1. by Lou Stoppard .

    Karene B in Annelie Gross' Manus Hyperton

    Today, to coincide with our Prosthetics season, we've been shooting and 3D scanning Annelie Gross's Defects collections of objects. Alongside capturing stills of the pieces, we've also been complimenting their focus on distortion by using the Xbox Kinect to scan them, creating awkward, interrupted interactives. Check back in the coming weeks for the launch of this exciting project...

  2. by Lou Stoppard .

    The 3D technology in action

    We're in the process of 3D scanning Annelie Gross' Scoliosis piece, which distorts the body from the waist. We're trying out some new technologies today - here's a screen grab of us 3D scanning our model in the studio using the Xbox Kinect...

  3. by Lou Stoppard .

    3D Scanning using the Xbox Kinect

    Today, we're working with the hugely talented Annelie Gross to produce a new project to launch alongside our upcoming Prosthetics SHOWcabinet. We're working with Gross' Defects collection of objects, which she produced for her final project at LCF. The artefacts were inspired by her background growing up in a family of orthopedic technicians and prostheses constructors and play with fashion's fascination with distorting the body.

    Her pieces are being modelled by the gorgeous Karene B who will be using her dancing skills to show off the objects' full effect on the body.

    Jon Emmony is recording the looks on the body by using the Xbox Kinect as a 3D scanner. This captures a live mesh of the model and pieces that will then be exported. Stay tuned for more details and images soon!


    1. john
      12:16 13 Apr 2013
      Looks so exciting.
      Please post pictures.
  4. by Lou Stoppard .

    Amazing beetle wings!

    Last night the wonderful Oriole Cullen popped into SHOWstudio to take part in our Lanvin live panel discussion. A real bank of fashion history, she noted that Alber Elbaz's incredible beetle print could have been a modern interpretation of a traditional technique that saw beetle shells embroidered onto opulent evening wear. Look at this incredible image she's just sent through!

    For more fascinating insights review our on-demand Lanvin live panel now!

  5. by Lou Stoppard .

    Bobby Gillespie talks '2013'

    Inspired by her work with Reptile Youth, Primal Scream's Bobby Gillespie selected rising artistic talent - and SHOWstudio discovery - Rei Nadal to direct the video for the band's latest release. Inspired by the pointed lyrics of 2013, the full nine minute video unpicks themes of dissent, anger and unrest using the signature dark yet romantic visuals that Nadal promoted on her Tumblr. As we launch an exclusive 9 minute version of the work, Bobby Gillespie tells us the ideas and inspirations behind the dynamic new video...

    'I discovered Rei after my wife Katy England came back from a meeting with Nick Knight who showed her some Tumblr blogs he was grooving on. Rei was the main one Nick was enthusing about. There was a film she made for a band called Reptile Youth that I thought was great in terms of the images she had chosen and the way they were edited. Seeing this film gave me the idea that we maybe shared a similar aesthetic. I got in touch with Rei and we met up and  had a good talk and I played her some music and we started sending each other our favourite Tumblrs/blogs and we took it from there.' Read the full interview here.

    Watch Rei Nadal's video for 2013 now!

  6. by Lou Stoppard .

    The amazing Fred Butler has launched a pop-up shop!

    SHOWstudio friend - and stalwart collections panelist - Fred Butler has launched an amazing pop-up shop!

    Here at SHOWstudio we love it when people push the boundaries of how fashion is presented, so we are thrilled that Fred has decided to present her Autumn/Winter collection - tongue-twistingly titled 'Wham Bam, Tangram Famalam' with a public pop-up space in London’s Seven Dials that combines installation, fashion film, space design and consumer retail - the aim being to 'redefine the role of seasonality and exclusivity within contemporary fashion today'.

    The collection is inspired by the strong geometric shapes of the ancient Chinese Tangram puzzles, as well as Fred's love of the Spectro-Magnificent Rainbow Palette. Alongside signature bespoke showpieces, you can get your hands on bold printed iPad, laptop and iPhone cases, silk scarves, clutch bags, totes, tees, greetings cards and stickers alongside British manufactured necklaces, earrings, key-rings and bracelets. Fred's also introduced precious metals for first time this season, so be sure to check out her small range of luxury Jewellery.

    To visit Fred's pop-up for yourself head over to 53 Monmouth Steet, WC2, in Covent Garden's Seven Dials!

  7. by Lou Stoppard .

