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    Alexander Fury offers an ode to the great Mrs Prada

    Following Rebecca Gonsalves’ Ugly essay exploring the impacts of social media and street style on the fashion industry, SHOWstudio’s Ugly series takes a turn back to its origins. The project was inspired by Miuccia Prada’s statement that, ‘ugly is attractive, ugly is exciting. Maybe because it is newer’ and this new essay is the natural product of its nexus. Prada obsessive and sharp tongued wordsmith Alexander Fury lucidly interprets Mrs Prada’s 'glorification of the anti, the counter and the ugly.'

    Fury explores Prada’s unique and ‘illogical’ approach to design, describing her signature as ‘psychological rather than physical’. 'Like the surrealists before her, she questions our subconscious desires. That sounds like heavy weight cant to throw around a frock-monger, but Prada’s glorification of the anti, the counter and the ugly, is fundamentally about making us desire what received opinion deems undesirable’, explains Fury.

    Read the essay now or explore the series as a whole!

  2. by SHOWstudio .

    Alek Wek on Herb Ritts

    Alek Wek is the latest supermodel to share her experience of creating an iconic image as part of our Subjective interview series. 

    Revisiting a Herb Ritts image taken very early on in her career in the late nineties, Wek goes into depth on the importance of knowing oneself, trusting the team around her and having a moral code, as well as the details of the shoot itself. Having emigrated from South Sudan only years earlier, Wek was unaware of Ritts' work and the industry in general. 'It was very overwhelming at the beginning with all of those circumstances… but the one thing I said to myself is if, I'm going to do this, I'm going to do this because I want to be accepted for the woman I am… and not as somebody else!'' she explains to Nick Knight.

    Watch Wek's interview now!

  3. by SHOWstudio .

    A new Ugly essay by Rebecca Gonsalves

    Over the past few weeks, acclaimed writers have been investigating various facets of 'ugly' fashion as part of our Ugly project. This time round The Independent's assistant fashion editor Rebecca Gonsalves explored the impact of social media, street style and the fast pace of the industry on dress and design.

    Reflecting on ideas of peacocking and conspicuous consumption, Gonsalves looks at the way we approach fashion post-recession. 'It seems that flattery is the furthest thing from many designers’ minds, as they push the boundaries of classical taste. But fashion ugly isn’t just the antithesis of traditional ideas of beauty – its current incarnation alludes to intelligence and social comment heavily laced with irony,' she conjectures. 

    Read Gonsalves' essay now and explore the rest of the series!

  4. by SHOWstudio .

    Men's collections begin this weekend!

    The London Collections: Men begin on Sunday 15 June! To whet your appetite for the upcoming fashion weeks check out Charles Jeffrey's illustrations of London-based menswear designer Sebastiaan Pieter's A/W 14 collection! Last season was Pieter's LC:M debut, which made quite an impression on the fashion crowd (remember Charlie Porter waxing lyrical about the collection in the London round-up panel?) Jeffrey's illustrations perfectly encapsulate the way Pieter's designs play with typical notions of gender and masculinity. You can buy similar one-off drawings by Jeffrey at SHOWstudio Shop!

  5. by SHOWstudio .

    SHOWstudio x C.E is here!
    Shop the collection now

    You can now browse the SHOWstudio x C.E collaboration on SHOWstudio Shop! The long awaited capsule collection features t-shirts and a sweatshirt with bespoke graphics designed by musician Oneohtrix Point Never (OPN). 

    Fans of the Japanese streetwear label will also love this exclusive video by C.E, Chloe Feinberg and OPN, and should stay tuned for an absorbing interview with designer Sk8thing.

    Shop the collaboration now!

  6. by Marie Schuller .

    Be Next Festival comes to a close
    Lara Quint takes home 'Best Collection' prize

    After four days of workshops, talks, fashion showrooms and presentations on the beautiful Georgian coastline, the Be Next International Art and Fashion Festival comes to a close. 

