Alexander McQueen’s Maquillage Gets the Museum Treatment


Alexander McQueen has always crafted mesmerizing makeup that perfectly paired with the line’s confections. As “Savage Beauty” takes up residence at the Victoria and Albert Museum, the beauty looks are getting their own exhibit!

Aptly called “Warpaint: Alexander McQueen and Make-Up,” the London College of fashion will showcase the fashion house’s inspiration and methods behind the otherworldly beauty looks for the late designer’s runway shows. According to Women’s Wear Daily, the exhibit will spotlight makeup maestros like Sharon Dowsett, Val Garland, Peter Philips, and more and will move through themes like Amplified where the models features were distorted; Deviated, which focuses on body makeup; and Stripped, highlighting the line’s more refined looks.

The display will open April 30 and run through August 7 at the campus’s Fashion Space Gallery where patrons can try on three makeup looks, including the beautiful butterfly wing face paint from the La Dame Bleue show in spring 2008. Polona Dolzan, the show's curator, explained to Refinery 29. “Makeup — whether obscuring or revealing — was an integral part of the overall feel for each show…the beauty looks are so important, and in the scheme of a larger retrospective, intricately considered details like makeup may get a bit lost. The Gallery is a small space that's perfect for satellite exhibitions, as it can offer a different insight.”

We need to snap up a ticket across the pond ASAP!