    Feminism in Fashion panel talk at the V&A

    On Friday I was honoured to speak at the V&A on the topic of Feminism in Fashion as part of their V&A Connects series. I was on a panel alongside the wonderful fashion commentator Caryn Franklin and the great fashion filmmaker and curator Kathryn Ferguson. We were kept in order by writer, critic and tutor (and SHOWstudio friend) Hywel Davies. Here at SHOWstudio we've been championing discussion and debate around gender for a while - just see our Selling Sex exhibition, our Fashion Fetish film and essay series and our recently launched Studs project - so it's great to see that others think the important topic is worthy of discussion. People tend to incorrectly assume that the arts are a female-friendly arena, filled with equal opportunities for both sexes. While fashion, art and film certainly have some amazing female figureheads, the truth is that women remain woefully underrepresented across the board. This imbalance was discussed at length during the panel talk, as were the images that fashion promotes of women and the industry's largely regressive attitude towards the female form. We were blessed with an incredibly passionate and informed audience who were keen to grill us on our own personal experiences and thoughts, all while making their concerns heard.

    If you're a feminist - or even better a fashionable feminist - check out our Fashion Fetish initiative for emotive films by a range of fantastic female artists and creatives, as well as informed essays - many of which directly cite feminist literature - from contributors such as Erika Eiffel, Susannah Frankel, Valerie Steele and Harriet Walker. Do let us know your thoughts on the project - and on the issue of feminism in fashion in general - on our Twitter.

    A big thanks to the V&A and Alexandra Plesner for organising and hosting such a great evening, and to my fellow panelists for providing such incredible food for thought. Image credit: @MegawhatDesign

  8. by Lou Stoppard .

    Maran Coates takes on the Giles Deacon Design Download

    Our wonderful band of interns were so excited by our Giles Deacon Design Download that they decided to have a go at making it themselves! Headed up by the brilliant Maran Coates, our current editorial intern, the team set to work crafting The Troubadour in electric neoprene. And, showing off the full creative potential of the pattern, they also put a personal stamp on Giles' creation by eschewing the full length sleeves in favour of a cropped puffed cap sleeve. Saucy. See the first ode to The Troubadour take shape here - and don't forget you too can craft this gorgeous frock thanks to our downloadable pattern. Be sure and send in images of your creation via Twitter (@SHOWstudio #DesignDownload) and/or email ( for the chance to see your work displayed online in our submissions gallery. The best creation, as chosen by Giles and Nick Knight, will win a starring role in a special SHOWstudio fashion film!


    1. robbie
      12:41 3 Jan 2013
      Hi When is the deadline for the G Deacon project
  9. by Lou Stoppard .

    Betony Vernon in the studio!

    Earlier today, the gorgeous Betony Vernon dropped by to give us a sneak peek of her new book, The Boudoir Bible: The Uninhibited Sex Guide for Today (Rizzoli). Check out Betony's bag of tricks, and stay tuned for an exclusive interview - coming early next year.

  10. by Lou Stoppard .

    Coming soon: Giles Deacon Design Download

    Launched in 2002, SHOWstudio's Design Download initiative has a simple and direct aim: to help demystifying the fashion process by offering prestigious designer garment patterns for download via the Internet. Over the last decade we've offered up patterns from legends such as Alexander McQueen, Yohji Yamamoto, Junya Watanabe, Gareth Pugh, Stephen Jones, Martin Margiela, John Galliano and Antony Price. We are now gearing up to launch the ninth installment - a download from the wonderful Giles Deacon. The pattern (which will be available imminently) hails from his nature-inspired Autumn/Winter 2007 collection, and will ensure that everyone can have a drop of Giles magic in their wardrobe! Check out this sneak peak of the dress (shot by Nick Knight for a celebratory fashion film) and stay tuned for our exciting, and top secret, competition - details coming soon!

  11. by Lou Stoppard .

    New Fashion Fetish essay live!

    'There is a belief that there is ‘normal’ sexuality – between one man and one woman, in the context of a stable, monogamous relationship, with half an eye on reproduction. All other sorts of sexuality are abnormal, deviant, immoral, unnatural, perverted...'

    After a brief hiatus over Collections our Fashion Fetish series has resumed with the launch of our final few essays. Responding to Lily Donaldson's amusing amature porn inspired piece - which drew inspiration from fetish group 'the furries' - writer and cultural critic Alison Bancroft has offered up an essay that explores the interplay between fetish and trouble. There couldn't be a more qualified writer for this project - Bancroft specialises in sexuality, modern culture and fashion and this year published a book titled Fashion and Psychoanalysis. Her essay offers an informed discussion of the percieved difference between 'normal' and 'abnormal' intercourse and the existance of a feminine masquerade.

