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  1. by SHOWstudio .

    RCA Graduate Fashion Show live stream 2015

    We are delighted to announce that SHOWstudio will be live streaming the Royal College of Art's renowned MA fashion show for the third year running. Founded by former Vogue editor Madge Garland in 1948, the highly acclaimed programme has helped train creatives including Philip Treacy, Christopher Bailey, Erdem and Peter Copping. Forty six young designers will graduate from the course this year (the first cohort to do so under new head of programme Zowie Broach), spanning menswear, womenswear, knitwear, footwear, accessories and millinery. Unlike previous years, the 2015 graduates will show their collections as a non-linear performance that promises to be a catwalk show unlike any other.

    Tune in on Wednesday 3 June at 19:30 BST to see the presentation as it happens. Can't wait until then? Revisit last year's show! 

  2. by SHOWstudio .

    Dont Miss Faustine Steinmetz: Sculpting Denim

    Following in the footsteps of the likes of Mary KatrantzouStephen JonesGareth Pugh and Iris van Herpen, up-and-coming denim doyenne, Faustine Steinmetz will be taking up residence in our London studio from the 3 to 5 June 2015 at 11:00 BST. Over the three days, Steinmetz will be elevating the most humble wardrobe staple and creating a unique, one-off denim garment live on camera. Opening her creative process to global viewers, Steinmetz will be taking questions on her approach and ideals during the three-day process. Ask a question via Sculpting Denim.

    Can't wait till then? Watch Claire Barrow showcase her iconic hand-painting technique for the LiveStudio segment of Flora

  3. by Lou Stoppard .

    Liberty McAnena Tumblr Takeover

    Here at SHOWstudio, we've been thinking lots about time and the interplay between the past and the future. Tumblr's a great springboard when considering these ideas - old imagery has a new life on there and work that can feel outdated and ordinary to some is considered fresh and exciting to a whole new generation. When working on our Unseen McQueen and The London Years series, we've been struck by the enthusiasm for archive footage and the popularity of early nineties and noughties editorials on social media. We're also in the midst of preparing to launch a new series, Print, which will look at the lasting influence of certain key music and fashion magazines on creatives working today. It will consider how the success and impact of a magazine can be measured by a lot more than its print run.

    With all this in mind, it feels apt to dedicate some time to revelling in nostalgia. So, in keeping with our tradition of handing the reins of our Tumblr over to a different contributor for the first week of every month, we've asked fashion history and theory graduate and active Tumblr-er Liberty McAnena to consider that theme over on our page. You'll know McAnena from her brilliant page Witches and Slippers and Hoods, which combined archive editorial imagery with poignant film stills and photography loosely tied around themes of youth, femininity and sensuality. Head to Tumblr from 1 to 7 June to watch her take-over our page.

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    Subjective: Kate Moss on Mario Sorrenti

    Watch the latest instalment of our ongoing Subjective series, in which Nick Knight reflects on the history of fashion photography from the perspective of the models. This week he speaks to British supermodel Kate Moss, who candidly discusses shooting Calvin Klein's Obsession campaign with her then-boyfriend Mario Sorrenti.

    Moss recalls the initial inspiration for the shoot: 'Calvin was really clever. He saw Mario's book and it was all pictures of me on holiday - it was obsession! I'd wake up in the morning and he'd be taking pictures. I'd be like, fuck off!' She also talks about moving to New York, the perils of dating a photographer and staying grounded: 'I was never like, 'Wow, look at me on the bus!' I'm from Croydon and if you get above your station, somebody will fucking knock you down!'

    Watch the exclusive interview now and don't forget to peruse the Subjective archive.

  5. by Lou Stoppard .

    2015's Aalto Arts Fashion Seminar

    Last weekend, I was invited to Helsinki to participate in the Aalto Arts Fashion Seminar for the second time. The discussion forms part of the Pre Helsinki program, which allows press and buyers the chance to get to know the work of Finnish creatives past and present.

    This year’s conference was titled Building Brands 3.0, following on from last year’s For Fashion’s Sake discussion, which can be watched here. It was chaired by A Magazine editor-in-chief Dan Thawley and featured fashion designer Damir Doma, consultant and fashion designer Susanne Deeken, Maria Luisa buying director Robin Schulie and consultant and SHOWstudio regular Mimma Viglezio. I also sat on the panel as co-chair.

