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.

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  2. Lisa says:

    Holy moly. I’d seen some of the animal hair bits before and can’t be anything but impressed with the intricacy and amount of detail put into them. The bear and birds’ nest piece is stunning.

    And I must say…I’d love to try the lion one. 😉

    As for the newer, anime faces on real bodies… I’d say it creeps me out a bit, but somehow it feels hypocritical, given that I look quite similar (sans funky hair though) when I’ve accidentally entered the “Bambi/Disney eye” purikura machines… Very scary indeed. ^^;

  3. Tokyo Telephone says:

    Tell me about it, those purikura machines do some seriously odd stuff to western eyes…

    As for the animal hair pieces, I just like how they literally make human hair into animal fur. Thoroughly disconcerting all round!

  4. Mutsumi says:

    Oh wow….! He really seems like a very interesting designer!!!
    Going to google him, haha ♥ Love the way he presents that bow

  5. Lisa says:

    Yeah… I think I’m going to have to tone down my make up for the bambi purikura things – I just aggravated the weridness even more. o.O (Those pics will be coming up next week – I like giving people a good laugh. :P)

    Yes!! Gotta love it! 😀

    I actually had a peek at the salon… tempted to do one of my classic “ok, this is what my hair is like… now do what you will, just don’t dye it red” numbers. Hmm, will have to depend on how my TKY job hunt goes. 😉

  6. Tokyo Telephone says:

    Good luck with the job hunt – in my experience going to a “networking nomikai” will get you results and feedback fastest (just wait for everyone to have a couple of drinks first…)

    BTW we might get some of our Purikura up soon as well…

  7. Lisa says:

    Oh, thanks for the tip! ^^
    Will keep that in mind and hunt some down. ;P

    Oooooh looking forward to it! 😀

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  9. trashtastika says:

    I’ve seen a number of these pieces before, and LOVE them!! Amazing, disconcerting (as you say) hair. Why shouldn’t hair be art?

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