Pat McGrath is i-D’s Beauty Director and one of the most legendary and adored make-up artists working in the fashion industry today. Born in Northampton in 1970, Pat developed a fascination with beauty as a young girl watching her mum get ready in the morning and spending evenings watching old movies. Despite having no formal fashion training, she began work in the music business, before a chance meeting with i-Ds Fashion Director Edward Enninful in the early 90s introduced her to the world of fashion. Pats creative, colourful and flamboyant work soon earned her critical acclaim and has since appeared on the catwalks of every designer of note (Pat designed the make-up for an astonishing 35 womens ready-to-wear shows for autumn/winter 2008 alone!). Over her 20-year career, Pat has worked closely with John Galliano and Christian Dior, where she has put her magic to work on ready-to-wear and haute couture, experimenting with everything from feathers, petals and rubber eye make-up, to gargantuan lashes, gold faces and exotic geishas. Her advertising campaigns have included Prada, Louis Vuitton, Balenciaga, Calvin Klein, Versace, Valentino, Dolce & Gabbana, Giorgio Armani, Yves Saint Laurent and Lanvin, while her celebrity clients include Jennifer Lopez, Oprah Winfrey, Madonna and Sarah Jessica Parker. Pat has an army of adoring fans, who follow her work religiously, even dedicating an entire Fashion Spot thread to her talent, where one fan gushes that just catching sight of her heroine at a Selfridges beauty launch gave her a headache with excitement! Today as well as balancing catwalk duties, advertising shoots and editorial, Pat is the Global Creative Design Director for Procter & Gamble Beauty, focusing on P&G’s, CoverGirl, Max Factor, SK2 and Dolce & Gabbana brands.
John Galliano takes a trip…
May Anderson Photography by Richard Burbridge Styling by Edward Enninful
Photography by Craig McDean Styling by Edward Enninful Make-up by Pat McGrath