Last week famed hair stylist Vidal Sassoon sadly passed away in his Mulholland Drive home as a result of an unspecified illness and ever since, there has been a flood of tributes from colleagues and celebrities about his work.
US Vogue creative director Grace Coddington was one of the first, talking about working with him in the Sixties on his famous five point haircut. 'He was key to that whole look in the early Sixties, that youth quake thing in London. The [five point] cut gave you a certain freedom. You weren't chained to the salon, and you certainly didn't have to go and have it set with big rollers under a hair dryer for a couple of hours,' she told The New York Times. 'He did it with a hand-held hair dryer, so it wasn't quite drip-dry, but it was remarkable. It was a cut so precisely worked out that, no matter which way you shook it, there was never a sort of long piece hanging over the wrong side.'
Fellow hair stylist Nicky Clarke also spoke about hi after the news broke. 'He was a hugely significant - probably the most iconic of all hairdressers,' he told BBC's Newsnight. 'Certainly hairdressers around today - myself included - have a huge debt to this man who changed the way people felt about their hair.' Talking to Vogue.com, Daniel Hersheson expressed the same feeling. 'Vidal created a movement that transformed women, creating modern feminine looks - a beauty and style that had simply never been seen before...On behalf of myself and my son Luke Hersheson, along with everybody who works at Daniel Hersheson, we would like to thank Vidal Sassoon for everything he gave the hairdressing industry. He was a true icon.'