Vidal Sassoon on the artform that is hairdressing, 1985

The scissors legend talked to Sally Brampton while Hamiltons gallery displayed a retrospective exhibition of his work

‘Vidal Sassoon was here’ proclaimed the cover of the Observer Magazine of 21 April 1985, likening his craft to graffiti, as if he had tagged all those tresses before dashing off to look after his global product line (which he sold in 1984 for £75m) – a cut and run. Well, his slogan was: ‘If you don’t look good, we don’t look good.’

The man who ‘started a revolution with his scissors’, then in his late 50s, referred to hairdressing as an artform in his interview with Sally Brampton, to coincide with a retrospective exhibition at Hamiltons gallery in London. Such an accolade for a hairdresser sounded incredible at the time, but then Sassoon was no ordinary trimmer.

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