A Big Loss To the Creative Community: Nagi Noda and A Look at Her Work.

animal hair hats by Nagi Noda IIHIH

The creative world lost a great talent last week. Sadly, Nagi Noda, the Japanese artist/designer/art director, (and most recently fashion designer) as well as the creator of hanpanda, passed away on Sunday, September 7, 2008. She was only 35.

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Nagi Noda (1973-2008)

Noda had experienced ongoing complications related to a bad car accident last year that resulted in chronic pain. The exact cause of death was not specified.

above: Hanpanda

Sheila Stepanek, CEO/EP Partizan US, who represented Noda, says that Noda passed “in her Mark Ryden dress, Chanel boots, perfect make-up with Viktor & Rolf lace black eye lashes.”

Noda was best known in the ad industry for her fantastic “Sentimental Journey” clip for Japanese pop star Yuki, which featured multiple “analog” clones of the singer and was featured in Saatchi’s 2006 New Directors Showcase.

Nagi Noda x Mark Ryden fashion collection

However, her recent fashion collaboration with artist Mark Ryden and her ‘hair hats’ are what I will always remember and if you never saw either of them, I’d like to share them with you here.

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Nagi Noda “Hair Hats”

Shot by photographer Kenneth Cappello this past April (shown seated below on the far right), her hair hats are hair shaped into various animals.

group shot IIHIH

animal wig IIHIH 1

animal wig rhino IIHIH 6

animal wig cow IIHIH 5

animal wig deer IIHIH 4

animal wig lion IIHIH 3

animal wig yorkie IIHIH 15

animal wig squirrel IIHIH 14

animal wig giraffe IIHIH 13

animal wig afghan dog IIHIH 12

animal wig walrus IIHIH 11

animal wig rabbit IIHIH 10

animal wig bear IIHIH 2

animal wig dog IIHIH 9

animal wig elephant IIHIH 8

animal wig fuzzy IIHIH 7

Her foray into fashion with Mark Ryden gave us some fabulous clothes and some unforgettable branding:

Most recently she collaborated with ultra popular artist Mark Ryden to come out with a clothing label named Broken Label, sold at Colette in Paris. Below are some of the pieces from their line:
nagi noda x mark ryden collab IIHIH

And some ads for the brand (note the meat on the floor on the ads – very Mark Ryden):

mark ryden and nagi noda

And here are some pics from her own online diary that break my heart:


See more of her work here. And her music videos here.

May she forever rest in peace.