Born in 1973 out of the vibrant times of Biba and Bowie, make up brand to the royal and stylish Cosmetic a La Carte celebrated their 40th birthday with an exhibition titled ‘Colour & Culture’ at the Redchurch Gallery.
Famed for making cosmetics for the queens facialist to the first ever foundation for black skin created for Grace Jones, this iconic brand celebrated its heritage through a tangible mix of art, photography, video and interactive make up sessions.
The most striking parts of the exhibition were undoubtedly the mannequin heads crafted to resemble icons that had inspired Cosmetic a La Carte. Princess Diana’s loyalty to her go-to lipstick ‘nude toast’ took the shape of an ice queen sculpture encrusted with rippling waves of glistening pearls and diamonds, perhaps a nod to her angelic omnipresence.
Cosmetics a La Carte’s achievements have spanned 4 decades, some of the most notable moments being asked by Elizabeth Taylor to create a pink sugar lip gloss, and perhaps most recently being charged to paint the modern day Marilyn’s lips the classic red which made the screen siren so iconic, Michelle Williams in My Week With Marilyn.
The Cosmetics a La Carte’s 40th anniversary ‘Colour & Culture’ is open from the 21st-26th May at the Redchurch Gallery, East London.
Brand Info: Cosmetics a la Carte
PR Team: Pop PR
Words by Tania Willis
Photography by Alan Christopher Parker
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