Obsessions

Beautiful Streets: Teiji Utsumi

“I am always fascinated with people’s backs. I like to walk and we can spend a lot of time walking behind people. I’m always curious to what the face might look like in comparison to the back. I thought it would be interesting to explore this with wigs. I walked around town and asked people on the street to put on different wigs with the same outfit. Shooting became a live experience, and so using wigs worked really well.”

Hair and Wigs
TEIJI UTSUMI

Beauty Papers: What was the last beautiful thing you saw?
Teiji Utsumi: Last week I went to see Nan Goldin’s Ballard of Sexual Dependency at the Tate Modern. I was really inspired by the way she has documented subcultures and the intimate details of her life and those living around her.

BP: Tell us one of your favourite hair techniques.
TU: The finger wave, it is almost a sculptural

BP: Current kit hero product?
TU: Bumble and Bumble’s thickening Spray. This has been my go to product for nearly 10 years.

BP: Do you have a favourite hair gadget?
TU: The Chopstick, it can be very useful with more classic hair styles such as french rolls!

BP: What does the word glamour mean to you?
TU: Dreamy, beautiful.

BP: What is your first memory of glamour?
TU: It was really long time ago, when I was a kid. I went to see a Rei Kawakubo exhibition. It shocked me. The shapes, colour, music, her clothes and her philosophy! It was really motivating.

BP: What is the future of glamour?
TU: Something timeless but not in the traditional sense or what we would suggest as glamourous now. We are now creating new beauty ideals and images for a new generation, I hope future talent
will eventually take what we have created as their references and inspiration.

BP: Living, dead, real or imaginary … who has the best hair-do?
TU: Mary Quant with her Vidal Sassoon five point bob.