Photo by Elliot Blunck


“Mein Leitfaden ist Respekt”, sagt Peggy Kurka über ihre Arbeit als Hair and Make-up Artist. “Ich kann nur so gut sein, wie mein Gegenüber sich fühlt.” Weil sie und ihr jeweiliges Model also auf einander angewiesen sind, nimmt sich Kurka stets so viel Zeit wie möglich. Während sie Haare dazu nutzt, Proportionen zu verändern, ist ihr Ansatz in Sachen Make-up minimalistisch. Kurka, die nach Stationen in Berlin, London und Paris in Hamburg lebt, war am Anfang ihrer Karriere Maskenbildnerin am Theater. Ihre Liebe zur Mode entdeckte sie bei Jil Sander; seitdem hat sie ihre absolute Aufmerksamkeit. “Mode ist Ausdruck der Zeit, in der wir leben und der Zeit, in die wir erst noch gehen.” Das schönste Kompliment, das sie je bekam? “Jemand hat mal gesagt, ich mache intelligentes Make-up. Das hat mir gefallen."

Text  by  Anne Waak

My personal signpost is respect. As a hair and makeup artist, Peggy Kurka says: “I can only be as good as the people I surround myself with. I don’t work alone, I work in a team. Because of this, we are dependent on each other.” So she always takes as much time as possible to make sure that everyone feels comfortable. This is one of the aspects of her professional work that she hopes to infuse in this, a project very near and dear to her heart. She knows what it's like to not feel completely comfortable within one’s environment being a child of mixed heritage growing up in the GDR. She’s aware of both sides of the gaze as she worked as a model at the Fashion Institute of the GDR, made fashion films and ran Watch in the Berlin Palace of the Republic. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, Kurka moved to Hamburg and fell in love with the theatre...its atmosphere of theoretical heaviness and the electricity of the stage and became a make-up artist. Even this unique experience, the ability to immerse yourself in a new and exciting world, continues to inform her worldview. Discovering her love for fashion via Jil Sander, Kurka then lived in London, followed by stints in Paris and Berlin. These sojourns, trying to make a go of it in different international destinations, provide Kurka not only with experience, but also with empathy as she understands the struggles and the challenges. Through fashion, Kurka has learned its place in the zeitgeist is an expression of the both the past and the future; history informs us but it doesn’t rule us. A useful metaphor that fits many occasions and circumstances. As both a hair and make-up artist, Kurka’s mind often occupies two conflicting spaces at the same time. While they both have different needs and concerns, in the end they must work in harmony. This is another of the transferable skills that Kurka is delighted to bring to the project. "Someone once said that I make intelligent make-up.” She says, “That was the most beautiful compliment I’ve ever received for my work.” Her hopes are to imbue this project with that same intelligent sensibility.

Text  by   Mac Folkes


Adrian Crispin , Axel Hoedt ,Alexia Silvagni ,Andreas Ortner , Anne Schönharting
Anja Frers , Anna Rosa Krau , Ben Lamberty , Luis Alberto Rodriguez
Chris Tribelhorn , Debora Mittelstaedt , Danilo Giuliani ,Elizaveta Porodina
Fergus Padel , Heji Shin , Ian Crawford , Kevin Sinclair , Bert Houbrechts
Jonty Davies , Mario Smolka , Mark Pillai ,Jacob + Carrol
Michael Evanet ,Michael Williams , Magnus Reed ,
Nick & Chloe , Markus Jans ,Markus Pritzi ,
Phillip Müller , Nicolas Kantor ,Olaf Wipperfurth , Jonas Lindström ,
Roman Goebels , Ralph Mecke ,Rene Fitzek ,
Sascha Heintze , Stephan Abry ,
Thierry Lebraly , Pawel Pysz , Timur Celikdag ,
Timothy Barnes  ,Tobias Zarius ,Elisabeth Toll
Tyrone Lebon ,Stefan Heinrichs ,Frederike Hellwig ,
Detlef Schneider , Rapael Just , Jork Weismann ,
Ben Quinton ,Stefan Milev , Iga Drobisz ,Louis Christopher


Estèe Lauder , Longines , Avon China , Goldwell , Garnier ,Panthene ,
Schwarzkopf ,Vichy ,Diadermine , Dr. Hauschka ,Alessandro ,
Eucerin , Labello ,Nivea Haircare  Joop ,Oui , Set  Thomas Sabo
 Dorothee Schumacher , Versace , Versus ,Merz Bocouture , Hugo Boss
100% Linen , Swarovski ,  Hanro , Schiesser , Valisere , Sansovino6
BMW , Audi , Porsche Design , Porsche , Volvo . Mini
Gucci , Appelrath Cüpper , Peek & Cloppenburg , Peter Hahn , Zero
Marc O' Polo ,Christ  , Nike ,Panasonic , Closed , More and More , Mytheresa ,


Stefanie Graf ( personal Hair and Make up Artist  )
Anna Sui , Alexandra Maria Lara , Adiam ,Mini Anden ,  Eva Padberg  , Rosalie Varda , Agnes Varda
Christiane Paul , Petula Clark , Uma Thurman , Bibiana Beglau ,  Stella Maxwell
Daniela Schadt , Dèsirèe Nosbusch , Jan Josef Liefers , Oda Jaune , Emily Atef
Franka Potente , Joy Denalane ,Klaus Maria Brandauer , Martina Gedeck ,Lea von Acken
Sibel Kekilli ,Till Schweiger , Veronika Ferres ,Pheline Roggan ,Tom Tykwer ,
Til Schweiger ,George Clooney , Moritz Bleibtreu ,Fatih Akin ,Boris Becker ,
Wolfgang Joop  , Paz Vega , Tweet , Bilal ,Debra Shaw
Sabin Tambrea   , Michelle Dockers , Ronja Furrer ,Caroline Winberg , Joy Denalane


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