Nagi Noda is one of those artists that never had trouble thinking outside of the box (and by box I mean a fun house in the shape of a giant poodle). I stumbled across one of her hair hats by accident and couldn’t look away. Not only are they outrageous but these hair sculptures are a fine example of uniquely beautiful art with a sense of humor. I can only imagine how the photographer must’ve directed these models, shouting things like “You’re an animal…an ANIMAL! You’re a lion…BE THE LION. Now growl at me with your eyes.”
It’s a tragedy that Noda died on September 7, 2008 after surgical complications from injuries sustained in a traffic accident the previous year. She was only 35 years old. Not only was she known for her Hanpanda life-sized figures and fashion label titled Broken Label (a collaboration with Mark Ryden), but she directed music videos for bands like Scissor Sisters, made short films (one of which featured exercising poodles), completed projects for Nike & Coke, and created CD jackets/magazine pages involving unusual perspectives of fruit, dinner plates and more hair. R.I.P. the beautiful mind of Nagi Noda.