Underwood reminisces about her involvement with Alexander McQueen, her work with Harrods and her artistic preferences.
Their 'subconscious' research reflects their obsession with boys with shaved heads and reflects today's copy and paste generation. Their week-long image curation is now halfway through, be sure to peruse the rest of REMEMBER YOU WERE MADE TO BE USED's digital research on the SHOWstudio Tumblr page!
The panels discuss the stand-out collections from each city as well as broader themes such as gender, politics, digital and social media and creative direction.
Our 'Transformative' series examines the fashion world through the eyes of the best stylists, hair stylists and make up artists of the industry.
In the latest instalment, Nick Knight interviews hairstylist Eugene Souleiman about working with Björk on the cover of her 2011 album, Biophilia, photographed by Inez and Vinoodh. ‘Björk was fixated by Hollywood redheads,’ Souleiman explains as he talks to Knight about the thought-process and ideas behind the red wig. ‘I wanted to make her hair like a cloud.’
In keeping with our tradition of handing the reins of SHOWstudio's Tumblr over to a different contributor for the first week of every month, multi-media platform REMEMBER YOU WERE MADE TO BE USED will be curating our Tumblr for the next week.
Exploring the way today's copy and paste generation consumes images, REMEMBER YOU WERE MADE TO BE USED exists across a multitude of platforms, from Instagram to an online 'subconscious' reasearch and their most recent film collaboration with London MAN designer Rory Parnell-Mooney.
Head over to the SHOWstudio Tumblr page to browse their digital research and imagery!
We were saddened to hear the terrible news of Zaha Hadid's death earlier today.
The architectural pioneer, known for her distinctively futuristic, powerful and curving forms, who was the first female and first Muslim recipient of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, and honoured with an OBE and DBE titles, will be sorely missed and her death is a great loss for the future of the craft.
To commemorate the amazing woman and her talents, look back at 'Four-Tell,' a film where she discusses womanhood and the importance of female role models.
Image is an illustration of Zaha Hadid by the very talented artist Jessica May Underwood
Miu Miu unveiled the latest instalment in their Women’s Tales film series in New York over New York Fashion Week. Seed is directed by the Japanese filmmaker Naomi Kawase whose most recent film Still The Water was in the main competition at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.
On a snowy New York afternoon, Kawase admitted to not knowing much about Miu Miu, or Prada for that matter, prior to being approached by them. 'I saw the collection and I was inspired by the fabrics, the chiffon, and the vivid colors', the director said a few hours before the screening. She had already wanted to work with the actress Sakura Ando, whom Kawase described as 'naturally wild, a very vivid actress - she's very athletic, like cloth' and, rather serendipitously, the turning fall colours of the trees around her reminded her of those nice clothes that she saw at Miu Miu.
Such appreciation for natural beauty is a running thread throughout Kawase’s work, often shot in her birthplace, Nara. Seed also begins in the forests and waterfalls of Nara before we, alongside Sakura’s character, are transported right in the middle of Tokyo’s urban cacophony. Is this then another argument for nature over city? Refreshingly, the answer is no. 'There is nature in the city as well' the director argues, 'I am not denying the urban lifestyle, we should accept what’s around us.' In fact, Seed celebrates the human, and it can be argued particularly female, talent for adapting to our surroundings and learning from them. Like Sakura’s strange fairy of a creature who exchanges an apple for a piece of chiffon with an old homeless man. He marvels at the beauty of the fruit, she plays with the billowing material in the streets of Tokyo. 'She came to the city and gained a new world so when she returns to nature, to the water she came from, she’s not the same anymore. It’s a new beginning', Kawase explains. 'It doesn’t matter where you are, you can explore, learn and adapt' and then adds, 'Even in wild nature there’ something artificial.'
Interestingly, Kawase felt liberated as a filmmaker working on a project for a fashion brand. 'This was the first time I was asked to make the project as freely as I wished', she exclaims. This new experience gave her a new appreciation of collaboration – for example, she worked with the Japanese band Sakanaction on the film’s score, which blends natural and digital sounds. 'More possibilities', she repeats to underscore her point.
Revisit the ready-to-wear A/W 16 season with our live panel discussions. Lou Stoppard and industry experts will be rounding up the NYFW, LFW, MFW and PFW shows, discussing the highlights and notable trends.
Follow our schedule below to stay up-to-date:
New York Fashion Week: 30 March at 11:00 GMT
Lou Stoppard, SHOWstudio editor.
Alex Fury, writer
Amy de la Haye, professor
Lucy Moore, director of Claire de Rouen Books
London Fashion Week: 30 March at 16:00 GMT
Lou Stoppard, SHOWstudio editor.
