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PARIS — Celebrity hairstylist Alexandre de Paris — known as the creator of “haute coiffure” and “prince of coiffure,” who counted Princess Grace of Monaco, Elizabeth Taylor and Sophia Loren among his clients — has died at the age of 85.
His death announcement was published Saturday in
Alexandre de Paris was born Louis Alexandre Raimon in 1922. At age 15, he began his hairdressing career at the Antoine salon in
Other clients included the Duchess of Windsor, Audrey Hepburn, Lauren Bacall and Greta Garbo. For
Especially known for his artistic chignons, Alexandre de Paris famously studded Jacqueline Kennedy’s updo with diamonds for a state dinner in
Alexandre de Paris also created hairstyles for fashion runway shows — notably Chanel’s and Christian Dior’s during the Yves Saint Laurent era, among others.
In 1952, Alexandre de Paris teamed with the Carita sisters to open shop on Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré. Five years later, his own salon, called Alexandre, made its debut some doors down, and in 1982, Alexandre de Paris opened a salon under that name on Avenue Matignon, where it exists today.
During his lifetime, the hairstylist was spangled with honors. He was made a knight of the Legion of Honor in
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