Woman of Real Style
Madame Josephine’s, the hairdressing salon, has styled four generations of Adelaideans. Started in 1949 by Italian beautician Josephine Piazza, the salon originally was in the Theatre Royal on Hindley St.
It was renamed for its famous owner, relocated to Gilbert Pl and now Madame Jose-phine Hairdressers and Beauty Therapists is run by Josephine’s son George Piazza.
He says the word that best described his mother was “dynamic”.
“There’s a picture of her with Marlene Dietrich. From one doyen to another, (Marlene) respected Josephine,” he says. “There were two great ladies,”
He says the secret to her success was her “love of people and her craft”.
Josephine died in 1988, aged 77.
A bust of her is kept in the Mortlock library.
The Advertiser – Saturday, July 8, 2006