Who is your hair icon? Back in 1987, around the time I left Paris, I saw a photograph of the back of a woman’s head, really really beautiful, which was actually the inspiration for Bumble & Bumble, we essentially based the whole brand on this image. It was just a very simple, almost liquid looking hairstyle. I did a bit of research and found out it was by a hairdresser called Antoni Cierplikowski, better known now as Antoine de Paris. He was a Polish hairdresser who moved to Paris in 1901, and became the king of French hairdressing. To me he was the original punk rocker. He would dye his hair blue, dye his poodles blue to match, he designed a car, apparently he even slept in a glass coffin!
His clients included really iconic women such as Coco Chanel and Brigitte Bardot. He was really the first guy to commercialise a bob, because before that the bob haircut was usually done on children, it was a young kind of look. He was so important to French hairdressing, and to hairdressing overall, an absolutely outrageous and fearless hairdresser. He’s continued to be a huge inspiration to me, ever since the day I saw that photograph.