British born Sassoon, who died of natural causes at his LA home, is widely recognised for revolutionising the world of hairdressing in the 1960s.
Born in Hammersmith, London on 17 January 1928, he and his younger brother moved to the East End after they were abandoned by their father. He was sent to an orphanage where he spent six years before being evacuated out of the city during the war. Aged 17 he returned to London where his mother took him to a barber shop in Whitechapel and insisted he was given an apprenticeship.
Sassoon went on to revolutionise hairdressing; he encouraged a generation of women to put down the rollers, forget about the fussy, bouffant beehives and embrace a modern, short haircut.
My idea was to cut shape into the hair, to use it like fabric and take away everything that was superfluous,' Sassoon said.
'Women were going back to work, they were assuming their own power. They didn't have time to sit under the dryer anymore.'
His ready-to-wear styles included his trademark geometric Five-Point cut, the Nancy Kwan, the 'Greek Goddess' and the bob, which he made popular again. Not only did he put the haircut, rather than the hairstyle back on the map with his mantra that to sculpt a head of hair with scissors is an art form. It's in pursuit of art, he was the first stylist to allow his name to be used on products and salons a popular practice in hairdressing now. He opened his first salon in Bond Street London in 1958, but admitted he didn't perfect his cut-is-everything approach until the mid-'60s.
His famous clients included Ava Gardner, Rita Hayworth, Elizabeth Taylor, as well as model Jean Shrimpton and Mary Quant who embraced the same vision for a simpler aesthetic in her fashion design. Sassoon famously cropped