Pat McGrath has always been the type of makeup artist who truly earns the "artist" part of her title. And on Monday — ahead of the 2018 Met Gala — the fashion industry legend will take that notion a step further, with the introduction of her Pat McGrath Labs x The Met collection.
Late last month, she announced the latest addition to her makeup range, Lust: Gloss, an intensely shiny, moisturizing pigmented expansion of the prolific Pat McGrath Labs lip product range. Come Monday, she'll unveil a specific shade of Lust: Gloss, called Aliengelic, as the first shade to become available for purchase at The Met. (The full lip gloss range launches on May 10.) The Pat McGrath Labs x The Met collection will also include a special edition of the Mothership IV: Decadence Eyeshadow palette. The packaging for both products will feature artwork from The Met's "Heavenly Bodies" collection.
"I feel incredibly close to this year's show ['Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination'] — many of the extraordinary pieces featured are from shows and campaigns I worked on so to me, it represents some of the most beloved, groundbreaking moments throughout my career as a makeup artist," said McGrath in an interview with WWD. "For the Metropolitan Museum of Art to include makeup and makeup artistry alongside some of the greatest masterworks of Western art is truly exceptional."
McGrath drew inspiration from both Renaissance and Baroque paintings when creating the new products. She describes the Lust: Gloss in Aliengelic as "an extravagantly ethereal gloss inspired by celestial beings and opulent textures I saw woven throughout 'Heavenly Bodies.'"
In addition to cosmetics, the Pat McGrath Labs x The Met collection will also include a new line of merch — which McGrath has sold before in collaboration with Dover Street Market — which will include limited-edition short-sleeve T-shirts for $62 each and long-sleeve ones for $82. As with McGrath's last merch collection, the clothing will be unisex.
For McGrath, her collaboration with The Met is an opportunity to continue to celebrate the diversity and creativity she has championed throughout her career. "We are experiencing a renaissance of the individual and a celebration of people that demonstrates a renewed consciousness and desire to be more inclusive — though there is still a long way to go," said McGrath to WWD. "True beauty is about confidence, individuality and character and we must continue to demand beauty icons who represent all cultures, genders, expressions of sexuality, religions and cultural beliefs."
The Pat McGrath Labs x The Met collection will be available at the "Heavenly Bodies" exhibition store, while select items will also be sold at The Met Cloisters and online at Store.MetMuseum.org, beginning on May 8.