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Francois Nars Written by Francois Nars
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Francois Nars

Written by Francois Nars

  • September 6, 2016
  • Hardcover
  • Design - Fashion & Accessories
  • Rizzoli
  • 9 x 12
  • $85.00
  • $115.00
  • 978-0-8478-5821-7

About This Book

An invitation into the beautiful and inspiring world of François Nars—makeup artist, photographer, and iconoclast—through an exclusive look at his editorial contributions for leading fashion magazines, personal photography projects, and the groundbreaking vision behind NARS Cosmetics. François Nars, the influential French makeup artist and founder of the luxe makeup brand NARS Cosmetics, has continually created new standards of beauty through his bold artistry and unique aesthetic vision for over thirty years. After moving to New York from Paris in 1984, Nars was destined to join the ranks of the most esteemed image makers in the world. He did just that by lending his cutting-edge makeup techniques to high-fashion runway shows, as well as photographing editorial stories for top fashion magazines. Early on in his career, Nars worked with legendary photographers, designers, stylists, and editors, but in 1994, he followed his passion and desire to share his boldly glamorous, rule-breaking aesthetic with the launch of NARS Cosmetics. Curated by Nars himself, François Nars presents a prismatic assemblage of over 500 photographs celebrating his vision, inspirations, and creative process. This luxurious volume provides unique access into the imaginative life of Nars through intimate reflections by his close friends and collaborators, such as Naomi Campbell, Steven Klein, Odile Gilbert, Charlotte Rampling, Marc Jacobs, and Tilda Swinton; his personal photography projects; and striking advertising campaigns for NARS Cosmetics shot by Nars himself. From the palette to the product name to the campaign image itself, Nars continues to reinvent the definition of modern beauty through a revolutionary approach to makeup.

About the Author

François Nars is the founder and creative director of NARS Cosmetics, with over one hundred boutiques worldwide.

Reviews

  • "With some of the most famous faces in fashion represented, the visionary behind NARS Cosmetics tells his story in beautiful close-up color, with snippets of remembrances and inspirations. He includes the communion looks of both his parents and makes it clear beauty begins with beautiful skin."
    —Associated Press

    "With some of the most famous faces in fashion represented, the visionary behind NARS Cosmetics tells his story in beautiful close-up color, with snippets of remembrances and inspirations. He includes the communion looks of both his parents and makes it clear beauty begins with beautiful skin."
    —Washington Post


    "The overall physical presence of the book is astoundingly beautiful, which, when combined with its visual chronicle, almost guarantees the book to become a complete hands down standout among its genre. What is also quite apparent within is the influence that all of his “idols” had on him especially when Nars took a greater interest in his work as a photographer. To say that François Nars displays his feast of talents might be an understatement, but rather than an ode, the book reads much more like diary of his career."
    New York Journal Of Books

    "The book is an aesthetic trip down memory lane, a voyeur’s peek, if you will, into the creative force who helped shape beauty. Bold, beautiful imagery, and stunning typographic solutions purposefully mirror the NARS cosmetics brand. Every page magnifies the depth of the ever-inspiring artist behind the name, who says, ‘My work as a makeup artist, creator, and photographer is very connected… my goal is to make people look beautiful and bring out what is on the inside. I truly believe that beauty lies within our characters.’"
    Genlux Magazine

    "This bold new book is like a visit to Nars’ library, where he shows you all his photo albums, his portfolios of Vogue covers, his snaps of model makeup, and his years of inventing new eye make-ups working with favorite models (Naomi)."
    The Style Saloniste
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