He was a famous hairdresser known as Alexandre de Paris. He was born on December 6, 1922 in Saint-tropez, France.
At sixteen, in 1938, he began to work as an apprentice for Antoine de Paris in his salon in Cannes. He soon became the main apprentice of his mentor and in that same hall he met his wife Andrée Banaudi, with whom he stayed until his death.
In 1946 he became famous for the hairstyle ha made for Begum Om Habibeh Aga Khan for her marriage to Sultan Aga Khan III. In 1952 he opened a joint salon with the Carita sisters and five years later, in 1957, he opened his own salon in Paris, for which his friend, Jean Cocteau, designed his logo.
In 1982 he opened another salon in Paris.
His legacy was built over several years of career. Over the time he created different hairstyles, such as the beehive bun, immortalized by Audrey Hepburn; the short hair combed back and Elizabeth Taylor’s hairstyle in Cleopatra.
Some of his clients were: The Duchess of Windsor, Isabelle, Jacqueline de Ribes, Aimée de Heeren, Farah Diba, Gloria Guinness, Dolores Guinness, Queen Sirikit of Thailand, Frederica of Hanover, Princess Grace of Monaco, Audrey Hepburn, Lauren Bacall, Liza Minnelli, Shirley MacLaine, Greta Garbo, Maria Callas, Sophia Loren, María Félix, Banu Alkan, Arletty, Michèle Morgan, Romy Schneider and Amel Taourit.
He also worked with the fashion houses and their designers, such as: Coco Chanel, Yves Saint-Laurent, Hubert de Givenchy, Christian Dior, Karl Lagerfeld, Madame Grès, Pierre Balmain, Gianfranco Ferré Jean-Paul Gaultier and Thierry Mugler.
Alexandre passed away in January 3, 2008.
Bibliography: Allan, Georgina O’Hara; Enciclopédia da Moda: De 1840 À Década de 90: Companhia das Letras, 2010.