Japanese Flower Artist Makoto Azuma Makes Rihanna's Headdreses For British Vogue September 2018


While social media obsesses over Rihanna's pencil-thin eyebrows, AOC is enchanted with Makoto Azuma's floral headpieces worn in her September 2018 British Vogue cover story. 

The Japanese flower artist arrived in London with just a pair of scissors in his kit. The lush, often rare botanicals that would become part of RiRi's headpieces were ordered in advance from London's New Covent Garden Market. 

“We became one,” Azuma says, of teaching the hair stylists teams of Isamaya Ffrench and Yusef Williams how to attach the flowers safely onto Rihanna’s head. Once the skinny brows and vinyl lips were complete, "Azuma swooped in to make the final arrangements to her facial bouquets," writes British Vogue.

There’s no typical day for the co-founder of Jardins des Fleurs, a flower atelier in Ginza, Tokyo. “Each work of mine focuses specifically on the flower itself,” he explains, of his creative process. “Instead of seeking for artistic expression, I spend some time face-to-face with the flower and try to listen to its voice. Then I proceed with thinking about which specific aspect of the flower I would like to show, and how to show it.”