For the month of May I am going to feature my series on the Asian mannequins that Rootstein produced.

This is Sayoko Yamaguchi who died in 2007 at the age of 57. A fashion article written in 2017 called her the Japanese model who transformed Fashion’s Beauty Norms.

You can read the entire article here,…/the-japanese-model-who…

She was one of the first Asian models to grace the Parisian runways.

The supermodel became a muse for Kansai Yamamoto, as well as fellow Japanese designers Kenzo Takada and Issey Miyake, and helped to embody a new wave of European appreciation for the Japanese aesthetic.

But it was not only Europe’s landscape that her image revolutionized so rapidly – Asia’s beauty standards were transformed too.

In the 60s, almost 50% of models used in Japanese advertising were non-Asian, and Shiseido, the country’s largest beauty conglomerate, used only half-Japanese models right up until their signing of Yamaguchi in 1973.+3

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