Brooke Shields Hair by John Sahag – 1980

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Brooke Shields Hair by John Sahag - 1980

Photo: © Richard Avedon

John Sahag worked with the best of the best, the best photographers, models, makeup artists, fashion stylists, magazines, editors, art directors.   Here is a young gorgeous Brooke Shields, 15 years old, in  an 1980 issue of American Vogue.  5 years later, she cut the ribbon to open his first Workshop. He worked with her many times before and after.  More Brooke Shields on the website.

Hair: John Sahag … Makeup: Way Bandy … Model; Brooke Shields … Photo: © Richard Avedon
(Photo researched by Lori Bermani)

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Vidal Sassoon Creative Board Meeting – 1980

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Vidal Sassoon Creative Board Meeting  - 1980

Photo: Unknown

Memories.  This is a Creative Board Meeting with the US and Canadian Vidal Sassoon Artistic and Color Directors. The meeting took place in 1980 at the magnificent Vidal Sassoon Corporate offices in Century City, Los Angeles.  Around the table were talents from all the North American salons – Beverly Hills, Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Toronto.

Fernando Romero, then President of the Vidal Sassoon US and Canadian Salons is standing at the head of the table. To his left, was Rita, his Executive Assistant.  Avram, who worked on many photos on this website, is the man with beard next to her. Unknown is next to him, and John Lee, San Francisco Art Director is next.

At the time, I was Creative as well as PR Director for all the US/Canadian Salons and I am to the right of Fernando Romero. Next to me is, I think, Gary, who made videos, then Paul Thomas of the Beverly Hills Salon, who was doing the hair of Goldie Hawn at the time. Next to him was Miwa of the New York Salon, then Sukki Art Director, LA with Kaz, Color, LA.   Next is Steven Docherty then of the Chicago Salon (who recommended me to John Sahag) and next to him is Graham Wren, International Artistic Director, who did most of the hair for most of my collections during my 2 year period at Vidal Sassoon (1979-1981.) John K. of Chicago is at the other end of the table.  Also present, but not photographed here were Helen Chudoba, Toronto Artistic Director … Vernon Keach, NY Artistic Director, Edward Moore, Color New York … Feary Bina, Color Toronto … Greg Miller, Color Chicago. I can’t for the life of me remember what exactly was discussed but I think it was some talent there and some meeting.

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Brooke Shields @ 15 in Calvin Klein Jeans – 1980

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Brooke Shields @ 15 in Calvin Klein Jeans - 1980

 Collage by helenoppenheim.com

A very young 15 year old Brooke Shields in some of the 1980 Calvin Klein Jeans commercials,  in which she famously said: “You want to know what comes between me and my Calvins? Nothing.” The Legendary John Sahag did the hair for all 19 of  the controversial Calvin Klein commercials filmed by Richard Avedon.

Hair: John Sahag, John Sahag Workshop … Model: Brooke Shields … Commercials filmed by  Richard Avedon

Vintage video of Brooke Shields and the famous Calvin Klein Jeans. Click:

Hot News – according to the Chic Report in fashionweekdaily.com – Lottie Moss, Kate Moss’ little sister, is appearing in new ads for Calvin Klein Jeans’ Capsule collaboration with mytheresa.com, photos shot by Michael Avedon, grandson of Richard Avedon.

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The Queue, Vidal Sassoon – 1980

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Photo (from a laser copy): Lorraine Sylvestre

Photo (from a laser copy): Lorraine Sylvestre

There was a fencing and romantic theme to Vidal Sassoon’s 1980 Queue Collection.  The hair was romantic, the shirts had frills and ruffles, very new that season.  The Queue made short hair long, in a flash.  For both him and her.  The all-in-one hair ornament, invented by Avram of Vidal Sassoon, NY, included a brushed gold bow to cover the ponytail, clipped onto the hair in one simple movement.

