Also known as Antoine de Paris or ‘Monsieur Antoine’. He was a very famous hairdresser that was born as Antes Cierplikowski, in Sieradz, Poland, in 1884.
He started working as a barber apprentice and trained to be a hairdresser with an uncle in Łódź. Soon after, he went to work for Pawel Lewandowski, Poland’s most famous hairdresser.
From 1902 to 1906, he worked for various salons in cities such as Paris, Biarritz, Cannes, Deauville, Nice and London, and ended up deciding to be fixed in Paris.
There is controversy about his inspiration for creating one of the most iconic haircuts in the history of hairstyles, the cut known as “Bob”. Some say it was brought up around 1910, when French actress Eve Levallière, then at age 40, went to Antoine for a haircut that would make her look like she was 18 years old for a role she had gotten. However, there is also a version that states the cut was inspired by the hairstyle of a girl with short hair and bangs who once entered the salon to deliver some letters. Others say that the hairdresser was inspired by Joan of Arc. He later created the “Shingle Bob” cut, a 1920s sensation, which was also known as the “Chanel” cut.
Thus, Antoine gained fame and success. He was invited for trips by the aristocracy of the time, and could charge around five hundred francs for a haircut, which today would cost about a thousand pounds.
In addition to the Paris salon on Rue Cambon in 1925, Antoine opened a salon in New York, which soon became one of the trendiest places in the city.
In the 1930s, he created a new trend by dyeing the brown hair of a client blonde. The peak of his career was when, at the coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, he had to supervise 400 haircuts.
In addition to producing cuts and hairstyles in his salons, Antoine also sold his own products.
Some of his clients were: Coco Chanel, Sarah Bernhardt, Queen Marie of Romania, Louise Brooks, Josephine Baker and Greta Garbo, Edith Piaf.
Antoine continued to work until his death in 1976.
Bibliography: Allan, Georgina O’Hara; Enciclopédia da Moda: De 1840 À Década de 90: Companhia das Letras, 2010.