    The piece, which draws on the work of sexuality and gender doyens such as Sigmund Freud and Michele Montrelay, is live in our project. Read it now.

  12. by Lou Stoppard .

    A brand new Tumblr curation starts tomorrow, 1 November

    Each month SHOWstudio hands the reins of our Tumblr over to a guest curator, offering them the chance to turn our page into their personal scrapbook of images, artwork and text. Past curators include acclaimed stylists Simon Foxton, Ellie Cumming and Anna Trevelyan, alongside artists Rei Nadal, Peter de Potter and Aaron Moore.

    November's curator is Dutch multimedia artist Laura Dettingmeijer, who has already garnered attention for her unique Tumblr page Dettingmeijer's approach centres on creating new worlds by combining colours, images and music. Check our Tumblr from tomorrow to see her dreamworlds take shape...


    1. Mas
      08:46 10 Jan 2013
      Thank you Dawn! I am so excited to reeivce this I am an big Disney fan and have many things. I have been to Disneyland many times my next trip is Florida. Your news letter gives me ideas for my trip.
  13. by Lou Stoppard .

    Atsuko Kudo's 'Restricted Love'

    You wouldn't typically associate latex and lingerie with female emancipation. But, Lingerie London - an evening dedicated to all of Britain's best smalls and drawers - promises just that, in the form of a catwalk show at Old Billingsgate that will explore the empowerment of women through luxury lingerie. Showing as part of the presentation will be latex expert Atsuko Kudo, making this event home to one of the first ever full-scale ladies latex-wear shows.

    Kudo's latest collection will be going on a romantic wander by exploring unfulfilled love. Drawing on Wong Kar-wai’s film In the Mood For Love, the range will play with bitter-sweet emotions, presenting a vision of a woman 'walking and living through memories, existing in sensuality, sexuality, self expression, liberation, pain and joy.' The toying between suppression and expression is aptly fetishistic for a designer who, since 2000, has chosen to work solely with latex.

    To get a sneak peak at the looks that will be on show, check out these exclusive sketches and swatches from Atsuko herself or, for a masterclass in how to swath oneself in latex, revisit our sensual Dressing For Pleasure LiveStudio from our Selling Sex series. For more rubbernecking, tune into SHOWstudio later this week for full images and backstage action from the show.

    Recent comments

    1. Camille Lingerie
      09:41 13 Nov 2012
      I love these designs. I love how original they are, especially the second design, and the patterns and colours that have been used.
    2. Linda
      17:54 8 Jan 2013
      Wow. Latex is not a fabric that I have for one intsnat associated with high fashion, style or elegance Until I saw this post. You really do have a knack for styling, particularly monochromatic pieces, and by putting yourself in it, you intsnatly took this design to a new level of sophistication. Although I have to admit that I a: do not understand the Underworld series and b: have no plans to experiment with latex fashions any time in the foreseeable future, you do call to mind Kate Beckinsale's death dealing character and make the possibility of dressing like a fantasy character seem infinitely more appealing to conversatively dressed girls like me xox,Cee
  14. by Lou Stoppard .

    Window shopping with Nick Knight

    If you are lucky enough to be pounding the Parisian pavements then head over to retail heaven Colette to check out the newly unveiled Garage window. The display celebrates the magazine's recently released fourth issue, which features a Lichtenstein-inspired cover created by our very own Nick Knight.

    For an extra pop hit, visit our WHAAM! project where you can enjoy backstage footage from the shoot and exclusive moving imagery showing Lindsey Wixson in character as a cheated girlfriend (with a little help from captions by gossip mogul Perez Hilton). Remember, hell hath no fury like a Wixson scorned...

  15. by Lou Stoppard .

    Alice Hawkins in conversation with Alex Fury

    Tonight, as part of Frieze London, acclaimed photographer and filmmaker (and SHOWstudio fave) Alice Hawkins is screening four of her wonderful films at The Bethnal Green Hotel. The pieces on show include past SHOWstudio exclusives such as Hello Rory, The Good Life and Museum of Costume. Additionally, after the screening there will be a Q&A with LOVE editor, SHOWstudio alumnus, Alice superfan and all round great guy Alex Fury.

    Sad you can't be there? Of course you are. But fret not! SHOWstudio is filming the whole affair as part of our In Conversation series. Stay tuned for our forthcoming on-demand footage for the chance to hear Alex and Alice in all their glory.

    And, in the meantime, revisit Alice's best work on SHOWstudio...

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