London College of Fashion Pays Tribute to Alexander McQueen

Following the highly-anticipated opening of Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty in London, The London College of Fashion is holding an exhibit celebrating the looks and fantastical theatrical make-up that was part of the late designer’s vision and shows.

Called “Warpaint: Alexander McQueen and Make-Up,” the show will be held from 30 April at the London College of Fashion’s Fashion Gallery Space and will showcase the work of various makeup artists, such as Sharon Dowsett, Val Garland, Peter Philips and Topolino, who worked with the designer on his vision. “It had to be absolutely specific, he knew when it was just right, when it came as near as possible to his own vision of the look. There was no right or wrong, just his vision,” said Garland of the process of working on the shows.

As well as focusing on 22 looks from McQueen’s runways, the gallery has also partnered with Holition, a London digital creative studio, to allow visitors to virtually embody some of the trends themselves. These include the smudged mascara from his spring 1998 show “Untitled” and the clown makeup from in his fall 2001 show, “What A Merry Go Round.” Polona Dolzna, curator of the show, comments that McQueen had a “completely open attitude towards experimentation allowed for his make-up team to test, innovate and push the boundaries of their discipline. All avenues were pursued to achieve the look just how he imagined it.”

The show will run until 7 August.