Antoine de Paris
|born on||24 December 1884 at 10:00 (= 10:00 AM )|
|Place||Sieradz, Poland, 51n36, 18e45|
|Timezone||LST m21e (is standard time)|
|Astrology data||03°01' 18°43 Asc. 01°49'|
Polish-French hairstylist, the world's first celebrity hairdresser when he opened the salon Antoine de Paris in Paris and became known as Monsieur Antoine.
He moved to Paris in 1901 where he worked in the salon at Galeries Lafayette. In 1904, he created a stylish coiffure for Lily de Moure when she lost her fashionable hat. When she appeared hatless on the arm of a royal prince, this caused a sensation and other fashionable ladies then wanted to have their hair styled by le petit russe (the little Russian).
He started a fashion for a short bob cut in 1909 which was inspired by Joan of Arc. He then introduced the shingle cut in the 1920s which became popular with daring young women — the Bloomsbury set and flappers. In 1924, he dyed his dog's hair blue. This blue hair was taken up by the first professional interior designer, Lady Elsie De Wolfe Mendl, which started a new fad. He created the iconic “garconne” hairstyle for the likes of Coco Chanel, Josephine Baker, and Edith Piaf. In the 1930s, he introduced blonde highlights and a style of upswept hair.
In 1924, he opened a salon at Saks Fifth Avenue in New York which became the most fashionable hair salon in America. The peak of Antoine's career was the coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in 1937, when he supervised 400 coiffures in one night.
After the death of his wife in 1973 Monsieur Antoine moved to his birthplace Sieradz, where he died on 5 July 1976.
Sy Scholfield quotes "Monsieur Antoine: Grand Maître de la Haute Coiffure française" by Hubert Demory (Editions L'Harmattan, 2006), p. 11: "Le 30 décembre 1884, selon le calendrier julien obligatoire sur les territoires russes, ou le 11 janvier 1885, selon le calendrier grégorien en usage en Pologne, Antoni Cierplikowski se rend à cinq heures l'après-midi à la mairie de Sieradz pour présenter et déclarer la naissance de son quatrième enfant, né à son domicile le 13, ou 24, décembre 1884, à dix heures du matin." This states that he was born on the 13th [O.S.] or 24th [N.S.] December but the 12th [O.S.] was actually the 24th [N.S.]. Anyway, the date is stated in his autobiography, "Antoine" (Prentice-Hall, 1945), p. 3: "I was born in Sieradz on Christmas Eve of 1884."
- Vocation : Misc. : Other Vocation Misc. (hairdresser)
- Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession