Japanese hairstylist Shinji Konishi has always been drawn to the transformative quality of hair and make-up. “I’ve always liked anything with impact,” he says, “things that are strong and surprising. In the early days I was using a lot of grotesque elements in my works, like scars and other freaky stuff. Basically, I’ve always wanted to create things that are unusual.”
Konishi created his first ever animal headpiece, a wolf, following a request from a client on a shoot. The brief consisted of “one model with about a hundred different hair looks, three or four of which had to be very unusual,” he explains. He responded by creating a range of quirky one-off headpieces, shaped like fruit and animals.