Forbidden Colors

In the world of dance few names resonate as deeply as Kazuo Ohno; the founder of Butoh revolutionized dance in and out of Japan by pushing artistic boundaries throughout his expansive career. With his precise movements and dramatic full-body makeup, Ohno’s distinctive visual signatures have also been a source of inspiration within the world of fashion. Image maker Barnaby Roper looks to Ohno in this inventive original beauty story for starring Chiharu Okunugi. With makeup artist Mariel Barrera, hair stylist Esther Langham and stylist Keegan Singh recreating Ohno’s stark look as Chiharu poses up a storm, the inventive story truly captures the spirit and feel of one of the true masters of movement.

Photography by Barnaby Roper (Cadence NY)
Model Chiharu Okunugi @ NY Model Management
Styling by Keegan Singh (New York: Streeters New York, Los Angeles: Streeters Los Angeles)
Hair by Esther Langham
Makeup by Mariel Barrera using Chanel
Manicure by Holly Falcone using Tom Ford Beauty
Producer Brie Walsh @ Cadence NY
Intro by Janelle Okwodu
Layout by Stephan Moskovic
Shot at Fast Ashley’s studio in Brooklyn

Cover photo: Bra – Kiki de Montparnasse | Eyeliner – Ligne Graphique De Chanel

Choker – Todd Thomas NYC Arm bands – Tableaux Vivants | High-waisted panties – Fleur du Mal | Eyeshadow – Illusion d’Ombre in Miririque

Judo belt (worn as top) – Early Halloween | Kimono – Fleur du Mal | Makeup – Chanel Le Blanc Pearl Light Loose Powder

Choker – Todd Thomas NYC band (worn across chest) – Todd Thomas NYC| High-waisted panties – Fleur du Mal | Makeup – Chanel Jardin de Camelias

Judo belt (worn as top) – Early Halloween | Lips – Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet Matte Lipcolor in La Favorite

Judo belt (worn as top) – Early Halloween | Makeup – Chanel Les Beiges

Judo belt (worn as top) – Early Halloween | Eyeshadow – Chanel Les Ombres Quadra Eyeshadow in Eclosion

Choker – Todd Thomas NYC | Makeup – Chanel Crayon Sourcils in Noir Cendre

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One Comment to “Forbidden Colors”

  1. Victoria Wilson says:

    Wow. Intriguing. I love the geisha face painting process.