Set to launch her anthology of over 30 years of collaborations with photographer Ronald Stoops, renowned make-up artist Inge Grognard has been heavily involved in the imagery and shows of both upcoming and established designers. Hailing from Belgium, Grognard has worked alongside the second generation of Belgian designers including the likes of Raf Simons, Veronique Branquinho, A.F. Vandevorst and Jurgi Persoons. Grognard and Stoop started their careers in the early 1980s, coinciding with the international breakthrough of Belgian fashion. Back in their early days they made collaborations with designers like Dries Van Noten, Dirk Bikkembergs, Walter Van Beirendonck, Dirk Van Saene and Martin Margiela amongst others. With emphasis placed on their non-commercial work, including projects with other like-minded people such as Narcisse Tordoir, Martin Margiela, A.F. Vandevorst, Jurgi Persoons and Andrea Cammarosano, the book serves as an artistic endeavour. Grognard and Stoops' images function as a highly personal mirror for themselves, their relationship and their collaboration with others.
Dazed Digital: What does your book attempt to capture and reveal? Inge Grognard: To inspire people.
DD: Who is featured in your book? Inge Grognard: Friends and I.
DD: How long have you been in the make-up artist industry? What was it that first appealed to you? Inge Grognard: Around 25 years and it all started with being mad of clothes and fashion.
DD: What do you think your particular style in make-up is? Inge Grognard: Dark, romantic, poetic.
DD: What is your own make-up like? Inge Grognard: Simple and natural: black mascara - black liner sometimes.
DD: What are your favourite products to use? Inge Grognard: Moisturising creams, high tech foundations, transparant powder, high pigmented colours.
Inge Grognard/Ronald Stoops available in bookstores at the end of October 2010; Published by Ludion.