Deborah Sasso

Deborah Sasso is an Italian professional makeup artist and hairstylist.

Sasso had her start as a hairdresser in her native Ligury (Italy) and she then moved to Milan when she was just 17 years old to pursue her independence dream. She entered the fashion world during the Golden Age of Milan’s fashion system, working with photographers such as Helmut Newton and Giovanni Gastel.

Her work appeared in magazines under the agencies Condé Nast and Mondadori.

When she was a little girl, she wanted to be independent and have a job. Her mother was a tailor in Bordighera (Ligury, Italy) and next to her laboratory there was a hair salon. Sasso started working there on the weekends and during the Summer, because she wanted to learn how to do the job.

During Sanremo Film Festival, the salon was full of people from the Festival and a Rai (an Italian broadcasting company) Executive’s wife happened to be there too, suggesting Deborah to meet her husband in Milan. Once she met him, he wanted her to work for the company, but she already knew that wasn’t her path. She wanted a creative job, so the executive suggested her to attend a makeup course.

Since she had mixed competences, her photography professor asked her to join him on fashion shoots. There was a lot of work and in 1988 once she finished school, she already had a book. Sasso had different avenues she could pursue in front of her: Aldo Coppola or Beauty Contact; she chose the latter in order to gain some money and to make her dream come true: to move to Rome and work in the cinema industry. In the end, fashion won her over.

She credits her agency for the many opportunities she had, like traveling around the world and paint the faces of top models and celebrities like Sharon Stone and Cate Blanchett.

She is represented by T.W.A. Agency and you can find her portfolio HERE