PARIS — André Leon Talley’s “Little Black Dress” exhibition will sashay into the French capital just in time for couture week in July.
The show, sponsored by MAC Cosmetics and featuring about 50 garments, is to run from July 3 to Sept. 22 at the Mona Bismarck American Center for Art and Culture here. It debuted last fall at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) and has spawned a book by the same name, also by Talley, who recently was appointed Numéro Russia’s editor at large and is a contributing editor at American Vogue.
“We love integration with an academic purpose at the same time that’s fashion, and we thought this was a wonderful opportunity to support important retrospective work and [meanwhile incorporate] makeup,” said John Demsey, group president at the Estée Lauder Cos. Inc., MAC’s parent.
For the exhibit’s opening party on July 1, MAC plans to showcase a series of face charts with color cosmetics looks created by Gordon Espinet, its senior vice president of makeup artistry, specifically to accompany the brand’s selection of little black dresses from the show, appearing in photographs. Among labels represented are Proenza Schouler, Joseph Altuzarra, Ohne Titel and Prabal Gurung, whose makeup looks MAC conceives during fashion week.
“This is our interpretation of the MAC look for their black dress,” explained Espinet.