For more on The Queue, and a great anecdote, click 

Her Hair: Avram, His Hair: Barbara Melser, Vidal Sassoon, NY, 1980 … Makeup: Ted Nadel …  Models: Lynn Snowden and Avram … Photo (scan from a laser copy here, original lost) : Lorraine Sylvestre

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Vidal Sassoon HighHair Illusion – 1980

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Vidal Sassoon HighHair Illusion - 1980

Photo: Lorraine Sylvestre

This HighHair style was part of  Sassooning for Evening conceived to be a totally new direction for Vidal Sassoon in 1980!!!

The illusion of HighHair, the height of style, was achieved  by pulling the model’s own hair through the center of a matching false hair-covered ornament place high on top of the head – made by Avram, who also made the cloud cube as part of the surreal/cloud theme of the collection.   For more, HairThen, Vidal Sassoon, HighHair on helenoppenheim.com

Hair/Cloud Cube: Avram, Vidal Sassoon NY, 1980 … Makeup: Ted Nadel  … Clouds: Ansell Adams … Model: Oksana Dykyj … Photo: Lorraine Sylvestre … Concept/Produced by Helen Oppenheim

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Vidal Sassoon’s HighHair – 1980

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Vidal Sassoon's HighHair - 1980

Photos: Lorraine Sylvestre

A selection of 6 from a total of 19 photos from Vidal Sassoon’s world-famous HighHair Collection from 1980 with hair by Graham Wren, A. Vernon Keach, Tom Principe, Damien Miano, and Avram who also created the art, background, clouds, Dali watch.  This was the first time hair had been high on top for years, and these photos had high impact at the time.  No teasing! Concept/Produced by Helen Oppenheim.  Photos: Lorraine Sylvestre.   For more photos and full credits see  Hair/Then, Vidal Sassoon.

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1 The Presidential Wave 1980

Posted by on Feb 6, 2012 in Presidential Wave | 3 comments

1 Presidential Wave 1980

Photo: Gregory Kitchen

THE PRESIDENTIAL WAVE
For ElectionYear 1980, Vidal Sassoon elected The Presidential Wave by Barbara Mesler of the
Vidal Sassoon Barber Shop, NY.

The VS Poll interviewed its prestige Barber Shops in New York, Beverly Hills, San Francisco,
Chicago and Toronto and predicted victory in November for its Fall 1980 Men’s Campaign.

The Presidential Wave was an interesting movement, with new proportions and mood,
democratically romantic as well as classically conservative.

The rumor, widely circulated, was that the Presidential Wave , a new asymmetric symmetric
hairstyle for men sweeping the United States of America, was inspired by Vidal Sassoon’s
Soft Cubism styles, notably the Modern Marlene, which enjoyed such success during the Summer 1980 campaign.

The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) Committees may be asked to comment on this reversal of issues!

See next photo for more… 

Hair: Barbara Melser, Vidal Sassoon Barber Shop, NY, 1980
Model: Burt Kyle
Jacket and Shirt: Thierry Mugler
Photo: Gregory Kitchen

Concept/Produced by Helen Oppenheim

Anecdote:
We had hoped Edward Kennedy, much younger then, would get the nomination when we
did this photo shoot, but he didn’t.  The campaign, photographed in my office, on a Sunday,
was a quickie and, of course, I had fun writing tongue-in-cheek!

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED © HELEN OPPENHEIM 2012

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2 The Presidential Wave 1980

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2 Presidential Wave 1980

Photo: Gregory Kitchen

THE PRESENTIAL WAVE 1980

The wavy movements and volume only to one side in this complicated cut by
Barbara Mesler of Vidal Sassoon’s New York Barber Shop looked best, she said,
when worn very natural, not too perfect.

A spot wave perm by Edward Moore was recommended at the time and Vidal Sassoon’s
Treatment Products won top votes for making the hair shinier and healthier.

The press release ended with:

“If you are politcal or apoltical, The Presidential Wave is nominated a winner.”

Hair: Barbara Melser, Vidal Sassoon Barber Shop, NY, 1980
Model: Burt Kyle
Jacket and Shirt: Thierry Mugler
Photo: Gregory Kitchen

Concept/Produced by Helen Oppenheim

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED © HELEN OPPENHEIM 2012

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