The M.A.C. Deck of Cards Project was created to benefit the M.A.C. AIDS Fund. Over the years, this fund has raised over twenty-nine million dollars, and with this project, the total will no doubt climb higher. The fund gets moneys from the Glam lipstick sales and now has both a regular size and oversize deck of cards featuring a stunning collection of body paintings, both raising more funds and showcasing a fantastic collaboration in the visual arts.
With M.A.C. already known for boldly colored cosmetics and an ad style to match, Assouline, Inc. conceived of a body painted deck of playing cards, uniting the incredible M.A.C. creative make-up team with equally-talented designers, musicians, models and actors. A series of designs were submitted and assembled. Once agreed upon, all the images shown in the deck were done in an intensive two-week production period. Photographer Richard Lohr donated his time, along with all the other artists, when it came to capturing these unique paintings. Long hours of body painting preceded each portrait. For each image, the use of both body contour and makeup is novel.
The M·A·C Artists who participated were Andrew Martin, Bianca Alexander, Chantel Miller, Donna McNamara, Fatima Thomas, Fortune Esposito, Jane McKay, Jessica Hair, Luis Soto, Lyne Desnoyer, Marla Belt, Meg Banker, Melissa Gibson, Mia Andres, Nadine Luke, Oty Ramos, Patrice Donofrio, Patrick Eichler, and Rick Nieves.
Design contributors include Akira, Alexander McQueen, Andre Balazs, Andrew Martin, Angela Adams, Anya Hindmarch, Arkadius, Barbara Hulanicki, Billy B, Carlos Ponce, Catherine Malandrino, Cecily Brown, Colin Cowie, Collette Dinnigan, Dah Len, Dannii Minogue, David Rockwell/ Rockwell Group, Diane Von Furstenberg, Dishwalla, Frances Hathaway, Glenn O'Brien, Heatherette, House of Field (David Dalrymple), Iggy Pop, James Gager, James Johnson, Jonathan Adler, Karim Rashid, Lady Bunny, Lawrence Steele, Liev Schrieber, London Cast of Chicago the Musical, Missy Elliot, Moheib, Nadine Luke, Inspired by Lil' Kim, Patrick Eichler, Patrick McDonald, Pink, Robin Byrd, Rocco DiSpirito, Sam Shahid, Sante D'Orazio, Sharon Dowsett, Simon Doonan, Susan Sarandon, Suzanne Chu, Terry Jones, Tiffany Johnston, Todd Oldham, Tyler Hays and Vitamin C.
If you're interested in owning this set of cards, you will have to hunt one down on eBay.