|Stylist Vidal Sasoon creating his signature bob on fashion designer Mary Quant|
Famed hairstylist and fashion icon Vidal Sassoon has passed away at his Mulholland Drive home in Beverly Hills, California. He was 84-years-old and had been battling an undisclosed illness, believed to be leukemia, since 2009. He died with family and close friends by his side.
The name Sassoon became forever associated with hair care when the English-born stylist opened his first hair salon in London in 1954. Along with fashion designers Mary Quant and André Courrèges, Sassoon helped created the "Mod"/Carnaby Street look of the mid-1960s, complete with Quant's hugely-popular mini-skirt designs, Courrèges' knee-high go-go boots and Sassoon's signature short, pixie-like bob hairstyle, made famous by English supermodel Twiggy and actress Mia Farrow.
Sassoon's chain of hair salons were highly successful, opening in cosmopolitan world capitals and drawing rich and famous clientele from around the globe. Famous clients would pay hefty fees to fly Sassoon in just to do their hair for an evening. His line of hair care products sold in the millions.
Sassoon was awarded a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) by Queen Elizabeth in 2009.
A film about his life, Vidal Sassoon: The Movie, was released in 2010. He is survived by his fourth wife Rhonda, two sons, Elan and David, and daughter Eden. Daughter Catya died of a drug-induced heart attack in 2002.