When fashion meets function, it can save lives.
From performance fabric for athletic wear to the Levi’s 501 jean, fashion and function have usually gone hand in hand. Aside from serving as a covering for your body as you live your everyday life, fashion can help keep you warm or cool, help people identify you as part of a group, and protect you from the elements. Even though designers like Martin Margiela & John Galliano have been championing the couture face mask for years now, with the current COVID19 pandemic, it’s no wonder designers, celebrities and the general public alike have taken the designer face mask trend to new heights. Regardless of if they’re medical-grade masks, the CDC still recommends wearing even a cloth face covering to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, and as we’ve seen demonstrated by some celebs and fashion houses, the more bold, the better. From bedazzled and bejeweled to everything in between, here’s a roundup of our favorite fashion masks.
Total face-covering, head-encasing masks have long been a design statement for Maison Martin Margiela. According to Fashionista.com, each mask from the Fall 2013 couture collection was made in-house at Margiela’s Paris atelier and took 18 hours to make. Even Kanye West rocked one of the famous designs on his Yeezus tour!
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Emerging Designer of the Year Award winner Grayling Purnell presented a bedazzled mask during his runway show at the 2018 CinéFashion Film Awards.
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Future and his daughter, Londyn Wilburn, wore custom Marianna Harutunian and Xtina Milani Swarovski crystal masks to attend the BET Awards in June 2017.
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Swarovski masks created by makeup artist Pat McGrath for Givenchy Spring 2014.
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Dutch fashion influencer Romy D’Fonseca wears a Marine Serre mask at Paris Fashion Week.
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Cardi B. wore a bedazzled ski mask and a head-to-toe floral look complete with matching face mask by designers including Richard Quinn and Bradley Jordan at Paris Fashion Week.
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Ayo and Teo wear masks in their offical music video for “Rolex”.
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Billie Eilish arrives at the 62nd annual Grammy Awards rocking a mask.
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Off-White arrows & logos masks.
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Queen Elizabeth II herself (you may remember the famous photo of her sitting next to Vogue editor Anna Wintour) attended Richard Quinn’s runway show in February. Covering his models’ faces in fabric is one of the designer’s signature moves.
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Models wore masks bedazzled in everything from flowers to studs for The Blonds show during New York Fashion Week in February 2020.
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Photo 2 & 3 via The Blonds Instagram
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