Halloween is approaching and the party invites are starting to pile up. For the professional party animal he or she has a choice of which hot event to attend, but ‘what will I wear’ can be a dilemma for some. If you are an innovative “I don’t play by the rules” New Yorker, you probably already own a custom-made creation by Stephan Keating, celebrity masquerade mask maker extraordinaire.
Stephan recently did a show at the Empire Hotel Rooftop along with artist Tamara Ramos for an event celebrating art and fashion hosted by Herbert Fox Productions. Tamara has exhibited her work internationally in cities such as Milan, Riggio di Calibria and London. On this particular night, she was unveiling six new hauntingly beautiful photographs that define women’s rights and promotes an upcoming film called Misty Dawn produced by filmmaker Kell Ramos. Invited guests mingled and admired her amazing artwork while backstage Stephan and his models prepared for their entry. A hush came over the room as the music changed signaling the start of the fashion show. Models, dressed in all black, gracefully made their way down the runway in semi-darkness holding a single lit candle wearing one-of-a-kind, hypermodern masks made from all types of materials ranging from scrap snake skin to retired disco balls. The crowd was mesmerized as they chanted ‘Wow!” each time a new mask was introduced on the runway, while photographers snapped away feverishly to capture the essence each work of art.
After the show, quadrust.com had a chance to sit down with Keating at his private VIP table to find out who is this ingenious man behind these specular masks.
quadrust.com: What made you decide to start making masks?
Keating: Not too long ago, I was laid off my job. I was actually the #1 sales rep for the company so I was a little caught off guard. It made me realize I was disposable as long as I am working for someone else. I am better than that so I figured if I work for myself, I’m not disposable.
quadrust.com: Do you have any specific training making the masks?
Keating: No. I am self-taught. After I was laid off, I tapped into my creative self and just started making the masks.
quadrust.com: What is your inspiration?
Keating: The city of New York and Lady GaGa. I find materials for my masks in a number of places around New York City, including thrift stores and flea markets. All my masks are hand made from repurposed and refurbished materials. With Halloween approaching it’s been crazy. I recently made twelve custom masks in just two days!
The next Stephan Keating fashion show will be held at Onegin in the West Village on Saturday, October 27.