For our January 2018 intake, our students worked together on an elegant bridal editorial where they had the chance to collaborate with the stunning Ella Moda bridal gowns, professionally styled by Carina Boyle, a Gold Coast based fashion stylist.
The students were provided with a brief to create some beautiful bridal makeup looks for their models with inspiration drawn from a utopian concept, a vision of purity, a moment in time, luxury and pleasure.
The set was created starting with a glossy black background, covered in an abundance of lavish overgrown greenery, built from live plants that was designed, created and constructed by Julia Rose, an award winning floral designer. Within this production, we aimed to have an opulent, lush aesthetic, in shades of rain forest green to really elevate the focus on the bride. With this stark contrast we aimed to rival the usual traditions of soft and elegant themes that usually are accompanied by the idea of a wedding. With some gorgeous models sourced from local talent as well as a prestigious Gold Coast agency, Que models, we aimed to depict powerful women in charge. With the use of lighting on set, we created different multi-toned points of light to construct interesting depth and a unique overall vision. Through this concept we have portrayed women who are unique, unrivalled and uncompromised. Women who aren’t following rules or trends, they’re creating them.
The gowns created by Ella Moda, are contemporary and fashionable whilst still having traditional touches, creating a masterpiece of lace and silk, ivory hues and immaculate detail.
The over all vision was brought to life by an amazing team of diligent students and crew under creative direction of the Huxley Team. The final result is an accurate representation of how much hard work, dedication, focus and talent went into this production and we are proud to share the final images with you, alongside a professionally cut video, which really enhances the overall viewing experience of the editorial.
Our highly talented and skilful team used their years of experience and precise expertise to execute the concept for the editorial.
Amongst the crew we had the likes of Julia Rose who is an award winning floral designer with over 20 years of experience within the industry. Her stunning and intricate work has been seen in major Australian publications, social media platforms as well as websites such as Pinterest, which are saturated with her art.
Ella Moda is a Brisbane based bridal label created by Ella Stephenson. The dresses have a unique style of elegant and classic cuts with romantic detail, constructed with delicate care from the best quality silks and laces. Ella Moda bride is fashion-forward, though not trend-focused, it is contemporary and modern, with an affinity for luxury and finer things in life.
Our stylist involved, Carina Boyle, has an exceptional and unique style that can only be described as a harmonious mix of her cultural experiences, starting from her home country Austria, as well as her time spent living and working in China and Australia. The fashion-focused individual is specialised in women’s fashion and has worked with respected and reputable brands such as H&M, Prada and Bvlgari.
Our media team consisted of two hard working individuals, who together captured the essence and aura of the night through film and photography.
Ayla Starace, is an international fashion photographer. Ayla has lived and worked overseas in Milan, Paris and London, creating content for exceptional model talent, European campaigns and editorials. She has a flair for sleek, polished photographic portraiture, with a refined ability to inspire a sense of power and pride from her female subjects.
Our cinematographer Robbie Caccaviello is a fresh-faced filmmaker, who has, within the last twelve months, surged on the film scene, securing first option to direct one of the Australia’s best selling young adult fictional novels! As a New York Film Academy graduate, Robbie has gone on to produce content for a wide range of commercial and personal projects, with his unique and distinguished style, each piece of film produced is executed with precision, passion, skill and talent.
Michael is the course convener of the school as well as the creative director on set. Michael began his career in creative arts as a makeup artist for Yves Saint Laurent and to this day has maintained a successful career as an international artist. Michael is passionate about art direction and constantly produces photographic and video projects through his studio in Burleigh Heads. With Michael’s expert direction and creative eye on set, he aided the students and crew to expertly accomplish the task at hand and create a stunning and immaculate result.
HUXLEY SCHOOL OF MAKEUP
Every intake at Huxley School of Makeup special effects students create zombie characters designed to be scary!
Last intake students created amazing zombie characters on their models that were then photographed in our very own studio!
Thanks to all of our amazing students who made this shoot possible and helped with set design.
