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Alexandre de Paris

Web Editor | July 10, 2011 | 8:20 PM
Alexandre de ParisAlexandre de Paris (deceased)
His Work:

The famed Parisian salon owner is known for his breath-taking updos, twists and chignons. He created looks for European royalty, society and celebrities, including Elizabeth Taylor, Greta Garbo and Sophia Loren. His elegance, taste and perfection continue to resonate today since his death in January of this year. An award-winning haute coiffeur, he created the runway looks for Yves St. Laurent, Gianfranco Ferre, Givenchy, Christian Lacroix and Karl Lagerfeld.

Why He's Influential: Alexandre guided thousands of hairdressers over several generations. Countless women, including celebrities and royalty, were proud to wear an Alexandre de Paris silhouette. His looks continue to live today at his Paris salon through the efforts of his team, who continue to teach his methods and looks to hairdressers around the world. In addition to his salon work, he was the president of World Federation of Hairdressing for 15 years and was awarded two "Oscars de la mode" in France.

Who He Has Influenced: "Alexandre influenced a whole generation of hairdressers in the art of hairdressing," says Richard Dalton,  famed British hairdresser, coiffure to the late Princess Diana and friend of Alexandre. "He was the reason I became a hairdresser. His interpretation of the French twist has never been equaled. He was a true master, the epitome of class and my idol."
 

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