    The talk was refreshingly honest - we debated the troubles and choices facing young fashion designers and professionals in today’s global climate, painting a realistic picture of the fashion industry as a complex mechanism, with many alternate routes to success. Specific themes discussed included the merits of international competitions like the LVMH Prize, ANDAM and Hyères Festival, ways of navigating the transition from school to internships and the problems with the current fashion show schedule and pace.

    The talk was a much-watch for young creatives, and aptly preceded the Aalto Arts 2015 graduate fashion show, which featured outstanding collections by Maria Suomalainen, Rolf Ekroth and Reea Peltola, to name a few. Us panelists were tasked with awarding the Naytos Prize, which we gave to Timo Helin for his quietly sensual collection, which perfectly united classic sports shapes with formalwear and showed off a real talent for colour. Luckily, the discussion was filmed and we’re thrilled to be able to release the footage on SHOWstudio - it will launch in the coming few days, so stay tuned. While you wait, revisit last year’s lengthy conversation featuring the likes of DJ Michel Gaubert and hatter Stephen Jones.

  6. by Andrew Smith .

    Central Saint Martins Fine Art Live Stream 2015

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    It was nearly three years ago that SHOWstudio began running panel discussions as part of their collections coverage. When the idea first emerged, it seemed near impossible, but with a great push from a dedicated team, I saw the impossible become a reality in only a few short weeks. It wasn’t long after witnessing this feat that I started my BA in Fine Art at Central Saint Martins. We also had a live stream dream, but our first live stream by contrast, was a shoddy affair: MacBooks scattered around the studio, aimed vaguely in the direction of some spectacle or other. The number of views reached a grand total of about three, two of which were probably us checking the stream was still running, leaving us to assume that the remaining viewer was someone’s mum who had successfully followed the link their child sent to them.

    Hopefully the CSM Fine Art Degree Show Live Stream 2015 is a far cry from that first broadcast.  In three years of art school, you see people grow immeasurably, and hopefully tonight, we will see our impossible become real. To mark the occasion, LaBeouf, Rönnkö & Turner will present their new work #INTRODUCTIONS as part of the live stream. The work is a collaboration with nearly forty of the graduating students in the show. So tune in today, 26 May, from 18:00 BST to enjoy the eclectic mix of visuals which offer a glimpse into CSM Fine Art 2015.

  7. by SHOWstudio .

    Watch the final edit of Terry Jones' In Fashion interview

    Edited footage of Terry Jones' In Fashion interview is now available! The i-D magazine founder sat down with SHOWstudio editor Lou Stoppard to discuss fanzines, breaking the rules at British Vogue and i-D's enduring success: 'The ethos was to break down categories so you couldn't be defined exactly... I think there was a purity in the idea. Identity is something that kind of goes on forever.'

    Watch the condensed coversation now and stay tuned for our next In Fashion interview with Oscar de la Renta creative director Peter Copping

  8. by SHOWstudio .

    Subjective: Naomi Campbell on Paolo Roversi

    Our rolling model interview series, Subjective, is back! This week Naomi Campbell recalls working with photographer Paolo Roversi on a shoot for Vogue Italia.

    In candid conversation with Nick Knight, the British supermodel discusses wearing a Mr Pearl corset for the couture story ('I love Mr Pearl but I almost fainted from one of those corsets in a show!), her relationship with Roversi - 'Always a gentelman but very clear about what he wants' - and composing the final image: 'I wanted to move but he told me to stay still. My hair's pulled back, I can't hide behind anything. I just feel like I'm raw there.'

    Watch the complete interview now and don't forget to peruse the Subjective archive.

  9. by SHOWstudio .

    It's the final week of our McQueen: The London Years film series

    We're almost at the end of our McQueen: The London Years analysis film series. Acclaimed fashion journalist and friend of the late Lee McQueen Susannah Frankel sat down with Nick Knight to unpick the collections pictured in Knight's images for AnOther magazine. So far they've discussed everything from the unique beauty of classic McQueen tailoring to his tenure at Givenchy and the now-iconic Bumster trouser: 'There was no doubt that Lee brought that in and everyone else sanitised it...It was really influential and it was powerfully erotic.'

    A new film will be released each day until 22 May - stay tuned!

  10. by SHOWstudio .

