With hair creations that have graced the covers and fashion spreads of top US fashion magazines like American Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, New York Magazine and The New York Times as well as the top fashion runways of leading fashion designers Jean Paul Gaultier, Oscar de la Renta, Comme des Garcons, Yohji Yamamoto, Donna Karan and Calvin Klein, Shunji Matsuo’s arrival into the Singapore market place in 1999, fresh from the fashion capitals of Japan, Europe and the United States, created a wave of excitement across the Singapore fashion scene.
Known on the international fashion circuit for his expertise and reputation as a much sought after hairstylist to celebrities and fashion personalities, Christie Brinkley, Gianni Versace, Jackie Onassis, Candice Bergen, Cher, Diana Ross and Brooke Shields – as well as being the personal hairstylist of fashion guru Donna Karan, Shunji Matsuo surprised and delighted fashion aficionados with his non-diva, personalised and practical approach to offering effortlessly stylish looks, that were versatile yet manageable, so that customers would have the confidence of looking good every day.
Born in Kobe, Japan, Shunji began his career in Osaka after graduating from the “Yamano Beauty School” where he worked for an exclusive membership salon called Rosemary. At the age of 21, Shunji was already the partner of a salon in Kobe.
His career in New York started as an assistant to Suga Yusuke, the renowned celebrity Japanese hairstylist of the 70’s and 80’s. During the course of his ten years there, Shunji builted up an impressive portfolio of prestigious clients and celebrities amongst whom included Donna Karan, Christie Brinkley, Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell and John Lone. As leading stylist with Suga, Shunji has also worked very closely with Richard Avedon, top fashion photographer for supermodels and TV celebrities.
Shunji further expanded his career as a freelance stylist in Paris and New York, working extensively with top cosmetic brands Elizabeth Arden, Covergirl and Clarion.
During his time in New York, Shunji was also the personal hairstylist for fashion guru Donna Karan and supermodel Christie Brinkley. He set up two popular midtown salons, Salon 3757 and Salon Ziba, before moving back to Asia.
Shunji Matsuo is a permanent resident of Singapore.
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