When it comes to shopping for makeup, The Metropolitan Museum of Art may seem like an unlikely source. But starting May 8, The Met Store will begin carrying a color cosmetics collection by iconic makeup artist, Pat McGrath, a first-of-its-kind partnership for the museum. The exclusive retail collaboration was developed as part of The Costume Institute’s spring 2018 exhibition, Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination, on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on Fifth Avenue and at The Met Cloisters from May 10 through October 8. As part of the collaboration, The Met Store will carry an exclusive Pat McGrath Labs x The Met color cosmetics line which includes the new LUST: Gloss in Aliengelic ($28), as well as a special edition of the brand’s best-selling MOTHERSHIP IV: Decadence Eyeshadow Palette ($125). Both limited-edition offerings will feature artwork from The Met collection on the packaging as a way of celebrating the ongoing conversation between fashion, beauty and art.
“The Costume Institute’s exhibitions are legendary, and I am thrilled to be able to present this exclusive range of products inspired by this prestigious exhibition,” said Pat. “Religious history and artifacts have always been vital influences on my work, and it is an extraordinary honor for me to be unveiling these new pieces alongside this breathtaking exhibition as the first-ever beauty brand at New York’s iconic Met Store.”
Upon entering The Met Store, the brand’s name is illuminated in a neon white light above a gilded gondola, adorned with the Labs’ signature gold sequins. The two-sided display features video monitors, an LED ticker display and products are enclosed under a museum-style display glass.
In addition to cosmetics, Pat McGrath Labs’ will debut limited-edition apparel including long and short sleeve t-shirts, available in unisex sizing, ranging from $62.00 to $82.00.
All products will be available at the exhibition store at The Met Fifth Avenue, and a select group of items will be available at The Met Cloisters and online at store.metmuseum.org. Additional products are planned to be released throughout the exhibition.