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Vidal Sassoon's most iconic haircuts


British-born hairstylist Vidal Sassoon - credited with creating some of the most iconic hairstyles of the 60s - has died at the age of 84 at his home in LA. It's no exaggeration to say that Sassoon revolutionised the hairdressing industry with his precise, geometric cuts and chic swingy bobs, freeing women from the stiff up 'dos of the 50s. While Sassoon's heyday was in the Swinging Sixties - cutting the hair of stars such as Mia Farrow, Mary Quant and Nancy Kwan in his salon in London - his hairstyling legacy continues today, from Victoria Beckham's 'pob' to Emma Watson's pixie crop.

Celebrate the life of the groundbreaking hairstylist with a look back at some of Vidal Sassoon's most iconic cuts...

ABOVE: Designer Mary Quant having her hair cut into a sharp style by Vidal Sassoon in 1964. The pair became great friends and together are credited with creating the iconic look of the Swinging Sixties. As Quant says to Sassoon in Vidal Sassoon The Movie: "I made the clothes, but you put the top on".

ABOVE: Vidal Sassoon cutting Mia Farrow's iconic pixie crop. While Sassoon is often cited as having given Farrow her famous Rosemary's Baby crop, the photo - which took place in a Hollywood boxing ring surrounded by press and photographers - was actually a stunt orchestrated by the film's director Roman Polanski.

ABOVE: Nancy Kwan showcased Sassoon's handiwork in the film The Wild Affair in 1963. The hairstyle appeared in magazines across the world and quickly became internationally sought after, creating a worldwide trend for the 'Nancy Kwan' look.

ABOVE: A lopsided asymmetric cut from the 60s, created by Sassoon stylist Roger Thompson and modelled by Danae Brooke.

ABOVE: Sassoon pictured returning from honeymoon with his second wife, Canadian actress Beverly Adams, who sports a chic pixie crop created by the hairdresser.

ABOVE: A sleek bob cut by stylist Roger Thompson at Vidal Sassoon's salon in London.

ABOVE: Vidal Sassoon dressing the hair of South African opera singer Denny Dayriss with £10,000 worth of diamonds loaned by Gerrards the jewellers. Dayriss was to sing at a charity ball at the Dorchester Hotel to raise funds for the White Fleet - an organisation that converted vessels belonging to the US Navy into hospital ships.

ABOVE: Vidal Sassoon creates a long bob with a soft fringe for actress Janette Scott in 1963.

ABOVE: US Vogue's current creative director Grace Coddington modelling Sassoon's groundbreaking 'Five Point Cut' in 1963. It went on to become one of the most iconic looks from the era.

What do you think? Is it time for Vidal Sassoon's iconic hairstyles to make a comeback - or have they never gone away? Tell us your thoughts on Twitter or in the comments section below.

Picture credit: Rex and Getty Images



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