Mandi Lennard, fashion PR
Hilary Alexander, writer
Richard Mortimer, writerMilan Fashion Week: 31 March at 11:00 GMTPanelists:Lou Stoppard, SHOWstudio editor.Andrew Davis, stylistMimma Viglezio, editorAnna Murphy, fashion directorHilary Alexander, writerJessica Bumpus, writerParis Fashion Week: 31 March at 16:00 GMTPanelists:Lou Stoppard, SHOWstudio editor.Lucy Norris, writer and historianMandi Lennard, fashion PRReba Maybury, editorWhile you wait, peruse our 'Collections' page to stay up to date with everything A/W 16.
The final instalment of SHOWstudio's 'David Bowie: Oooh Fashion!' series is now available!
To celebrate the enduring legacy of David Bowie on the fashion industry, SHOWstudio are releasing a series of exclusive films from Nick Knight's archive that connect to the late musician.
This week sees the release of behind-the-scenes footage of Nick Knight photographing David Bowie for his 'Black Tie White Noise' album cover. Footage of our live panel at the V&A is also available to watch on SHOWstudio and an essay by writer Paul Gorman will be released this week.
Be sure to take a look at at the entire project for behind-the-scenes footage of Kate Moss wearing David Bowie's costumes, and our specially commissioned David Bowie illustrations by artists such as Rob Phillips, Fiona Gourlay and Jenifer Corker.
Celebrated fashion illustrator, Jessica May Underwood, joins SHOWstudio's editor Lou Stoppard 'In Conversation' at a V&A Connects event on the evening of 22 March. The illustrator will be discussing her career, commissions from luxury brands such as Alexander McQueen and Vivienne Westwood, and her editorial work. Underwood will also talk about what inspires her illustrations and the trajectory of her career. The event will be recorded and will be available to view on SHOWstudio in a few days. In the meantime, you can follow the event live through SHOWstudio's Twitter and Periscope.
'Satori' is an experimental feature-length art film created by New York based, video and performance artist Erica Schreiner. The film was shot over two years, entirely on VHS camera with Schreiner in the role of performer, director, camerman, writer and editor.
The film was created and funded independently by Schreiner and is an intriguing work of art that questions an artist's struggle between cultivating personal passion and working to survive.
This film marks the fifth collaboration between Schuller and Dice Kayek and was premiered at Fashion Week Istanbul on March 16. It features Kayek's latest S/S 16 collection that explores what designer Ece Ege describes as 'the funny side of cute', using light fabrics, neutral colours and minimalist shapes.
The film draws on the surreal and the often absurd process of creating fashion imagery. Half-finished sets and lighting gear float like islands in the white studio, whilst the crew become inadvertent extras in the raw and unpolished film.
Michel Gaubert, the prestigious sound director who has produced the soundtracks for some of the greatest runway shows and fashion houses, has collaborated with Chloë Sevigny and Régime des Fleurs to create a series of soundscapes.
The project titled Prayer to Saint Therese is a collaborative sonic project between Gaubert, Sevigny and the Los Angeles fragrance house Régime des Fleurs. Sevigny recites the titular poem, of the same name, written by Régime des Fleurs, while Gaubert and a selection of specially curated collaborators score the poem in their own unique interpretations. These musicians include Johnny Jewel from the Chromatics, JD Twitch, Io Echo and Peaking Lights.
Listen to the soundscapes on SHOWstudio and read our exclusive interview with Gaubert.
The collection contains a studded blouson leather jacket with two images from Knight's 'Paint Explosion, 2015,' as well as a silk dress featuring 'Rose 2' by Knight, created using an innovative printing process and a cashmere silk mix scarf with the same image.
Shop the exclusive pieces on SHOWstudio/MACHINE-A now and wear one of these pieces of art yourself.
The next instalment of SHOWstudio's 'David Bowie: Oooh Fashion!' series is now available!
To celebrate the enduring legacy of David Bowie on the fashion industry, SHOWstudio are releasing a series of exclusive films from Nick Knight's archive that connect to the late musician and fashion icon.
The latest film is more behind-the-scenes footage of Nick Knight shooting Kate Moss for the May 2003 issue of Vogue. Moss wears the waistcoat and trousers by Ola Hudson for the film The Man Who Fell To Earth (1976).
Watch the latest film and catch up on the previous films in the series. Be sure to stay tuned for more including unseen footage of Nick Knight photographing the man himself and footage from our David Bowie panel taking place at the V&A museum.
Edison Chen, joins SHOWstudio for an In Your Face interview. Orignally from Canada, Edison Chen is a Hong Kong star with an impressive resume as an actor, musician, producer, entrepeneur, and fashion designer. Chen is a breakout star in the Hong Kong entertainment industry, with critically acclaimed turns in the Infernal Affairs films and several 'Cantopop' and Hip Hop albums. The interview is a part of our In Your Face series, a twist on the usual interview format that pits the interviewer against interviewee in a confrontational conversation, pushing the boundaries of a typical one-on-one face off. Chen opens up to SHOWstudio editor Lou Stoppard in a no-holds-barred discussion.
Watch the full candid interview exclusively on SHOWstudio!