January 8, 2015

Each year, the Pratt Institute presents the Art of Packaging Award to an individual or company in the beauty industry that has shone brightly in the form of package design. This year, the recipient is James Gager, senior vice president and creative group director of M·A·C Cosmetics and Jo Malone Worldwide, for commitment to packaging design.

According to Beauty Packaging, Gager will be introduced by John Demsey, group president of The Estée Lauder Companies, at the Art of Packaging Award Gala on May 19, 2015, at The University Club of New York. The event benefits the Marc Rosen Scholarship and Education Fund for Packaging by Design. This fund is the world’s only scholarship for master’s degree level students seeking careers in cosmetics and packaging design.

Recipient James Gager

Gager is credited with playing a vital role in M·A·C’s rise to the number one makeup artist brand in the world. Since 1999 he’s worked as creative director and senior vice president, he’s found ways to incorporate current fashion, music, and art into the over 50 collections released annually by the brand. In 2010, he expanded his creativity by joining Jo Malone Worldwide.

Before working with these brands, James Gager received a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design and a master’s of science in Packaging Design from the Pratt Institute. For 20 years, he was the creative director for Prescriptives creating campaigns for Virtual Skin, most notably the All Skin campaign.

Click here to learn more about last year’s award.