Hiyoko Odo is a Japanese Hair Stylist based in London, United Kingdom. Her work can be seen in magazines like i-D, Dazed, Vogue Japan, Re-edition, T magazine, Man About Town and GQ style UK, and in fashion shows in Paris, among many others.
Hiyoko Odo was born in Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi-ken, Japan. In March 2003 she graduated from Vantan Design Institute, Hair&Makeup department while a month later she was given private tuition with Yuzuru Miyazawa.
Two years later, in March 2005, she graduated from Yamano Beauty College, Correspondance course and she start working as a freelance hair artist after a term of assistant.
In February 2011, she finally moved to UK where she settled and growth as one of the most promising hair stylist in the fashion industry.
Using hair as a vehicle for storytelling, Kiyoko Odo’s work oscillates between futuristic minimalism to the mind-bogglingly insane. “I love creating something with hair and connecting with the person’s character and personality,” she explains. “I see so many incredible clothes in film and theatre which emphasise the character within the story. This is what I aim to do with hair.” Kiyoko’s colourful wigs and intricate hair sculptures have been featured everywhere from Vogue to Dazed.
She’s coiffed, preened, dyed and styled it, most recently lending her skills to Junya Watanabe’s spring/summer 2019 runway show, where she sent models down the catwalk with choppy bobs the colour of M&Ms.
Having skipped the salon and gone straight to assisting aged 19, Odo is fast making a name for herself in the industry, both on the runway and in the pages of magazines. Her highlight over the past year? “Shooting the cover for Dazed’s summer issue, the Vivienne Westwood special. It was such an honour to work with her, she has always been one of my heroes.”