Larger Than Life: The Kevyn Aucoin Story
The late Kevyn Aucoin arguably still stands as the highest-profile makeup artist of all time. One of the few makeup artists to become a celebrity in his own right, Aucoin was the sort of invaluable corner man whom models and stars insisted accompany them on shoots and shows all over the world. With an abundance of gratifying historical context and humane detail, “Larger Than Life” traces Aucoin’s story from his early years as a gangly, effeminate kid from small-town Louisiana to his days as an international fashion star. The film features a robust sense of visual momentum, provides context about the evolving state of the fashion industry, and benefits from a plethora of personal notes, letters, photos, films, and videos that compulsive self-documenter Aucoin collected and saved. “Larger Than Life” also makes clear just how radical Aucoin’s methods were — and how important they became to the subsequent development of the fashion industry. Well executed, compelling, and legitimately heartfelt, the documentary includes interviews with Aucoin’s family and childhood friends and such icons as Tori Amos, Christy Turlington, Isabella Rossellini, Isaac Mizrahi, Cher, and Kate Moss.