The exhibit boasts a hairpiece worn by Grace Kelly, created by Alexandre de Paris, and a lock of Napoleon’s hair, in addition to numerous objects from ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome. The inaugural evening was graced by the presence of, together with Raffel Pages naturally, Maya Picasso, the daughter of the Cubist artist, and Nicolas Hieronimus, world chief executive of L’Oréal Produits Professionnels. “I adore the world of hairdressing,” said Maya Picasso “and I love talking to the masters of this trade, like Antoine and Alexandre, who were the first to cut my hair and create a style for me that I kept for many years. Both my father and I had unruly hair and it was not easy to tame it.
Maybe this is why I feel a particular bond with this universe. The world of hairdressing is a world that had always fascinated both my father and my mother, and I still keep – with much love – a lock of my father’s hair.” Nicola Hieronimus has emphasised the managerial skills of Raffel Pages, who over the years has succeeded in creating a company of international dimensions, but also his passion that brought him, with an incredible historical and scientific discipline, to create this collective archive of the art of hairdressing, granting it an important and prestigious venue.