For Halloween 2015, Veuve Clicquot partnered with Nick Knight and SHOWstudio on the first installment of The Widow Series.
Knight commissioned designers, illustrators and performance artists to create bespoke work revolving around the theme, A Beautiful Darkness. The event, held on 28 October 2015 in the former Central Saint Martins building, came alive with creative energy from the many guests and contributors including Gareth Pugh, Scott Campbell and Lady Amanda Harlech.
In keeping with SHOWstudio’s inclusive nature, Knight asked fellow fashion filmmakers - both established and upcoming - to create a series of horror fashion films. The five works are now available to view. Jeff Vash traced the search for sin and pleasure in a film inspired by Dutch artist, Hieronymus Bosch, while Rei Nadal and Ellie Grace Cumming reflected our childhood fears in a classic horror short. Long-time SHOWstudio collaborator, Ruth Hogben, worked with designer Gareth Pugh to create a film exploring the internal conflict that is chaos versus control. Knight also responded to his own brief with the help of stylist Charlotte Stockdale, referencing cult horrors and snippets of folklore on the bodies of Ruth Bell, Binx Walton and more.
Knight also continued his commitment to fashion illustration by asking 22 artists to depict key S/S 16 looks as chosen by Ellie Grace Cumming. View the exclusive macabre artworks from the likes of Unskilled Worker, Ozabu and Laura Laine in our illustration gallery. Each illustration is available to purchase in our online shop.
The entire list of creatives and their corresponding work can also be viewed. See how guests were greeted by Thom Browne-clad mourners and take a look at Gareth Pugh’s clown-like creations. Get an inside look at the Cinema Room and Veuve Clicquot Tasting Room as well as spaces designed by the likes of Amanda Harlech, Claire Barrow and taxidermist Rose Robson.
Don’t miss the chance to see all the imagery from the night including IMMA/MESS’ liberating performance, Russian clairvoyant Pavel’s psychic readings and Craig K. Talbot’s chilling reading of Edgar Allen Poe.