"I began on Bond Street in London's Mayfair and I spent five years there with Mr. Sassoon. He was 'The Godfather' of modern hair styling," says Field.
Field was a mere sixteen when he became Sassoon's youngest stylist. He worked alongside Vidal on hair styles for Paris and Rome fashion shows and with top models including Jean Shrimpton and Grace Coddington, who is today the Creative Director for American Vogue.
"It was an incredibly exciting time. We Baby-Boomers were beginning to make our mark on hair, fashion and music. It was a huge explosion called 'London's Swinging Sixties.' It was a period of optimism, hedonism and cultural revolution. It was Carnaby Street clothes, Mods, 'Twiggy', The Who, The Kinks, Pirate-Radio, the Mini car and the Mini skirt," said Field.
At seventeen, Field created the 'Square-Curls' hair pieces, which became an iconic image for Sassoon.
"Learning my trade with Vidal was as good as it got. In those days if you were at Sassoon, you were 'it,” says Field.
In 1969, the sexual, musical and social revolution culminated with 'Woodstock,' a three-day musical festival in upstate New York that became the benchmark for a generation evoking social and cultural change. Then in his 20's, Field went to the historical event and appears in the 1970 documentary film.
"Culturally, Woodstock was a game-changer. It ended the 1960's with a bang. Seeking change in the late 1960's I moved to Montreal and operated salons there for a decade, then spent two years 'on-the-road' as a platform-artist, styling hair at conventions and conferences, before a large Midwestern chain of hair salons and beauty schools brought me to the United States as their 'Styles-Director,'" says Field.
Professional opportunities brought Field to Los Angeles in 1980, a time when hair styles became the fashion accessory for self-expression with outrageous color and cuts becoming the norm.
"I was in the right place at the right time. In the 1980's, L.A. was the place for music and to be a hit in music, you had to have the right hair. That's where I came in. It was big fun."
For twelve years Field owned and operated two salons which became L.A.'s best-known establishments for Punk, Mod, New Wave, Valley Girl and Rocker styles. Field offered punk-culture and rock 'n' roll styles for young trend setters, up and coming musicians and established rock stars including Billy Idol, Adam Ant, Alice Cooper and Guns N' Roses. During that period, Field also styled Michael Richards’ iconic hair style for Richards’ role as Kramer in the popular television series “Seinfeld.”