30 April – 7 August 2015
This exhibition focused on Alexander McQueen’s catwalk make-up and coincided with the major retrospective of his work, Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty at the V&A. It aimed to unravel the process and inspirations behind the collections by exploring key looks developed by McQueen’s most trusted make-up artists through three recurring themes. Amplified, where facial features are obscured and exaggerated. Deviated, where make-up goes beyond the traditional areas and covers other parts of the body and Stripped, where the look is so subtle it intensifies the meaning of the collection.
The exhibition also explored make-up digitally, working with digital creative studio Holition, visitors were able to try-on a few select looks in a specially created app, using Holition’s new ‘FACE’ technology. In addition, a newly commissioned projection mapping display featured make-up looks that have undergone a transformation through the duration of the catwalk presentation.
Central to the exhibition space was a studio environment, which acted as the activation space for the extensive programme planned for this exhibition. It hosted masterclasses, talks and demonstrations.
Special thanks to Denise Redd and students of the LCF BA Hair, Make-Up and Prosthetics for Performance.
Warpaint: Alexander McQueen and Make-Up was curated by Polona Dolzan and commissioned by Ligaya Salazar.