100 HEAD PIECES Katsuya Kamo – one of the few exhibitions this year which really knocked me down on my knees and it would be a big mistake not mention about it here. Most of all it was a great lesson of more than a decade of fashion history, showcasing head-dress-pieces Kamo san had created mostly for the shows of profilic brands such Undercover, Junya Watanabe, Mintdesign or Chanel to name few. It was a fantastic way to give back credits to Kamo san for all his little masterpieces he contributed to the image of the brands. And I need to admit that many of them I didn’t know were work of his. For example I have found felt-hair style-“hat” from Undercover collection about 10years ago which at the time I was convinced it was a hat indeed – I was even willing to purchase it when the collection hit the stores to find out, to my disappointment, that it was just a cat-walk piece. Or another one – beautifully carved in paper with amazing detail – a Chanel headpiece which Susie Bubble had ordered to wear in the illustrated story I did on her – SUSIE and UFO which she styled herself. So I was walking through the jungle of the head-masterpieces in the Laforet museum talking to myself “oh I know this”, “…and this one too” and “ that I remember as well…”. And all made me think that of course we all know that each brand and its show is a collective work of many talented people from stylists, make up artists, hair stylists to producers, sound people etc etc and all under the creative director `s eye to keep the brand image in the right place, but how little we actually know who are those amazing people behind the “vision”. Kamo san is one of those super exceptional examples of creators who actually and fortunately has become less anonymous. But that`s how the fashion and not only machine works. It reminds me one story I had heard from Stephen Jones at his lecture at Musabi Uni in Tokyo earlier this year – in the 80s he did designed the now-iconic-crown-hat for Vivienne Westwood show and apparently he had never heard from her since. Just few years ago when the book about Ms Westwood was published he found out that apparently the designer was pretty upset with him because he put his label on each hat she ordered – and for her it was the Westwood hat. The Fashion World. The Fashion Rules. And the Credits.
indeed UNDERCOVER a/w 2005 – I remember this perfectly – after the collection hit the store I had my very own trip to Dover Street Market in London with a big question: if they will be selling those felt ” hats ” – thought it was a genius idea to make “hats” out of felt in the shape of a hairstyle
romantic & ginger catwalks
… and now it`s time for CHANEL…
and that`s the hat Susie Bubble wished to wear for the illustration story I did on her back in 2009 – SUSIE and UFO
inspirations or rather 3d-sketches