Kabuki hails from the north of England. With inspiration from his friendship with famed British illustrator Errol Le Cain, Kabuki was already an accomplished artist by his teens. A book of his drawings – “73 Drawings by Kabuki” – is available through Blurb.com.
He landed his first job in New York as a textile designer but it was his unique flair for outlandish dress and make-up that led him to the then-flourishing NYC club scene. This in turn led to modeling on European runways for Thierry Mugler and performing in the downtown troupe “Black Lips”.
He caught the eye of stylist/designer Patricia Field and Kabuki was brought onto “Sex and the City” to establish the make-up looks for Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis. And the ball was officially rolling…
After seasons 1 and 2 on “Sex”, he went on to work as a make-up artist in feature films (“Party Monster” “Palindromes”); music videos (“All The Lovers” “ET” “Where Have You Been” “Princess of China” “Evening in Space”); with pop stars (Kylie Minogue, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Christina Aguilera, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Gwen Stefani, Katy Perry, Lana Del Rey, Britney Spears); and with actresses (Amber Heard, Selena Gomez, Gwyneth Paltrow, Naomi Watts).
His work has appeared in just about all of the major fashion magazines (US Vogue, French Vogue, Italian Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan) and he’s worked with many of today’s leading photographers (Steven Klein, Terry Richardson, Mark Seliger, Mert + Marcus, Inez + Vinoodh).
Fashion campaigns include Jimmy Choo, Philipp Plein, Missoni and Anna Sui. Beauty campaigns include Cover Girl, Nars, L’Oreal, Max Factor and MAC.
Kabuki has designed the make-up for dozens of fashion week shows in New York, London, Milan, Los Angeles and Paris including Zac Posen, Moschino, Gareth Pugh, Diesel, Guy Laroche, L.A.M.B., Jeremy Scott, Miss Sixty, Costello Tagliapietra, Salvatore Ferragamo, Philipp Plein, Sally LaPointe, The Blonds, Dennis Basso, Baby Phat and Guy Laroche His fabric, eyepiece and mask designs have been seen on fashion week stages as well.
Kabuki has designed the make-up for two works by choreographer Wayne McGregor CBE : “Dyad 1909” at Sadler’s Wells in 2009 and “Woolf Works” at the Royal Opera House in 2015. He recently worked with FKA Twigs on an ambitious NIKE campaign shot in Mexico City. His MAC make-up collection hit the stores for Spring 2017.
He divides his time between New York City and Saugerties in upstate New York.