Vidal Sassoon @ Somerset House

The Spring/Summer 2013 runway shows this year screamed out sixties. Among many things that spring to mind when thinking about the era are Biba, Mary Quant’s mini skirts and Vidal Sassoon’s bob. The influential British hairdresser who passed away in May is having his tribute made at Somerset house in a series of photographs, artwork and film.

Although small, the show champions Sassoon for his hair cuts that saw the end of women’s high maintenance hair routines and complimented the new progressive fashion. Inspired by Bauhaus, the hairdresser’s first bob for Grace Coddington made them both a household name. He created a style suitable for the working woman, in an age of equality and empowerment. Sassoon was interested in the geometry of the haircut, and later built an empire of salons and academies all over the world.

With Somerset House being the home of London Fashion Week and so many fashion and photography exhibitions, it is the perfect site to host such a show – celebrating one of our best home grown talents.

Vidal Sassoon: Outtakes is on display at Somerset House until 28 October

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Lizzy Vartanian Collier is a London-based writer and curator. She is the founder of Gallery Girl - a London-based curatorial platform and website dedicated to modern and contemporary art from across the globe. Her work is primarily focused on supporting emerging female artists from the Middle East and the Caucasus. She has written for Canvas Magazine, Harper's Bazaar Arabia, Ibraaz, Jdeed Magazine, Suitcase and Vice Arabia among other publications. Her exhibitions in London and Armenia have been featured in Vogue Arabia, The Art Newspaper, The Art Gorgeous and numerous other news outlets. Gallery Girl has also spoken in the UK, UAE and Belgium about the contemporary art scene in the MENA region, and is planning further events in London and Amman.

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