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 aka Gallery Girl is a writer and curator based in London. Her work has been featured in publications including Dazed, Hyperallergic and Vogue Arabia. She was curator of Perpetual Movement during AWAN Festival 2018 and in 2019 had a residency at the Lab at Darat Al Funun in Amman, Jordan. She has also worked with Armenia Art Fair for its inaugural edition and previously worked as an editor at I.B.Tauris Publishers. In 2019 she co-founded Arsheef, Yemen’s first contemporary art gallery. She has given workshops at Manara Culture in Amman, Jordan and Victoria and Albert Museum in London, UK. As of 2020 she is currently in law school, with the ambition of greater understanding the intersection between art and the law.

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