    Watch the final edit of Sarah Doukas' In Fashion interview

    Edited footage of Sarah Doukas' In Fashion interview is now avaialable! The Strom Models' founder and director sat down with SHOWstudio editor Lou Stoppard to discuss discovering Kate Moss, models vs actresses and why looks are nothing without personality; 'There is a skill yes, becuase you can be God-given gorgeous and unbelievably photogenic but perhaps you don't move in clothes and don't show the clothes well.'

    Watch the condensed conversation now and check out the rest of the In Fashion series. Up next: Peter Copping

     

  11. by SHOWstudio .

    In Fashion - Peter Saville and Peter Copping

    Missed yesterday's live In Fashion interview with Peter Saville? Catch up now with on-demand footage, available for a limited time only. The graphic designer and artist spoke to Lou Stoppard about his now-iconic album artwork for Factory Records, British pop culture and why he stays creative: 'To pay the rent!'

    But there's more! In Fashion returns on Wednesday 10 June with a live, in-depth conversation with British designer Peter Copping of Oscar de la Renta. Following stints at Christian Lacroix, Sonia Rykiel, Louis Vuitton and Nina Ricci, Copping was handpicked by Mr de la Renta shortly before his passing to become the label’s new creative director.

    Tune in live at 11.00 BST to hear Copping discuss his illustrious career, honouring Oscar’s legacy and his visions for the label’s future. While you wait, don't forget to browse the rest of the In Fashion archive.

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    SHOWstudio take-over at Graduate Fashion Week

    We are very excited to announce that we will be taking over the photo studio at Graduate Fashion Week on Saturday 30 May! 

    Using the Xbox Kinect infrared laser scanner and the latest 3D scanning software, we will be asking sitters to remain still for up to 2 minutes, as individuals or in groups, whilst we capture their likeness. A 15 second animated video will then be sent directly to the sitter(s) to share to their own social media outlets. Sitters can decide from a variety of materials to be rendered in - whether burning chrome, oil or others - to encourage individuality and self expression through a new type of portrait sitting.

    We have been experimenting with 3D scanning for over 15 years to capture the likes of Daphne GuinnessKanye WestNaomi Campbell and the Victoria's Secret Angels for projects in music, advertising and editorial thresholds. Graduate Fashion Week trustee, Hilary Alexander OBE has been the first to be 3D scanned by SHOWstudio for this project, see her film on the @OfficialGFW Instagram page now!

    Guests with tickets to the exhibition or catwalk shows on Saturday 30 May have the opportunity to take part in the activities with SHOWstudio on the day on a first come first serve basis, so don't hesitate to drop by! 

    Tickets for Graduate Fashion Week are available here.

  13. by SHOWstudio .

    Watch the final edit of Nasir Mazhar's In Fashion interview

    Edited footage of Nasir Mazhar's candid In Fashion interview is now available! The London designer sat down with SHOWstudio editor Lou Stoppard to discuss growing up, the Nasir 'gang' and why he disagrees with the way his clothes are categorsied: 'It’s just fashion. I think it’s kind of rude to call it streetwear. Or sportswear. You don’t play sport in it, do you? Why don’t they just call it fashion?'

    Watch the condensed conversation now and check out the rest of the In Fashion series. Up next: Peter Saville

  14. by SHOWstudio .

    Nick Knight shoots Craig Green's debut campaign!

    We are delighted to announce Nick Knight’s collaboration with esteemed menswear designer Craig Green. The pair have united to create Green's first brand campaign, promoting his Autumn/Winter 15 collection. 

    Since his graduate collection received the L’Oreal Professional Creative Award and was nominated for the Design Museum’s Design of the Year 2013, Green's career has gone from strength to strength. SHOWstudio has followed Green’s ascent closely. Knight explains, 'There's a brilliant tension to Craig's work - on one hand it's so simple and pure, rooted in ideas of traditional masculine work wear, but on the other it's so dynamic, so theatrical - full of energy and movement. That combination is what makes it so special to photograph.'

    The campaign has been confirmed to run in a number of media print titles later this year. In addition, Knight and Green have produced a film, which will be released in the lead up to London Collections Men exclusively on SHOWstudio. 

    On working with Knight on this exciting project Green commented, 'I have always been a huge admirer of Nick's work, he has incredible vision and technical skill and this comes through in so many varied ways. He really understood what we wanted to express and the energy of the Autumn Winter ‘15 collection. The support of Nick, his team and SHOWstudio has been incredible.'

    Keep your eyed peeled for the outcome of this dynamic collaboration. Why not revisit Lou Stoppard’s interview with Green while you wait?

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