Dear Shaded Viewers,
I met Alex Box decades ago when she was doing the make up for MeiHui Lui’s collection Victim in London. She studied fine arts at London’s Chelsea College of Art and Design and used her body as her canvas. She created amazing work and found herself as an extremely successful make-up artist but the operative word here is ‘artist’. She went on to make installations, experiment with prosthetics and join London’s creative scene, in what was a formative period for the artist. “It honed my feeling about how you can actually change and manipulate the face — and it was just like my painting, only in this case the canvas was alive.” Our talk is about the merging of technology, art and the body.
Box’s work has been featured in Vogue, Stylist, Numéro, W, AnOther, Dazed & Confused and i-D. In her roles as a makeup director, Box has designed runway looks for a roster of international design houses and designers, including Chanel, Gareth Pugh , Stella McCartney , Alexander McQueen and Vivienne Westwood . A book of her work, photographed by Rankin, was released in 2010. In 2016, she was appointed beauty editor of Berlin-based cult fashion magazine King Kong.
Artist . Body Architect , Founder ‘Future Beauty Future Bodies’ , Digital Identity’s + Phygital Creative – TED speaker -B Editor King Kong Magazine