If you are stuck for something to do this weekend (and happen to live in Tokyo) you could do an awful lot worse than heading into La Foret in Harajuku to check out the new exhibition by Shinji Konishi – probably best known in the west for sticking some pretty funky stuff on Lady Gaga’s head. His new work, of which at least 30 are on display, is inspired by the ouvre of Japanese anime to ring the changes from his previous (and exceptional) bestial work. I would probably put him as a designer in the same category as Tomihiro Kono and Joji Kojima, as people who make work that is on that line of being technically wearable, but only just. Still, it is at the very least a lot of fun and whether you view this as hair-pieces or as art, what you cannot deny is that he takes hair styling to its most extreme conclusion:
Continue reading for my picks from his current and back catalogue, and if you are around in Tokyo you have until monday to take it all in…
Akira Toriyama’s work brought to life is even more surreal than the creepiest of kigurumi!
Love the Time Bokan t-shirt on this one as well as the thoroughly disconcerting facial proportions.
A classic creation which always reminds me of English Victorian-era taxidermy hair-pieces.
Cute and creepy in equal measures…
Of course this is not the first time Shinji Konishi has collaborated with La Foret. He has appeared in a wealth of their campaigns to date, always with an eye on the uncomfortable and uncanny.
And he has been on my radar for some time as having styled for Julius with equally impressive results.
These were created with the sadly departed artist Nagi Noda who was a frequent collaborator with Shinji Konishi.
They were made using a complicated mesh that the hair is meticulously weaved through to give it a constant form while still looking uncannily natural.
And I could not resist a picture of ol’ Gaga with one perched on top of her head looking suspiciously like she has not noticed it is there…
I think we can all agree that this in one talented sylist/artist and you can actually go to the hairdressers where he is based if you would like his magic worked on you in person – you know you want to.