Pratt Institute will honor James Gager, senior vice president and group creative director at MAC Cosmetics and Jo Malone Worldwide, for his outstanding commitment to package design at its annual Art of Packaging Award Gala on May 19, 2015, at The University Club of New York. Gager will be introduced by John Demsey, group president of The Estée Lauder Companies. The event benefits the Marc Rosen Scholarship and Education Fund for Packaging by Design; the award is presented annually to a beauty industry company or individual that has excelled in the art of package design.
In his role, Gager has been instrumental in growing MAC into the top selling makeup artist brand in the world. He has conceptualized all creative activity, infusing the influences of fashion, pop culture, music and art into the more than 50 collections the brand launches yearly. In 2010, Jo Malone Worldwide was added to Gager’s creative direction.
Prior to joining MAC, Gager was the creative director for Prescriptives for 20 years, where he created groundbreaking campaigns for Virtual Skin and the trendsetting All Skins campaign, which identified the importance of reaching out to diverse consumers. Gager received a bachelor’s degree of industrial design and a master’s of science degree in packaging design from Pratt Institute.
Now in its 26th year, the Marc Rosen Scholarship and Education Fund for Packaging by Design fund is the world’s only scholarship for masters degree-level students looking to pursue careers in cosmetics and packaging design. To date, it has provided scholarships to 104 Pratt students, many of whom have become industry leaders.
MAC joins previous recipients including Aramis & Designer Fragrances, Estée Lauder, Avon, Bath & Body Works, Calvin Klein, Clinique, Coty Inc., Coty Prestige, Dior Beauty, Lancôme, Mary Kay Inc., P&G Prestige, Procter & Gamble, Ralph Lauren Fragrances and Shiseido.
For more information about the event and to buy tickets, call 1-212-925-2507.