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Dive into Alexander McQueen's beauty looks with LCF show

London College of Fashion will stage Warpaint, an exhibition about the late designer's makeup mastery

Hot on the heels of the V&A's Savage Beauty exhibition, Alexander McQueen is set to be honoured with another wide-ranging retrospective. London College of Fashion has just announced Warpaint: Alexander McQueen and Make-Up, which will explore the late designer's spectacular approach to catwalk beauty. And in the true spirit of McQueen's innovative genius, it'll also include a little bit of technical wizardry with the inclusion of some augmented reality.

Opening on April 30 at LCF's Fashion Space Gallery, the show will take in 22 distinctive McQueen runway looks from legendary makeup artists Sharon Dowsett, Val Garland, Peter Philips and Topolino. As Garland noted, all direction came from McQueen and McQueen alone. "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," she said. "There was no right or wrong, just his vision."

Each of the looks will delve into McQueen's inspiration and methodology, arranged under themes such as "Amplified" (where the model's features are grotesquely distorted) and "Deviated" (which focuses on body makeup). 

As for the augmented reality bit, here's where it gets exciting. LCF have partnered with Holition, a London-based digital creative studio, on some tech that allows visitors to experiment with McQueen's own runway makeup. You'll be able to virtually try out two iconic looks – the creepy clown makeup from AW01 show What A Merry Go Round and the dramatic, washed-out mascara-smeared look from SS98 show Untitled. 

(h/t WWD)

Warpaint opens on April 30 and runs till August 7 at the Fashion Space Gallery, London College of Fashion, 20 John Princes Street, W1G 0BJ.