This spring a documentary and book have been made about Vidal Sassoon, the hairdresser of almost every hip, hot and happening celeb in the sixties. Well, that’s all the information I have. The documentary seems to be made and was shown at a couple of film festivals, but it seems it’s not getting a screening for a wider audience. And absolutely no info on the book…. So, to fill the gap, a tiny compilation of his work.
Viddal Sassoon introduced dark, straight and shiny hair cuts. His haircuts were geometric yet organic, as shown in this video:
One of his most well know clients was fashion innovator Mary Quant.
Another client: actress Nancy Kwan with sleek Vidal Sassoon bob, 1963.
Model Grace Coddington with the Five Point Cut in 1964.
Vidal Sassoon cut actress Mia Farrow’s pixie hair for the 1968 movie Rosemary’s Baby. Cost of the cut $5.000 (!)
Model Ulla Bomser for Bazaar, 1965.
Some simple mathematics: summer + prints = Pucci! The founder of the label, Emilio Pucci, started the brand in the forties, but the label became worldwide know in the sixties through famous customers like Jacqueline Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe. Characteristic of the label are the Pucci prints: loud, abstract graphic prints in the most vibrant, vivid colours. Groovy! The prints were used on lightweight (unlined) silk dresses and scarves, so the clothes became very popular for travelling and pool side parties. Emilio Pucci died in 1992, but the brand continued with new designers like Christian Lacroix and Matthew Williamson.
If you are as intrigued by Pucci as I am, this August Taschen will release a book about the designer, with hundreds of photographs, drawings, and candid shots from the archive of the Emilio Pucci Foundation. There are two editions: a ‘regular’ one and a limited one of 500 books. The limited edition is bound in an original vintage Pucci fabric and is accompanied by four art prints of original drawings from the designer. I want!
Colourfull cover art of the new must-have Taschen Pucci-book
Model Susan Murray, circa 1966
Marilyn Monroe wearing a Pucci print dress. Some bizarre info: she was even buried wearing a green Pucci dress.
Mr. Pucci himself
Veruschka modelling or Pucci, 1964
Models in ‘Pucci’s hometown Florence, on the rooftop of Palazzo Pucci. The dome of the Cathedral of Florence is in the background, 1966.
Book images from taschen.com
Well, I think it takes way too long to wait for Christmas…
“Photographing fashion, British Style in the Sixties” is a collection of Britain’s most important sixties fashion images, that have remained unseen. Expect photo’s from John Cowan, Terence Donovan, John French and Patrick Hunt, and clothing from Mary Quant, John Bates, Gina Fratini, Foale & Tuffin, Biba, Jean Muir, and Ossie Clark.
Photographing Fashion: British Style in the Sixties by Richard Lester, 192 pages, published by ACC Editions (31 Oct 2009), ISBN-10: 1851496009, ISBN-13: 978-1851496006.
You can buy it here and even here!
I found this brilliantly new website called Test. it’s like an online magazine, but does not only contain photographs but also beautiful little movies. Some info from their website: “Test is a visual platform that fuses a combination of new and established artists on a constantly changing series of image-led projects. Its name is derived from the concept of a “test shoot”, where creative teams are formed to show the best of their abilities. The continually evolving website collates some of the most exciting talents from fashion, art, film, design and music.”
The Art Director/founder of Test is Jaime Perlman, who has also worked for British Vogue.
Secret Agent: photographer Wendy Bevan, fashion editor Katie Felstead, model Agent Lynch
Face to Face: photographer Catherine Servel, stylist Leith Clark
Into the Wild: photographer Mel Bles, Stylist Stevie Westgarth, model Amy Greenhough