When I first met her, I did not know her well. Afterwards I know that she was a top model who worked for Yves Saint Laurent. She later became a vice-president of Yves Saint Laurent US. This link shows a picture of Ms. Schiano’s back.
Ms. Schiano is also famous as a model for Andy Warhol. This link shows
Andy Warhol’s work featuring her.
She also appeared in Woody Allen’s movie, Stardust Memories. She has a lot of connections in the fashion industry and she is quite a celebrity.
The manager of Francois Nars, a founder of NARS Cosmetics, contacted me about this job. I felt honored to receive this job offer, because I was able to work with Francois Nars.
I was very excited for a chance to meet Mr. Nars. I didn’t know the model’s information beforehand. I had thought an ordinary model came into the shooting studio. However, when I arrived at the studio, I saw Ms. Schiano, who processes a strong aura, already starting with her makeup.
I had to leave by 1:30pm that day, because I have already had another job offer before I received this very important job from Mr. Nars. Thus, they decides to start this shooting at 9am for me.
In this morning, I said “hi” to Ms. Schiano, who was already in the studio. She held my shoulders tightly with both hands and asked me to stay until 3pm. Her intensity was so great that I almost nodded my head in agreement, but I frankly told her that I had a job for a wedding and need to take a train from Grand Central Station at 2pm. However, she again tested me by saying that she would let me use her car, but I responded her that whether I went by car or train, I need to go out of
the city so I would need to leave at the same time, 2pm.
Even though I didn’t know who this woman was with her strong presence, for private shooting, using Francois Nars at Pier 59 (A shooting studio in NYC, I came to this studio for a Version ad shoot.), I knew she is not an ordinary woman. I felt I had to tell her honestly what I could and could not do.
There was an atmosphere in the studio: “Oh my god, does this stylist know who she is dealing with!?” I don’t know why, but Ms. Schiano trusted me before we even met. While I was dressing her up, some staffs began talking to her and she told them to be quiet, so that I could concentrate on dressing her. She also said that the shoot would not be a success without me. I did not know how to react, but I promised her I would finish before 1:30pm.
A bit later, Mr. Nars came. I talked with him about what kind of ideas he had for the shoot with the resources available to him. I told him about the traditional Japanese makeup color scheme using Kabuki makeup as an example. He was listening with great interest.
Finally, I finished my part by 1:30pm and was able to go to the next job. Before I left, I thanked Ms. Schiano and she shook my hand with both hands and it was very memorable for me.
Her Christmas card has a title as a NARS’ project. I was credited as a kimono stylist and I got permission to use the photo in my portfolio after last Christmas.
I updated my portfolio with this photo. Below is the link to my updated portfolio: http://www.kimonohiro.com/fashion.html
There are more celebrities in NYC than I could imagine.
In this photo Mr. Nars is the one in front holding the camera, Ms. Schiano is the one dressed in the kimono and I am the one kneeing beside her.