Tony Viramontes was one of the few illustrators to keep up with the fast pace of the fashion industry and be successful in doing so. Most prominent in the late ’70s to early ’80s, he wowed editors, art directors, and photographers with his signature swoops of color that dashed across and around the models and pages. Unfortunately Viramontes died young, at only 28 years old, from AIDS — but his vision and legacy continue to live on, including in the form of this editorial work for Vogue Deutschland.
Shot by Ben Hassett, the series for the January 2014 issue, called “Color Codes,” features models Holly Rose and Jenna Earle with wild swoops, splotches, and strokes of brightly colored makeup across their faces. Makeup artist Marla Belt showcases the Beauty Is Life cosmetics by giving a nod to Viramontes in the form of some black metallic accessories as well; more than one of the shots has thin wavy lines of metal going across the eyebrows, shapes that Viramontes was known to etch into his work, too. This Vogue Deutsch editorial glams up the illustrator’s signature looks with some big, bold red lips, dramatic eyelashes, and starkly white skin to make the colors pop. Check out more from the shoot below.
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