LEON VON SOLMS

LEON VON SOLMS

Biography

LEON STUDIED FINE ART AND TEXTILE DESIGN IN THE EARLY 80,S AT CAPE TECHNIKON IN CAPE TOWN. WHILE HE WAS STUDYING HE HAD A CHANCE MEETING WITH TONI SHAW WHO WAS A MAKE UP ARTIST IN ARTSCAPE THEATRE WHICH STARTED A LIFE LONG FRIENSHIP AND CAREER AS A MAKE UP ARTIST.

AFTER FINISHING STUDYING LEON HAD A CLOTHING LABEL/ LYNX AND A 9 YEAR APPRENTICE AT ARTSCAPE THEATRE UNDER LONDON WIG MAKER, LAWRENCE HUCKSTEP.

DURING THE 90,S LEON CLOSED THE CLOTHING STUDIO AND BECAME A SUCCESFULL MAKE UP DESIGNER IN THE FILM INDUSTRY WORKING WITH SUCH STARS AS JULIETTE BINOCHE AS HER PERSONAL MAKE UP ARTIST. IN 2009 LEON WAS MAKE UP DESIGNER FOR DISTRICT 9 AND IN THE SAME YEAR LAUNCHED A NEW CLOTHING LABEL IN JOHANNESBURG.

IN 2010 LEON WON 2 AWARDS IN HOLLYWOOD FOR MAKE UP DESIGN ON DISTRICT 9.

GOLDEN DERBY / OFTA

LEON IS CURRENTLY LIVING IN JOHANNESBURG WORKING ON HIS 2 CLOTHING LABELS – MADE BY LEON  / A STREET WEAR RANGE USING FABRICS HE HAND PAINTS AND LEYON WHICH IS THE EXCLUSIVE LABEL EXPLORING THE RICH LANSCAPE OF AFRICA AND IT’S PEOPLE.

LEON HAS INCORPORATED HIS MAKE UP DESIGN WITH HIS LEYON RANGE EXPLORING THE VAST POSSIBILITIES OF THE HUMAN SPIR