TOMIHIRO KONO

HAIR & HEAD PROP ARTIST

ABOUT TOMIHIRO KONO

Tomihiro Kono started his career as a classically trained Japanese hair stylist. His passion for hair soon lead him to begin exploring more creative hair and head designs, leading to Tomi’s very own head prop designs.

In 2007 Tomi moved to London and branched into session styling, quickly shooting for Dazed & Confused, i-D, and 10 Magazine. He continued to exhibit his headpieces and began using these in his editorials, making bespoke pieces, which have been featured in many editorials such as Italian Vogue, French Vogue, and V Magazine.

In 2013 Tomi moved to New York and joined Julian Watson Agency. Since then Tomi has shot regularly for Teen Vogue, Interview, W Magazine, Dior Magazine, Numéro, Harper’s Bazaar, T: New York Times Style Magazine along side photographers Gregory Harris, Richard Burbridge, Ben Hassett, Kacper Kasprzyk, Santiago & Maruico, Roe Etheridge, Collier Schorr, Greg Kadel, and Tom Munro.

Tomi Kono has collaborated with leading designers such as Junya Watanabe, Derek Lam, Proenza Schouler, Jil Sander, FRAME Denim, and with stylists Ludivine Poiblanc, Marie Chaix, Havanna Laffitte, to name a few.

Tomi continues to push boundaries as an inventive and cutting edge hair and head props stylist.

 


 

NY COLLECTION PARIS COLLECTION
ISA ARFEN SS 2015
DEREK LAMResort 2015 resort collection
FRAME DENIM Fall/WInter 2014
AGANOVICH AW 2015-16
JUNYA WATANABE comme des garcons AW 2015-16
JUNYA WATANABE MAN comme des garcons AW 2015-16
JUNYA WATANABE comme des garcons SS 2015-16
JUNYA WATANABE MAN comme des garcons SS 2015-16
JUNYA WATANABE comme des garcons AW 2015
JUNYA WATANABE MAN comme des garcons AW 2015
JUNYA WATANABE comme des garcons SS 2015
JUNYA WATANABE MAN comme des garcons SS2015
JUNYA WATANABE comme des garcons AW 2014

 

 

HISTORY
1980  

Born in Ehime, Japan.

 
1998-2002   Working in hair salon in Takatsuki-shi, Osaka  
2003-2006   Working in hair salon in Harajuku, Tokyo  
2007 6 Moved to London after having worked in hair salons in Japan for 9 years
Started working as a session hair stylist.
While working for editorials and projects, started to make head props.
 
2009 9 Made some Indian head props and they were used for a launch party of album-release by Riceboy Sleeps (Jonsi from Sigur Ros and Alex)  
  9 Showcasing his head prop collection in a stall in Liverpool Street antique market.
     It was featured by Dazed and Confused.
 
  10 Window display of his selected head props in a boutique START in east London.  
  10 Bespoke head props for the performances in London and Paris for the conceptual band Irrepressibles  
  12 Directed the head props for the Cry Out world tour held in Tokyo, Austria, America and UK for the London-based charismatic young performance artists Theo Adams Company.
Worked as a hair stylist for the press release shot by David Sims,
 
  12 Joined Balcony Jump as a first hair and head prop artist  
2010 1 Photo exhibition of ‘Japan Avant Garde’ series (inspired by Japanese Geisha) in Claire de Rouen Books, Soho  
  2 Installation themed Assemblage during London fashion week  
  3 Cover / article in Australian International art magazine ‘Silvershotz’ as Neon O’clock Works*
(*Neon O’clock Works is a creative unit by Tomihiro Kono & Sayaka Maruyama started in 2005)
 
  3 Head Props were used for Italian Vogue shot by Steven Meisel  
  4 Designed bespoke head props for Theo Adams Company’s official video directed by Matthew Jones  
  4 Showcasing In Utero Collections at a boutique Machine-A  
  5 Head props used by a stylist Catherine Baba for a documentary film directed by Eva Ionesco
(a daughter of a photographer Irina Ionesco)
 
  5 Head props used for a shoot by Mario Testino  
  6 Bespoke head props for a German pianist Hauschka for his press photos.  
  9 Bespoke head props for a photographer/performer Wendy Bevan
Film screened in Rich Mix cinema
Also exhibited in Sub museum Tokyo
 
  9 The first own show titled ‘Déjà vu’ in London Fashion week in unique style composed of portraits, film and performance.
Photos and films were featured in so many magazines / online press.
 