Base makeup is a notoriously hard beauty product to shop for and colour match! Unfortunately picking a foundation shade is even more difficult for women of colour with a whole spectrum of fair shades on the market and far less that cater for dark skin. Thank goodness Kryolan has a large range of foundation shades that cater for a wide range of skin tones and complexions.
At Huxley School of Makeup students are taught how to apply and colour match foundation for women of colour.
We loved the beauty looks created on models in class by students from the last intakes and are very excited about next intake which starts next week!
Each semester at Huxley School of Makeup students create outstanding history inspired makeup looks!
Students inspiration varies from 18th century inspired makeup looks to modern 20th century inspired looks.
Bec Purcell, stylist for Pacific Fair and previous Huxley student created a bold 80’s inspired makeup look on model Ella van Seters.
Bec’s look incorporated bright, bold colours and a high teased hair style to create an 80’s vibe!
A Contentious Editorial About Being a Minority Within Our Industry
There are certain groups within our society that are perceived as minorities through no fault of their own. This can be due to physical attributes such as skin colour or gender; sexual orientation; ethnicity or religion. It is sometimes hard to realise that together these groups are in fact, not minorities, but a silent majority.
For centuries, if not thousands of years, beauty has been defined by popular trends fueled by the media, political leaders and social icons. The trickle-down effect profoundly shapes our culture as the populous take these trends for themselves. Businesses creating fashions and manufacturing products follow suit and soon enough this social and psychological construct becomes a way of life.
To judge someone on their appearance or social status seems inherently natural for humans. Throughout history people have used this as a crutch to help them fit-in or belong to particular groups. Today, we live in a connected economy where, thanks to the internet and social media, individual voices can now be heard. We, the ‘actual majority’, can speak up for what is right and help educate others who might be trapped in the dark ages.
In the Western World beauty rituals have developed a long way since being a white, heterosexual Christian girl was ‘chic’. People are standing up for equal rights and I am proud to be a part of this movement. There is no place in our world for bigoted, racially or religiously aggravated opinions. However, there is still more we can do and to make real change, action is necessary.
Fashion has always been at the forefront of social innovation. It also has the power to change entire generations. In 1964 Yves Saint Laurent created his famous ‘Le Smoking Tuxedo Suit’ for women. Parisian ladies were literally denied entry to famous French restaurants wearing this look because it was socially unacceptable for a woman to wear the pants. Around the same period black models began walking the runways and designers like Yves Saint Laurent and Dior’s Raf Simons weren’t afraid to put these ladies at the front of their campaigns. It was a major step forward for black people and set the stage for a cultural revolution.
Today black culture has been appropriated by younger generations who love the style, fashions and the music. However, there is a lack of cultural sensitivity and understanding of the history surrounding these trends. African American culture is rich with substance and I do not believe it is wrong to celebrate and follow these ‘pop cultures’. The problem is that many young impressionable people cannot comprehend the significance of the culture they are following. From a completely observational perspective and without trying to generalise; how many young Australians personally know black people? They passionately adopt the ‘swag’ and mannerisms but how many of them truly understand the ethos?
As a makeup artist, it is vitally important that we have the ability and experience working on people from all ethnic backgrounds. It baffles me how there are so many people within our industry who simply don’t know how to work on dark skin or have even worked with black people. Unfortunately, when there is a lack of knowledge and experience, there is a wealth of ignorance and uninformed opinions.
Vogue Netherlands recently ran an article that celebrated Marc Jacobs contribution to Louis Vuitton. The story featured several white models with black painted faces and black fuzzy wigs that were supposed to signify Jacobs Tribal influences. It was of course tactless and inappropriate. While they might have had the right intentions, it highlights how there is still a lack of cultural sensitivity and awareness in the fashion world.
I asked one of our models Neo about her experience working as a Black Australian model and unfortunately her response wasn’t surprising.
What was it like getting started in modelling?
“Modelling is a tough industry to break into for anyone. They have a particular look that they are after and sometimes even if you’re pretty, you might not have the ‘look’ they want. I discovered this first hand when I was 15. I walked into a large agency, after friends and family encouraged me to have a go, and after taking a brief look at me the agent said abruptly, “We already have 3 other dark girls on our books” so I wasn’t signed.
