairdressers(stylist to the stars of the time) but was turned away because of his cockney accent, later to return after 3years of elocution lessons.
In 1954 he opened his own small salon in Bond Street, London, with only 8 clients on the first day. He was doing traditional hairdressing with curls and back combing to give it shape but he wasn’t content, he wanted to be creative and spent the next few years trying out new styles that were sleek, cut at angles and geometrically pleasing to the eye after studying the bone structure of each face. Vidal worked hard, often 14 hours a day perfecting his skills, a lot of his inspiration came from architecture with its defined shapes.
Two years later he moved to bigger premises in Bond Street and changed the appearance completely of the traditional salon, it looked more like an art gallery than a hair salon, open plan with large windows down to the floor, from outside you could see ladies having there hair styled, something quite unheard of at that time. He had large pictures on the wall of different hair cuts that could be seen from the street.
In 1957 the fashion designer Mary Quant stopped to view the pictures then walked in to make an appointment to have her hair cut. That was the beginning of a long friendship and working collaboration between two designers, one of fashion and one of hairdressing.
Vidal received a call from a film company asking him to cut the film star Nancy Kwan’s hair. Her hair was 4ft long when she entered his salon and cut into one of his famous geometric shapes when she came out but not before she had been photographed. That photo went on the cover of Vogue magazine in England, USA and Italy then in all the newspapers.
Vidal cut the fashion models hair, Grace Coddington into his famous 5 point cut which appeared on Queen magazine in 1960. Later in 1968 he cut Mia Farrow’s hair for her staring role in the film Rosemary’s Baby. Goldie Hawn’s hair was cut into a bob cut in 1969 by Vidal.
He opened the Vidal Sassoon Master Academy, youngsters came from all over Europe to attend, then from Africa, Japan and the Far East to learn how to cut hair from the master.
During 1965 he open a salon in Maddison Avenue, New York and spent the next 10years traveling between London and New York. 1973 saw the launch of his products range, being the first stylist to bring hair products to the High Street, they soon went global. He later moved to Los Angeles where he settled, although he regularly came back to Great Britain.
The Queen awarded him a CBE in 2009 shortly before he was diagnosed with Leukaemia, which was to claim his life in 2012.
I hope you have found this interesting.
Love Betty …..X
well it’s been a busy few months but I didn’t want another few months to pass without sharing with you some pictures from the imfamous Goodwood Revival 2016. Yet again a show stopping event with the added pleasure of styling lots of the lovely ladies vintage hair & make-up over the whole weekend! …..love Betty…. X
Carnaby Street sits amongst the 13 streets in London’s Soho shopping area. It is found behind Liberty in Regents Street, the nearest underground station being Oxford Circus. The area boasts 150 shops, bars and restaurants. The shops display cutting edge designers talents and trendy street ware, clothes, shoes, bags and jewellery. There are also boutiques selling vintage clothing and well known cosmetic shops.
Although the street has been there since the 16th century, it was in the 1960’s that Carnaby Street came to life and became a fashionable shopping street. It was the place to shop and to be seen and if you were very lucky or hung around long enough you might have seen a famous person or two shopping there.
Now many people gather each year for the switching on of the Carnaby Street Christmas Lights which feature some of the most unusual Christmas decorations to be seen in London. The shops stay open late, many giving discounts and there is a general festive party atmosphere. The lights always have a different theme each year.
2010 was the 50th Anniversary of the start of the “swinging sixties” so the theme that year was Love, Hope, Joy and Peace- reminiscent of throughout the sixties in fact.
2011 saw giant illuminated Mistletoe across the street with Holly chandeliers swinging in between.
2012 had a Rolling Stones theme celebrating 50years of their music. The year of the Robin was the theme for 2013.
The distinctive theme for 2014 was to celebrate Carnaby Street’s reputation as a unique shopping destination, with enormous headphones and sunglasses with ” I love Christmas” on.
2015 ….. I won’t spoil the surprise as you might be planning to go to see the Carnaby Street lights for yourself!!
Love Betty…. X
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I don’t know about you but a question I often find myself asking lately is what do we define as Vintage? At what point in the timeline do we say vintage stops here from this point these items cannot be classed as vintage. For an item that is very old to be classed as an antique it is defined to be over 100 years old, but for what we call vintage there are no boundaries. We are already seeing a creeping line of items from the 1990’s onwards lining the vintage fairs, we all appreciate that as the years move on these decades are becoming further away from us, therefore should hold a certain stake in the vintage world or should they? A few years ago if you grazed a vintage fair you would see the era of the 60’s and former years, maybe the occasional 70’s attire, but nowadays we see an array of all eras extending right up to the late nineties.
I suppose this could be classed as quite a controversial subject, I think if you speak to anyone that has been for many a year into the vintage scene, they would say that the 80’s and thereafter is not vintage! Whereas someone of a younger generation they would think differently, yet if anything they have been born closer to these eras so that doesn’t give any conclusions as to why they would call this vintage either, and let’s face it they are the next generation to be attending and buying at the vintage fairs, learning swing dance, and styling their hair and makeup to re create a certain era, so who am I to say.
I suppose when I pick a, shall we say vintage item, I like to transport myself back to that era, be intrigued by who might of worn it? Think about the occasion they may have worn it for? Feel an emotional connection with what may have been happening in society at that time, it just doesn’t seem the same picking up something from the recent years that hasn’t had time to have gained any history, and has no stories to tell and nothing to conjure up the imagination, but I’m certainly in no position to conclude what is right and wrong, it just my opinion and my passion for keeping true vintage along the right path,without it being pulled out of its niche, it’s certainly too special to lose that . . . X
Well I’m glad to see that for this season the sixties style shift dress is hitting the high street . It was my increasing love of vintage attire that brought me to my first purchase of an original sixties dress that I bought back in the nineties. Purchased from a quaint vintage boutique in Camden my exciting first purchase has led me on to an ongoing love for vintage clothes the sixties style of dress being a favourite.
I shall certainly be grazing the shops to see what sixties style dresses I can find . A flattering A-line shape that can be so versatile to wear , it can be teamed with tights or leggings, tops underneath or jumpers on top, and the look complimented with an array of different style boots or shoes, can also be worn alone with sandals for a simple summer style. I still have to stick to my guns that nothing beats the find of an original vintage dress, as I’m not just buying a vintage dress I’m buying an interesting piece of history, but it’s great to hear that the mainstream shops will be sporting the modern look sixties dresses this season as they will have new materials and colours and inspiration on the classic style of the sixties shift dress…. Time to go shopping I think…. Vintage Love….. Betty….. X