Model: Manami Kinoshita. Hair: Tomihiro Kono

Tomihiro Kono In conversation with an otherworldly wigmaker.

Tomihiro Kono In conversation with an otherworldly wigmaker.

Issue 38

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Arts & Culture, Fashion

  • Words Selena Takigawa Hoy
  • Photograph Sayaka Maruyama

Personas 111

Wigmaker, hairstylist and head prop maker Tomihiro Kono is a master of disguise. His ethereal headwear has long been key to the visual identity of Comme des Garçons’ runway and has appeared on the covers of W, T Magazine and several global editions of Vogue. For all the razzle-dazzle of his astral creations, the artist himself is a reserved perfectionist. He spoke to Selena Takigawa Hoy about how a childhood on an orange farm made way for a career behind the scenes of the most glamorous shoots and shows in London, New York and Tokyo.

How did you become interested in hair and wigs?
I was born and raised in Ehime, Shikoku. My parents were mikan [orange] farmers. I am the oldest son, and by tradition, I was supposed to take over my parents’ job. But there was nothing as far as the ey...

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