Vidal Sassoon’s HighHair Updo – 1980

Posted by on Mar 17, 2014 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

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



Posted by on Feb 21, 2014 in Helen's Blog | 1 comment

Corset scene "Gone With The Wind" - 1987!

Photo: © Geoffrey Hargrave Thomas

Inspired by a famous scene in the 1939 movie “Gone With the Wind” here is Scarlett O’Hara, the Southern Belle, getting dressed for the ball in this iconic Tara Collection from La Coupe in 1987.   Kim Lepine  attached ringlets to the mid-parted hair with flattering upswept sides.

The team left New York at 6 am for Connecticut to shoot this Collection (styled by a young but great Arianne Phillips, later Madonna’s famous fashion stylist) and arrived back in New York at 3 am.   Only regret, the nails in this photo are red!  Fiddle-De-Dee!

Hair: Kim Lepine, La Coupe, NY … Makeup: Honey Twigg … Fashion Styling: Arianne Phillips … Camisole Bloomers: Victoria Falls … Corset: Jean Hoffman-Joanna Starr … Model: Alayne/Zoli … Photo: Geoffey Hargrave Thomas.  Produced by Helen Oppenheim

For more from the Tara Collection, of which I am very proud:, scroll back and forth. click here


Oscar Hair Story, 4 photos from website – 2014

Posted by on Feb 6, 2014 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Oscar Hair Story, 4 photos  from website - 2014

Photo: Lorraine Sylvestre

As we near the Oscars, click on for a blog with Harold Leighton’s take on the state of hair today, in front of the camera and on the red carpet.  “Hair for Awards Season and Finding Our Way Back to Greatness” is his theme. He has selected 4 photos on from the 70s, ’80s and ’90s to help tell his story, click  –  for photos go to Page 2, click 

One of the four photos, shown here, is the Ritz Wrapz, by Antonio da Costa Rocha, La Coupe, 1977 … Makeup Ted Nadel … Photo: Lorraine Sylvestre.  Concept/Produced by Helen Oppenheim


Deconstructed Hair, Impressionist Face – 1983

Posted by on Jan 25, 2014 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Early Deconstructed Hair, Impressionist Makeup – 1983

Photo: © Lance Staedler

Deconstructed hair, so new-looking in 1983,  a bob, rising back off the face, by Dwight Miller with Luis Alvarez, for Zotos with Linda Mason’s impressionist art face, created for fun only, in about one minute at the end of the shoot. Collection shown with deconstructed fashions.    For more info on hair and makeup photos, click, scroll along

Hair: Dwight Miller, Luis Alvarez, Zotos International, 1983 … Makeup: Linda Mason … Model: Danielle Carbonneau …Photo: Lance Staedler … Produced by Helen Oppenheim


Vidal Sassoon Adds A Queue – 1980

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

Photos: Lorraine Sylvestre ... Collage:

Photos: Lorraine Sylvestre … Collage:

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


John Sahag Sideburns – 1985

Posted by on Jul 12, 2013 in Helen's Blog | 1 comment

John Sahag Sideburns - 1985

Photos: Bruno Juminer

This Collection, created for the John Sahag Workshop Launch in 1985,  was all about the sideburn – double and even triple sideburn effects.

“I find sideburns are a wonderful detail,” said the legendary hair icon, “they have their own charm and beauty to accentuate a cheekbone and define a look.”   This was the beginning of long hair coming back in fashion.  “People want to see a change and life is about change,” Sahag said, “feelings and sensitivity are always in motion, and so it should be with hair.”

There’s more sideburn styles, must-see amazing how-to’s and wonderful words  to read in this iconic album.  Go to HairThen, John Sahag, Press Photos on

Hair: John Sahag, John Sahag Workshop, NY … Makeup: Linda Mason … Model: Constance Chapman … Photo: Bruno Juminer.  Produced by Helen Oppenheim


Antonio Lopez – 1980

Posted by on Jul 3, 2013 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Antonio Lopez - 1980

Illustration: © Antonio Lopez


New album, just up.  I love love love this Antonio Lopez illustration for a Nihon, Vogue, Japan cover, Spring/Summer 1980.  Love the hair, the face, the illustration.

Antonio Lopez (1943 – 1987) was a major American fashion illustrator who was very into hair and art.  There had been no one like him before, and there has been no one like him since.

I did my first Peluquerias Magazine column on him, in 1982, several pages, each illustration a separate page from the book, “Antonio’s Girls” (pub by Congreve, text by Christopher Hemphill) – the girls being Pat Cleveland, Grace Jones, Tina Chow, Jessica Lange, Jerry Hall and more.

My heart still goes –flutter when I look at his beautiful illustrations, They maybe retro now, but they look very modern and still inspire me.
For more of the girls, Antonio and the book, see Icons on

Illustration: © Antonio Lopez
(There is a new book just published in 2012, Antonio Lopez: Fashion, Art, Sex and Disco by Roger Padiha and Mauricio Padiha, published by Rizzoli.)



Vidal Sassoon’s HighHair, Mimi – 1980

Posted by on Jun 27, 2013 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Vidal Sassoon's HighHair, Mimi - 1980

Photo: Lorraine Sylvestre

Do you know your hair history?  Soft waves and curls rose above it all for cloud-like, romantic, dreamy looks in this HighHair version by A. Vernon Keach, Vidal Sassoon NY, in 1980.

“Hair will be high on top for the 80s,” predicted Vidal Sassoon, and it was.  Hair had not been high for an era and HighHair, a new direction for Sassoon, influenced hairstyles world-wide in the 80s and beyond.  Months of experimentation went into this Collection photographed with a surreal theme.  The innovative cuts and perms were done with the clients heads upside down.  There was not teasing.  I invented the name HighHair, later much copied!

 For full credits, how-to’s, more versions, anecdotes, go to HairThen, Vidal Sassoon, HighHair on

Hair: A. VernonKeach, Vidal Sassoon,  NY, 1980 … Perm: Allie Galizia and Edward Moore … Clouds: Ansell Adams … Art: Avram … Model: Mimi Young… Photo: Lorraine Sylvestre … Concept/Produced by Helen Oppenheim