It got me thinking; well, how many white girls do you have on your books? At the time it really hurt my feelings, but I managed to rustle up enough confidence to apply for Australia’s Next Top Model in 2011 and I got through! Funnily enough as soon as I was noticed the same agent was suddenly interested in me. Needless to say- I didn’t sign with them. “
How would you describe your experiences with Makeup Artists?
“Every girl wants to feel beautiful and special. Getting your makeup done can be exciting and inspiring, however, too often I step off the makeup chair looking like an alien! They either don’t have my skin tone in their kit or they seem really nervous working on me. Even on huge productions and runway shows I’ve had makeup artists who despite being lovely people, try using techniques and products that are suitable for pale complexions.
You can’t help feeling a little left out when all the other girls are looking 110% and you have some white foundation and sparkles on your face. I guess they just haven’t been taught how to work on dark skin but these days I always carry my makeup with me to jobs so even if the artist doesn’t have my skin tones I can always lend them mine, haha!”
This editorial spread has our models dressed up in high fashion wearing platinum blonde wigs. The aim of the shoot was to visually provoke the conversation of cultural identity and awareness. Anthropologists have long said that our skin tone is merely a geographic representation of our heritage.
In the words of Amanda Stenberg, best known for her role as ‘Rue’ in ‘The Hunger Games’
“There is a strong connection between physical appearance and culture. Take black hair for example, black hair = black culture. Black culture includes hip hop and rap which have come to be representative of an affirmation of the African identity. Hip hop stems from struggle, from jazz and blues which African Americans created to retain humanity in the face of adversity. When the early 2000’s adopted R&B as part of pop culture, black culture became popular as well. Hence forth integration of corn rows and braids were adopted and in 2013 saw their way onto high fashion runways – but, low and behold, with white models. Unwittingly the beauty industry can be interpreted as contributing to institutionalised oppression of a minority.”
Makeup Artists must also be culture conscious. For this reason the Huxley School of Makeup offers specific classes that focus on makeup design and application for dark skin. Students can discover makeup techniques suitable for dark skin while also giving them the opportunity to work on dark skinned people.
The Huxley School of Makeup Director, Michael Huxley says “It is vitally important that as an ethically responsible education provider, we offer a diverse array of modules to suit the requirements of our industry. Our students must be prepared for the real world and able to work on all people regardless of their colour, age or ethnicity. There is so much more to makeup than slapping on some foundation!”
Looking at these images I see the resonance of a minority which instead of revolving around a repressive vibe, highlights one of strength, femininity and power. Perception of what constitutes beauty is decided by the majority – therefore anything out of the ordinary clashes. This perceptual void between the accepted and reality is what the photographer Dan Malloy and Michael Huxley with his art direction, have so successfully captured.
There is no sense pretending people are not biologically varied or that people don’t notice the differences but we can highlight these differences and flip the perspective. Those who do belong to persecuted groups need to recognise that all those groups combined make the word ‘minority’ inaccurate.
Together we are the majority.
MODEL LEFT – MOOSHI
DRESS – CAMILLA
MODEL RIGHT – SHOWDEAR
JACKET – ELIZABETH & JAMES
JEANS – PAIGE DENIM
BRALETTE – SJ LINGERIE
CLOTHES AVAILABLE AT ANOTHER LOVE
MODEL – NEO
BODY SUIT – SJ LINGERIE
NEO (NYAJAME NEO BOL) @five twenty model management
SHOWDEAR BUOMB GALOU – @hunter model management
MOOSHI (NYAMOUCH JOHN DENG BOL – @mirror mirror agency
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A huge congratulations to all of last semesters students on graduating from Huxley School of Makeup.
Last semester we had some amazing collaborations with Barnes, Kryolan, Moana Bikini, Queen of Luna, Eye of Horus and LUV Bridal. We also had work experience opportunities for students at Warner Bros. Movie World, Haven Collective, Brisbane Race Day and Bond University.
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