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Hairdressing greats pay tribute to Sassoon

Some of the country's most famous hairdressers have spoken of how Vidal Sassoon influenced their own careers.

As they arrived for a memorial service at St Paul's Cathedral today, John Frieda and Nicky Clarke paid tribute to him as a unique individual.

"He was a revolutionary. There is no doubt about it, the people that are around today, including myself, certainly owe a huge debt to him."

– Hairdresser Nicky Clarke

"I don't think there is anyone in our industry that has achieved what he achieved. He was a man that completely revolutionised the industry in a way no one else ever has."

– Hairdresser John Frieda

Vidal Sassoon was a London-born hairdressing pioner, who invented the "bob" hairstyle which epitomised the Swinging Sixties. Some of his most famous clients were designer Mary Quant, the model Jean Shrimpton and film star Terence Stamp.

He also turned his craft into a multi-million pound industry, creating a network of academies and lending his name to various hair products.

He died at his home in Los Angeles in May, aged 84, after a battle with leukaemia

Celebrities attend Vidal Sassoon memorial

A host of celebrities turned out today to pay tribute to hairdressing icon Vidal Sassoon at a special memorial service at St Paul's Cathedral.

Among those who attended were actor Sir Michael Caine, designer Zandra Rhodes, singer Toyah Wilcox and hairdressers John Frieda and Nicky Clarke.

Hairdresser Nicky Clarke arrives at St Paul's Cathedr
Hairdresser Nicky Clarke arrives at St Paul's Cathedral. Credit: Gareth Fuller, PA
Actor Sir Michael Caine outside the Cathedral.
Actor Sir Michael Caine outside the cathedral. Credit: Gareth Fuller, PA
Designer Zandra Rhodes arrives at St Paul's Cathedral.
Designer Zandra Rhodes also attended. Credit: Gareth Fuller, PA

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Hairdresser Vidal Sassoon has died

Hairdresser Vidal Sassoon died at the age of 84. Credit: Reuters

Tributes are being paid to Hammersmith born hairdresser, Vidal Sassoon, who has died aged 84 at his house in Los Angeles.

Seven years ago, London Tonight spent a week with the acclaimed hairdresser filming three features about his life.

From the East End, the War years in London to his swinging 60's Bond Street saloon, then back to London in the 90's.

He talked to London Tonight about why he loves London and why he moved back after 40 years to make the U.K. his main home.

Back in 2005, he spoke to hairdressing students on the programme and he talked to us about his iconic bob cut, that changed hairdressing and his life.

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