John Barrett has spent the past two decades cultivating a high-profile client base, which includes top fashion editors, supermodels, and socialites, at his salon on the penthouse level of Bergdorf Goodman. Now he's curated a new book, in partnership with publishing house Assouline. For Hair, Barrett has compiled his favorite iconic hairstyles, many of which were seen on major cultural figures including Jean-Michel Basquiat, Brigitte Bardot, and Lynn Yaeger.
"For me, putting this book together was a dream that I didn't think would ever come to fruition," Barrett says. "I've been excited about hair since an early age and always curious about the changing fashions and what they represented."
Editing a definitive collection of hairstyles is quite the task, though. "There were so many looks and iconic images to choose from," Barrett recalls. "It was easier when it became more apparent that history and styles repeat many times with subtle variations."
Although the book touches on many different influential time periods, there's one decade that Barrett says was a turning point for hairstyles everywhere. "I truly think the early '60s revolution in hair was the most inspiring," he says. "From Vidal Sassoon's very architectural yet free cuts to the sensual styles of Jean Shrimpton and Brigitte Bardot, the 1960s provided a fresh change."
Here, Barrett shares eight of his favorite looks from the collection.