Dior’s Runway Masks—and the Breathtaking Makeup Beneath Them—Are a Couture Dream

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This morning in Paris, a dreamlike veil fell over the Musée Rodin as the models at the Christian Dior couture show show proceeded down the gleaming checkerboard runway, sculptural disembodied ears and torsos hovering above them. But Maria Grazia Chiuri’s graphic collection of gauzy blouses, structured silhouettes, and multi-textured fabrics—lattices, florets, and plumage among them—was only one of the optical illusions that captured the attention of front row guests: Like a modern interpretation of Truman Capote’s storied Black and White Ball brought to life, a handful of models wore delicate surrealist masks created by British milliner Stephen Jones.

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At first glance, the decorative fabric pieces seemed more like a digital overlay than a physical adornment, a Black Mirror-esque detail that gave the whimsically regal lineup a hint of sinister quirkiness. But peer more closely, and they served as a literal frame for makeup artist Peter Philips’s conceptual onyx eyes—extended wings of liner notched like twining vines and feathered, painted-on lashes that infused a classic kittenish ’60s flick with a dash of A Clockwork Orange. One particular iteration featured a bowed outline comprised of layers of mesh, as if a cloud of pixels hovered around the eyes. Amidst the frantic, no-nonsense pace of the digital age, what better reminder to slow down and let life imitate art.

https://www.vogue.com/article/christian-dior-spring-2018-couture-masks-masquerade-ball-makeup-eyeliner-peter-philips