Awhile ago, I posted the trailer of a documentary that looked very interesting on the late Vidal Sassoon. Well, I finally got my hands on it, and I must tell you – it’s AMAZING!
This documentary, consisting of interviews with Sassoon, provides incredible insight that made me realize that Sassoon wasn’t just a visionary and an artistic genius but he was someone who is very inspirational and whose life story deserves telling.
A quick look at the very interesting beginning:
He starts out by relaying his childhood. He was born into poverty right before the Depression and relays how life was even worse for him and his mother (acting as a single parent – one gets the impression that this was a formidable woman) and siblings since they were Jewish. It made it difficult for her to support her family and keep a roof over their heads. As such, she begged the Jewish authorities to find a place for him and his brother in their orphanage, where he lived for most of his childhood. He takes us to the synagogue where he sang in the choir and even sings a few bars. He discusses the change of moving to the country (along with all of the other children from London) during the war and then moving back to London at 14 while the war was still going on. His mother wasn’t happy with the concept of his continuing with his job as a messenger boy and told him he needed a profession and that she had had a premonition: “You are going to be a great hairdresser.” She took him to a hairdresser named “Adolph Cohen” to get a job. Adolph asked her for 100 guineas (which equalled 100 pounds and 100 shillings in those days) for his apprenticeship – an impossible sum. Her response “we don’t have a 100 buttons.” The young Vidal smiled, relieved because he didn’t want to be a hairdresser. They took their leave. Vidal opened the door for his mother on her way out and “doffed” his cap to Adolph before leaving. Adolph was impressed – he followed them out and said “you seem to have rather good manners, young man. Start Monday.” He looked at Vidal’s mother and said “Let’s forget the fee.” The rest, as they say, is history.
What an incredible story!
This is not just a documentary of changing artistic views and the inspirational person behind them, but a story of a very important time in our cultural history: the switch to modernity.
Overall, I highly suggest that you watch the documentary. It can be found online here:
Wishing you the best of everything,