  9 Photo exhibition of Déjà vu at a gallery in East London  
  10 Head props in stock at shops in London & Tokyo
London : machine-A, THE LAST TUESDAY SOCIETY , LUNA & CURIOUS , 125 LEDBURY ROAD,  START, NOT JUST A LABEL
Tokyo : CANDY, SISTER, SUB MUSEUM.
 
  12 Book exhibition of all the history 2005-2010 as Neon O’clock Works in Sub museum, Tokyo [12/16-26]  
2011 10 Regenerate Japan charity event (exhibition of collections & hair styling of the fashion show)  
  12 MNEMOSYNE collection 2011 12 Photo Exhibition of MNEMOSYNE @ Sister Tokyo  
2012 1 'NEON O'CLOCK THEATER' Photo & Installation Exhibitiona as NEON O'CLOCK WORKS @ Garter, Tokyo  
  4 'The Secret Museum by Neon O'clock Works @ Laforet Harajuku 2012 4 Produced THE SECRET MUSEUM in Harajuku, Tokyo (shop design)  
  4 shop direction & produce for THE SECRET MUSEUM  
  4 Limited period book shop 'Neon O'clock Library' @ Laforet Harajuku  
2013 8 Joined Julian Watson Agency NY  
2014 3 Hair & Head prop direction forJUNYA WATANABE comme des garcons aw 2013-2014 Paris Collection  
  6 Hair & Head prop direction for JUNYA WATANABE MAN comme des garcons ss2014-15 Paris Collection  
  9 Hair & Head prop direction for JUNYA WATANABE comme des garcons ss2014-15 Paris Collection  
2015 1 Hair & Head prop direction for JUNYA WATANABE MAN comme des garcons aw2014-15 Paris Collection  
  3 Hair & Head prop direction for JUNYA WATANABE comme des garcons aw2014-15 Paris Collection  
  6 Hair & Head prop direction for JUNYA WATANABE MAN comme des garcons SS 2015-16 Paris Collection  
  9 Hair & Head prop direction for JUNYA WATANABE comme des garcons SS 2015-16 Paris Collection  
2016 1 Hair & Head prop direction for JUNYA WATANABE MAN comme des garcons AW 2015-16 Paris Collection  
  3 Hair & Head prop direction for JUNYA WATANABE comme des garcons AW 2015-16 Paris Collection  
       
       
NEON O'CLOCK WORKS | EXHIBITION HISTORY
2004 12 "TIPSY DEEP SEA" at Art Bird Books (A gallery inside of Book shop), Tokyo   
2005 3 “Dressed/Naked" at Art Bird Books & CLUB WOMB,Tokyo  
  10 'hyp01'+'hyp02' Exhibition at Mysig, Tokyo  
2006 4-5 "KRAGENEIDECHSE" BOX INSTALLATION / MOVIE / PHOTO at Parabolica-bis galley, Tokyo  
  7-9 "KRAGENEIDECHSE" BOX INSTALLATION / MOVIE / PHOTO at süß museum, Tokyo  
2007 8 “The Room of Silence” at Claire de Rouen Books, London  
  9 “HYPNOTISM” at Soho Gallery, London  
  10 “BOOK EXHIBITION” At Book Art Book Shop, London  
  11 “KAFKA INTERNATIONAL LTD. A Competition for Japanese Artists” at AVA Gallery, London  
    “HYPNOTISM” at hair salon HAYATO. London  
    JAPAN AVANT GARDE PHOTO EXHIBITION @Claire de Rouen books, London  
    ASSEMBLAGE EXHIBITION DIRECTED BY NEON O'CLOCK WORKS SHOWCASING TOMIHIRO KONO HAEAD PIECES, London  
    NEON O'CLOCK WORKS COLLABORATION WITH WENDY BEVAN STARLESS NIGHT EXHIBITION @ SUB MUSEUM IN JAPAN  
    TOMIHIRO KONO 1ST SHOW DURING LONDON FASHION WEEK DEJAVU DIRECTED BY NEON O'CLOCK WORKS