'People are always guessing whether "this could be real or not real" and I quite like when people have those sort of question marks about my work' Inge Grognard once told then SHOWstudio fashion editor Georgina Evans in 2019 while discussing her prosthetics for the Balenciaga S/S 20 show; an ethos that has informed the artist's aesthetic throughout her career; from her days spent with the Antwerp Six and Martin Margiela in the 90s to the creatives ripping up the rulebook today.
Understanding Grognard's instrumental role in informing the Antwerp fashion scene in the late 80s - heralded for its do-it-yourself attitude - Zegris Books have recently published Inge Grognard, Makeup 1989—2005, diving deeper into the artist's unique approach to beauty and her formative years that took fashion by storm throughout this very period. Making up the publication's second book in total, Inge Grognard, Makeup 1989—2005 focuses on the artist's seminal work with Maison Martin Margiela, Dries Van Noten and Raf Simons, among others and is also complete with an introductory text by Purple editor-in-chief Olivier Zahm.
'Inge Grognard is the name of a beauty revolution. A peer of the Antwerp Six, her work marked both a brutal break with traditional beauty conventions and a leap into the future, with an aesthetic that is still defining the beauty of tomorrow: a beauty permanently reinvented and freed from social conventions and imposture.' - Olivier Zahm of Purple magazine.
Forming the frontier of fashion's avant-garde thirty years ago, Grognard's one-off perception of inner and outer beauty means that she's still defining tomorrow's version of what that could and will look like. Thanks to the Zegris Books publication, we can now marvel at her work of the past while still getting excited about the artist's future endeavours.
Inge Grognard, Makeup 1989—2005 is available to buy at zegris.media in the U.K., Copyright Bookshop in Antwerp, Saint-Martin Bookshop in Brussels, Librairie Yvon Lambert in Paris and twelvebooks in Japan. Stay tuned for more information on an exclusive upcoming project with the artist herself.