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Sassoon: Changed the world with a pair of scissors.

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.

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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.

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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.

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I hope you have found this interesting.
Love Betty …..X

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1960's Music The Beatles

Beatlemania ! ….. X

John, Paul, George and Ringo – Ordinary names ( well perhaps not Ringo), I could have written Lennon, McCartney, Harrison and Starr, it would have made no difference as everyone would know who they were! Four young lads from humble beginnings living in Liverpool in the late fifties who came together through their love of making music.

 

They earned a “few bob” during 1961 by playing in the Cavern Club in Liverpool. For anyone who hasn’t visited the Cavern Club, it is not large, plush and expensive but small, dark and dingy, yet it became famous for being the place they were discovered by Brian Epstein who became their manager.

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On 17th October 1962 they appeared to the nation on British Television (black and white of course) in their matching suits with round necks, no lapels or double breasted as in previous era’s! And they had “Long Hair” cut so strangely, no short back and sides. In actual fact they caused a sensation by looking so unconventional !! and their music, well, nothing like it had ever been heard before!

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Young men grew their hair to have it styled like them, young girls screamed and danced to their music, photo’s of them took over all the teen magazines and they became headline news in the papers – and so was the birth of “BEATLEMANIA”.

 

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Vintage Wedding

Vintage Wedding Button Bouquets…. X

I love the idea of the vintage style button bouquets rather than having flowers what an eye catching idea. One of my wedding clients a few years ago asked each of her invited guests to send back alongside their RSVP a button or two out of their sewing box, the bride then made her bridesmaids and herself button bouquets for the wedding day, she even colour coordinated them.. and they looked stunning…. X

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Vintage Photoshoot …. X

Last Wednesday I had the pleasure of collaborating on a Vintage Photoshoot at Wakehurst Mansion In Sussex organised by Ingrid of Fine to Fabulous Hair & Makeup. A large team of specialist Hair & Makeup artists were brought in to style and dress a group of talented models to be photographed at this stunning backdrop
for a 1920,s and 1940’s/50’s theme. Here are a few shots behind the scenes I can’t wait to see the final shoot pics…. X

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Vintage Clothes

Is this Vintage? ….. X

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

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The Burlesque Jems Cabaret Evening… X

Saturday the 24th of October 2014 saw the annual Burlesque Jems Cabaret Evening. Founder and feathered facilitator of The Burlesque Jems “Jem” and her tutors showcased their lovely burlesque dancers at a beautiful venue in Essex.

Betty’s Rock & Rollers were there on the night offering vintage makeovers for the ladies performing.

The ladies looked amazing, the atmosphere was buzzing within the dancers and the audience. There were feathers and fun, tease, and of course a bit of naughtiness, a great evening was had by all.

The burlesque Jems classes are at various locations over Essex and Hertfordshire. If you want to build confidence, learn a dance routine, have a chance to dress up and meet some other fabulous women, get in touch at
http://www.burlesquejems.co.uk for more details …. X

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Vintage In Brighton …… X

A trip to Brighton in my eyes is not complete without a visit to the North Laine’s, the Vintage district of Brighton and I was lucky enough to visit again at the weekend.
Exciting streets packed Full of vintage treasures and Antiques, a mixture of what I would call traditional rummage vintage shops with some mainstream retro shops, intertwined with of course coffee shops with sweet & savoury treats. Of course a few purchases were made to add to the collection!
If you haven’t visited before and you are down that way it’s a must!
I’m already looking forward to the next time and I’m sure it won’t be long before I’m back …. X Continue reading

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