Vidal Sassoon HighHair Collage – 1980

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Vidal Sassoon HighHair Collage - 1980

Photos: Lorraine Sylvestre … Collage helenoppenheim.com

1980. A memory.  Some of the photos from Vidal Sassoon’s famous inspirational influential HighHair Collection.  At the time, fashion hair was not high.  Having hair rising up on top was new. The concept for this collection was mine and some big talents at the Vidal Sassoon New York Salon in the General Motors Building in NYC helped make it happen. To see each photo bigger, more HighHair, to read the whole story, click HERE

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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’s HighHair, Mimi – 1980

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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 www.helenoppenheim.com

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

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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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Magritte-Inspiired Vidal Sassoon HighHair – 1980

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Magritte-Inspiired Vidal Sassoon HighHair  1980

Photos: Lorraine Sylvestre

The Museum of Modern Art will be inspiring the fashion and hair worlds with Magritte: The Mystery Of The Ordinary, 1926 -1938, the first exhibition to focus exclusively on René Magritte’s breakthrough surrealist years.  The exhibition opens in New York on September 28, 2013, before traveling to Houston and Chicago in 2014.

Magritte inspired Vidal Sassoon New York In 1980 – with these versions of romantic, dreamy HighHair, by Graham Wren, photographed with some Magritte-like clouds and curtains, designed by Avram.   Apologies to  René Magritte’s “Le Beau Monde” (“High Society”) created in 1960 (not the exhibition’s time frame) but we thought any Magritte is motivational.   For more surreal hair, go to HairThen, Vidal Sassoon, HighHair, on www.helenoppenheim.com

Hair: Graham Wren, Vidal Sassoon, 1980 … Makeup: Ted Nadel … Dress: Patrick Wise … Model: Vyctoria … Photos: Lorraine Sylvestre … Art Director: Avram … 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 HighHair 1980

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1 HighHair 1980

Photo: Lorraine Sylvestre

HighHair -Mimi

Hair will be high on top for the 80s, predicted Vidal Sassoon USA, and it was.

Hair was not high on top during this era, so HighHair, a new direction for
Vidal Sassoon, and everyone, became the look to influence hairstyles in the
80s, and beyond.  The publicity was enormous, and this campaign really put
Vidal Sassoon USA on the hair map. (Up to this time, all Vidal Sassoon trends
came from the UK.)

Months of experimentation went into perfecting the techniques to achieve
height and volume on top – with no teasing, a big no-no at Sassoon!

The innovative cuts and perms were often done on clients with their heads upside down!
To achieve different textures and effects, HighHair could either be
dried naturally with lamps or fingers, blown dry, finger-waved or wave clipped.

The soft waves or soft curls rise above it all for  cloud-like, romantic, dreamy looks.

Hair:         A. Vernon Keach, Vidal Sassoon, NY, 1980
Perm:       Allie Galizia and Edward Moore
HairCare:  Vidal Sassoon Treatment Products
Makeup:    Ted Nadal
Clouds:      Ansell Adams
Art:            Avram
Model:       Mimi Young
Photo:        Lorraine Sylvestre

Concept/Produced by Helen Oppenheim

Anecdote: HighHair was a name I invented and one that many copied!

Anecdote: To inspire the Vidal Sassoon hairdressers to come up with high hair cuts, I made
collages of high hats and evening styles high on top, mostly from Italian Vogues,
and put them up on staff room walls.  Vernon Keach was the first to come to me with an
idea for the haircuts, and I remember we did sketches on my office lightbox together.
I still have them, a bit the worse for wear but if anyone is interested let me know and I
will put them up on this album.

Note: there is different text under each photo.

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED © HELEN OPPENHEIM 2012

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2 HighHair 1980

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2 HighHair 1980

Photo: Lorraine Sylvestre

HighHair – Mimi

The soft waves or soft curls rise above it all for  cloud-like looks.

HighHair cuts and styles in these photos were pulled out or up to different
degrees of “highness.”  Less for day. More for evening.  Or to one side, asymmetrically.

Hair: A. Vernon Keach, Vidal Sassoon, NY, 1980
Perm: Allie Galizia and Edward Moore
HairCare: Vidal Sassoon Treatment Products
Makeup:   Ted Nadal
Clouds: Ansell Adams
Art: Avram
Model: Mimi Young
Photo: Lorraine Sylvestre

Concept/Produced by Helen Oppenheim

Anecdote:  Vernon wanted to cut the sides short.  I wanted the look to be soft
and romantic.  He said, it won’t work if we don’t cut the sides short.  I said it will
and that I refused to photo his style if the sides were cut short. Think about it overnight,
I suggested. He did. And we left the sides long.  It worked as can be seen in these photos.

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED © HELEN OPPENHEIM 2012

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