When Cleopatra was released in 1963, Elizabeth Taylor was arguably the most famous woman in the world. Fifty two years later, Kim Kardashian West is arguably the most famous woman in popular culture.
“Elizabeth Taylor’s makeup in Cleopatra has been recreated countless times, but for Kim I wanted to create a version that has never been done before, a futuristic 3D version. I wanted to portray a luxurious decadence by using elements of ornate facial jewelry constructed into shapes that pay homage to Egyptian culture, and of course to the rich exotic character that Taylor played in this role,” says Ms. McGrath.
“It’s really exciting to do this project with Pat, and to celebrate the lost glamour of Hollywood through a modern lens, evoking that nostalgia and emotional connection. She’s just the best out there. She’s a real artist,” says Cassandra Huysentruyt Grey, Founder of VIOLET GREY.
The Violet Files, VIOLET GREY‘s magazine, is dedicated to documenting Hollywood beauty culture, offering the best in beauty products, art, and inspiration by those who know beauty best. The latest cover story, is the first of a series by McGrath for The Violet Files, transforming pop-culture icons of present into those of the past. The series is aptly titled — “The Genius of Pat McGrath.”
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