Designer is made up with new range

Sunderland designer Gareth Pugh
Sunderland designer Gareth Pugh
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A DARING designer who has dressed Lady Gaga and Kylie has branched out into the make-up industry.

Former Southmoor schoolboy Gareth Pugh has joined forces with leading make-up giants, MAC, to launch his own range of cosmetics.

EDS NOTE NUDITY - A model wears a creation by British fashion designer, Gareth Pugh, for his spring-summer 2012 ready-to-wear collection presented Wednesday Sept. 28, 2011 in Paris. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

EDS NOTE NUDITY - A model wears a creation by British fashion designer, Gareth Pugh, for his spring-summer 2012 ready-to-wear collection presented Wednesday Sept. 28, 2011 in Paris. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

The 30-year-old, who started his career with a foundation course in arts at Sunderland College’s Shiney Row campus, is famous for his futuristic shapes and creations, often working in monochrome, and has created outfits for some of the world’s most glamourous women, including Beyonce.

Now, Gareth has created a range of dark, neo-gothic cosmetics inspired by butterfly wings and bruises, with a distinct colour palette including eye shadows in violets, metallic nail polish and dark lipsticks.

Although he wears make-up himself, Gareth refused to appear in the MAC advertising campaign, saying: “I didn’t want it to become a make-up brand for men. If men want to wear it, great, but it is like Gillette: same razor, different packaging.

“I’ve worked with MAC backstage for years so I know them really well. I also wanted to do something out of my comfort zone, which was still aesthetically an extension of what I do.”

Gareth, who is from Grangetown, showed a real flair for fashion while at Sunderland College and was accepted for a place at London’s prestigious St Martin’s College, where his designs caught the eye of the fashion industry.

He got his big break in 2006 when he was approached by Kylie Minogue’s stylist to design her costumes for the Showgirl tour.

Since then Gareth has become a big name in the fashion world.

He has appeared in the Channel 4 reality show Fashion House, which followed 20 European designers living at a house in Rome.

He has also had his designs on the cover of magazines, and even brought his flair back home to Wearside by designing T-shirts for staff at Neville Ramsey Hair & Beauty in Blandford Street, and Ttonic bar in Vine Place.

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