Hair Is Architecture

July 31st, 2009

81 year-old coiffure legend Vidal Sassoon–who helped define the”mod” look, and who created both Mia Farrow’s pixie look for Rosemary’s Baby and fashion designer Mary Quant’s asymmetrical bob–tells public radio’s Studio 360 this weekend about what inspired him: architecture. Raised an orphan in London, he joined the Israeli army when Israel was formed. Later, after working as a shampoo boy in a salon, he started cutting hair.¬† “As I got into hair,” Sassoon¬† says, “I started to love it so much that I thought, Why not use architectural shapes?” He concludes, piercingly, “It was all inspired by Bauhaus.”