Vidal Sassoon’s Queue 1980

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 Vidal Sassoon's Fencers- 1980

Photo (from laser copy) by Lorraine Sylvestre

Wishing the US Fencers at the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil good luck as they lunge, parry, and allez. Which brings to memory, the 1980 Vidal Sassoon Queue Collection, photographed with a fencing theme.   The hair, not for actual fencing, was romantic, the shirts had frills and ruffles, very new that season, and short hair was made long in a flash, with one movement, for her and him, using an all-in-one hair ornament invented by Avram of the Vidal Sassoon New York Salon. More from the collection, click HERE 

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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Chic Hair Look Inspired by Soft Cubism – 1979

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Chic Hair Look Inspired by Soft Cubism – 1979

Photo: © Lorraine Sylvestre

From Vidal Sassoon’s 1979 Soft Cubism collection, this Sassooning for Evening chic look by Avram of Vidal Sassoon. NY, was inspired by the graphics of cubism.  The snake charmer of black plexi waves diagonally through the hair. A veil tilts over one eye, at a rakish angle, asymmetrically. Rhinestones add glimmer and glitter. The glamorous hair is rolled under and forward to frame and flatter the face with an asymmetric rolled under fringe slanting up an don the forehead ending in a futuristic feather affect. For more Sassooning for Evening and the Soft Cubism Collection, click HERE

Hair:   Avram, Vidal Sassoon, NY, 1979 … Makeup:     Ted Nadel … Dress:  Sylvana Malta for Lux International … Model:   Kimberli of Elite/John Casablancas … Photo: Lorraine Sylvestre.       Concept/Produced by Helen Oppenheim

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Memories, Vidal Sassoon – 1979+1980

Posted by on May 20, 2015 in Helen's Blog | 4 comments

 Memories, Vidal Sassoon – 1979+1980

Photo: © Lorraine Sylvestre

Memories.   From my Vidal Sassoon days as PR and Creative Director of the Vidal Sassoon Salons in the US and Canada. Left, Mary Lou Green, a New York Salon Art Director with a vivid imagination, in action doing her Laser Haircut in Las Vegas, 1979. This story made People Magazine and would have made more media but we only got permission to do it the last minute when Lloyds of London agreed to insure the $9,000 haircut which Mary Lou did on a live model with Dr. Alex Jacobson, a Laser Beam expert and another laser expert, I think,  from Hughes Aircraft.   This article is probably from Modern Salon, but not 100% sure.

The large photo shows Avram of Vidal Sassoon New York, exhausted after The Queue Photo Shoot in 1980. It had been a long day with clients until late and the shoot went on way into the night and the early morning hours.
Photo: © Lorraine Sylvestre

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The Queue, Vidal Sassoon – 1980

Posted by on Apr 30, 2014 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

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 Lost Photo – 1979

Posted by on Apr 1, 2014 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Photo (laser copy) : © Tseng Kwong Chi

Photo (laser copy) : © Tseng Kwong Chi

Memoribilia. This image is from a poor quality laser copy.  It is from the first shoot I did at Vidal Sassoon, in 1979.  The hair featured a short cut and an interesting, exciting rhinestone visor for nights out, created by Avram.  (There were more photos of the hair but the quality of the copies  I  have are too poor to reproduce.)  The photograph was by Tseng Kwong Chi  (1950 – 1990) before he was famous.  I remember we worked on the lighting for about 5 hours before we did a shot!  He went on to become very famous, and still is today, even with a short 10 year career,  published in all the major magazines and his self-portrait series, East Meets West, is in art galleries.   Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Jean-Michael Basquiat, Madonna and Grace Jones are just a few of the famous he photographed.  I had worked with him earlier, in Canada, when he has known as Joseph Tseng, but that’s another story … For more on the photographer, click http://www.tsengkwongchi.com/bio.html

Hair Accessory: Avram, Vidal Sassoon, NY, 1979 … Makeup: Anita Fontana …
Photo: Tseng Kwong Chi.

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Vidal Sassoon’s HighHair Updo – 1980

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Vidal Sassoon's HighHair Updo - 1980

Photo: Gérard Gentil

This is Tom Principe’s asymmetric up version from the romantic, dreamy and innovative HighHair Collection created in 1980 at the Vidal Sassoon NY Salon.

There was no teasing, two rats were placed inside the hair, which could be worn as high or low as one liked, asymmetric or simply going up high, as here.  For more on this, including an Anecdote and more HighHair inspiration from the famous collection, click here

Hair: Tom Principe, Vidal Sassoon NY, 1980 … Makeup: Ted Nadel … Clouds: Ansell Adams … Art: Avram … Collage: Jan Kosarin of Norman Kosarin, Inc. … Model: Vivienne … Photo: Gérard Gentil

Concept/Produced by Helen Oppenheim

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Vidal Sassoon Adds A Queue – 1980

Posted by on Jan 24, 2014 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Photos: Lorraine Sylvestre ... Collage: helenoppenheim.com

Photos: Lorraine Sylvestre … Collage: helenoppenheim.com

In 1980, short hair went long and romantic in a flash. With The Queue.  Invented by Avram for Vidal Sassoon NY, the all-in-one-hair ornament, which included a brushed gold bow covering a ponytail, was clipped on to short hair with a flirty kiss curl on the forehead in one simple movement.   For more info and more for her and him, click

Hair/Queue: Avram, Perm: Edward Moore, Vidal Sassoon, NY, 1980 …  Model:Lynn Snowden (Freelance  Journalist/Author) … Photos: Lorraine Sylvestre … Produced/Collage by Helen Oppenheim

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Vidal Sassoon The P-P-Puff – 1981

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Vidal Sssoon P-P-Puff - 1968

Photos: Lorriane Sylvestre

VIDAL SASSOON THE P-P-PUFF – 1981

Big,  soft, sexy, all-over volume injected with a healthy dose of fresh … air.  By Avram, Art Director, Vidal Sassoon, 1981.

First, a superb precision cut and healthy hair, said Avram, who took precision cutting a step further, with the formality gone and  hair freed of its solid form, with no hard edges. This was a new silhouette at the time and worked well with long curly hair.  More cut/styling info on HairThen, Vidal Sassoon, P-U-F-F on www.helenoppenheim.com

Hair: Avram Vidal Sassoon, NY, 1981 … Makeup: Mariella Smith-Masters, Beauty Bookings …  Bustier: Perry Ellis … Model: Meggan… Photos: Lorraine Sylvestre … Produced by Helen Oppenheim

 

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