LISTICLE: 8 Times Katsuya Kamo Made History

The man who continued trends to the top (quite literally) hairdresser turned milliner-in-demand, Katsuya Kamo died earlier this month, leaving a trail of magic to marvel for decades on. In-demand not by racing carnival-enthusiasts and wedding lime-lighters, but the likes of Junya Watanabe, the late Lagerfeld and ever brooding, Haider Ackermann.

“No conversation was needed, no words,” Ackermann told Vogue.“Silently we would work harmoniously and I would observe where his artistic sensibility would bring me, [to] a perfect balanced world of grace and insanity. [He was] the best play companion one could dream [of].”

Like all fashion hair heroes, Kamo’s career begun in a salon (rural Fukuoka, Japan) before he worked for a top stylist and, as the story goes, landed in Paris. Upon returning to Japan, Kamo met Junya Watanabe and Jun Takashi of Undercover, commencing what would become two iconic, creative partnerships. Perhaps none other than Vivienne Westwood responsible for keeping the true spirit of punk alive, so much as Watanabe, and so Kamo dreamed up and delivered: Spikes of paper, face-obscuring wigs that kissed the floor and metal studded helmuts some of the first, defining moments.

For us, these are some of his most iconic … look carefully and you will see his craft has reverberated all the way down ,to Australia. A true influencer.

Katsuya Kamo for 7000 Magazine

More accessories than hair, Katsuya did it first.

Katsuya Kamo for Vogue Hommes Japan | 100 Headpieces

Vogue approved.

Katsuya Kamo and Junya Watanabe for Marie Claire | Photo by Yasutomo Ebisu

The colour and texture of birds will long serve inspiration for hair. Here done with taste, restriction and archival results.

Haider Ackermann, spring 2016 ready-to-wear

Making hair the highlight.

Katsuya Kamo for Some/Things | 100 Headpieces

Webbed perfection.

Junya Watanabe, fall 2003 ready-to-wear

The early years. How many packets of wefts did it take to make a runway statement in 2003?

Junya Watanabe, spring 2004 ready-to-wear

Punk architecture.

Undercover, spring 2005 ready-to-wear

When you can’t decide what hair you want to wear.