Fringe benefits

Interview with Virginia Holmes, make-up artist and co-founder Fat Mu Pro make-up and academy

As a make-up artist for big-ticket films such as Slumdog Millionaire, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara and Zero Dark Thirty besides various other movies and ad campaigns, Virginia Holmes is constantly surrounded by all the trappings of ‘glamour’. Perhaps the reason that off-duty, she doesn’t like to talk about make-up or clothes. Or go shopping for them.

Jimmy Choo for H&M black fringe dress

Jimmy Choo for H&M black fringe dress

As a sporadic shopper who doesn’t end up buying clothes more than once or twice a year, you would imagine her wardrobe to be limited. You would, however, be wrong. “I am a hoarder,” says Virgina, laughing. There is a pair of pedal pushers from 17 years ago, her mum’s leg warmers from 1978 and a couple of tops from a shooting trip in Ladakh in 2003. She has a quirky sense of style and since her work takes her to different parts of India and abroad, her wardrobe is bursting with fun picks from all around.

Number of times worn: 0

Number of times worn: 0

On a rare shopping spree in London she bought a black fringe dress from the Jimmy Choo for H&M collaboration in 2009. The launch of this collection saw hundreds of fashion lovers around the world queue up for hours to get their hands on the merchandise.

But four years later the dress hangs around in the fringes of her wardrobe, price tag still in place. “I love the dress, but realised it doesn’t fit me too well. I’m sure there is someone else out there with the same style sensibility who will be able to put the dress to good use

photo (4)In the process of learning to detach herself from material posessions, Virginia cleared her wardrobe of a number of accessories and clothes for Fuffabulous. She wants to pass them on to “some young hipsters out there” who will love the clothes as much as she does. But there is one dress she is not able to part with. A stunning, white La Perla frock she bought 13-years-ago that still finds pride of place in her wardrobe, price-tag intact. “I’m saving it for my wedding in Vegas some day,” she grins

The dress is a UK size 12 but fits a UK 10 better. Paired with neon accessories or impossibly high strappy heels, the dress is a definite conversation starter.


Model friend: Kadambari Sadekar; Photos and styling: Rachana Nakra; Accessories: Stylist’s and model’s own


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