7/15/2012

Job Offer from a Celebrity

I received a job offer from Ms. Marina Schiano last year. She wanted me to dress her in kimono for her own Christmas cards.

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.
http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m24cnotVm51qbv83so1_500.jpg

Ms. Schiano is also famous as a model for Andy Warhol. This link shows
Andy Warhol’s work featuring her.
http://www.christies.com/lotfinder/LargeImage.aspx?image=/lotfinderimages/d50259/d5025914x.jpg
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.

7/02/2012

Kimono for the Major Baseball League

In March I got a job offer from Major League Baseball (MLB). The offer was very unique. The MLB 2012 season opener was held in Japan and we were asked to dress 9 baseball fans who were chosen from 200,000 people in kimono, while they were watching the game at the MlB Fan Cave in NYC.

The game started at 7PM in Japan. Because there are 13 hour time difference between Japan and NYC, we had to get them dressed in kimono by 6AM EST. I had to wake up around 4AM and went to the venue by 5AM.

There were many TV screens added together to make sort of one big screen at the venue (MLB Fan Cave in NY).. There hung many bats and balls on the wall. the venue can make people excited even if they are not baseball fans.

I did not know anything about baseball, but Ichiro was on the big screen and it made me happy and proud. The Japanese baseball fans must have look forward to seeing the game as the game was played in Japan.

2 females and 7males elected from 200,000 MLB fans seem to have various events for MLB.

Many MLB related persons came to the venue.

After this event, the photo I appear in was uploaded on the MLB fan page at
http://mlb.mlb.com/fancave/index.jsp?content=photos&content_id=28985056#fbid=iUf0pkhDSAh
The photos remind me how the 9 fans enjoyed wearing kimonos.

It has been several months since the season opener. Yu Darvish is doing really well and Hiroki Kuroda in the NY Yankees is pitching consistently well. After this event, I began watching baseball games and now enjoy them.

I got a thank you letter from the MLB director, Jacqulyn. Major League Baseball seems like a fabulous world, usually totally unconnected from my daily life, but they posted our  photos, sent me a thank you letter which was very touching. I often think that people and people's hearts connect warmly through my with kimono.