    An international jury featuring amongst others, designer Josephus Thimister and fashion photographer Jean-Daniel Lorieux,  had the chance to meet all 23 participating designers and observe their work in a showroom presentation. But it was the final fashion show at the beautiful Batumi Opera that singled out the winner.

    Finally, it was Ukrainien Lara Quint who took home the prize of 'Best Collection'. Her collection convinced with a strong overall direction and concept - watch her work here!

     

     

  7. by SHOWstudio .

    Exclusive film by C.E!

    Get ready! SHOWstudio’s exciting collaboration with Japanese streetwear brand CavEmpt drops tomorrow! C.E, a label launched in 2012 by Sk8thing and Toby Feltwell, have designed a new limited run capsule collection that includes t-shirts and jumpers. Oneohtrix Point Never (OPN) designed the graphic on the t-shirts, which you can purchase through SHOWstudio Shop from tomorrow!

    We'll also be dropping an interview with Sk8thing very shortly! While you wait, check out this exclusive video by C.E! The film by Chloe Feinberg features an animated version of the OPN graphic. Watch it now and be sure to visit SHOWstudio Shop tomorrow to shop the collection!

  8. by SHOWstudio .

    A new fashion film featuring RCA footwear and accessories

    For the second year running SHOWstudio teamed up with The Royal College of Art to celebrate their MA graduate fashion show, which features work by menswear, womenswear, knitwear, accessories, footwear and millinery graduates. We streamed the show live on 29 May 14, and have since been releasing films that celebrate the fashion on show. The third and final film, Flâneries, was directed by Angelo van de Wiel and produced by Rémy-Alban Valton and features footwear, accessories and millinery. Watch the piece now, or catch up on this panel discussion on the future of fashion education featuring the RCA's outgoing professor Wendy Dagworthy, fashion journalist Iain R. Webb, and designers and RCA alumni Matthew Miller and Holly Fulton.

    Check out Flâneries!

  9. by SHOWstudio .

    The last Warhol Superstar

    The soundtrack to our latest fashion film, That's How Much I Loved Him by Younji Ku is very very special! Created by Danish musician, songwriter and producer Jeppe, it features vocals from actress Holly Woodlawn who is the last surviving of Andy Warhol's famous Warhol Superstars. The film was created from footage captured during Nick Knight's editorial for the December 2010 issue of Vogue Italia and is the latest addition to our rolling Editing Kate series. Watch now!

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    Younji Ku reinterprets Nick Knight's archive footage of Kate Moss

    To celebrate the lasting influence of Kate Moss - undoubtedly one of the world's most photographed women - Nick Knight launched Editing Kate in 2010. This dynamic fashion film series sees SHOWstudio invite a selection of contemporary video editors to 'interpret' Kate Moss' iconic image, crafting their own fashion films from footage captured during Knight's editorial for the December 2010 issue of Vogue Italia. Just a few month's after the project launched, we released Jamie Harley's take on the footage, alongside an interview with the filmmaker about his approach. Today, 8 June, we're excited to revive the project with a beautiful new edit by SHOWstudio's own Younji Ku. The film, titled That's How Much I Loved Him, explores dark romance and unhealthy love. Watch it now for a new view of Kate.

  12. by Marie Schuller .

    SHOWstudio in Georgia
    Be Next Int. Art and Fashion Festival

    After recent trips to Helsinki and San Sebastian, this week SHOWstudio visits Georgia at the crossroads of Western Asia and Eastern Europe. Invited to hold a lecture about fashion film at Tbilisi's beautiful Writer's House, Marie Schuller spoke about the development of fashion in motion, discussing films as early as Blumenfeld's and Bourdin's early experiments, Gareth Pugh and Ruth Hogben's famed collaborations and Nick Knight's most recent SHOWstudio film The Elegant Universe. The lecture also discussed the impact of advancing technology onto fashion imagery, as well as the artistic benefits of sharing the creative process with the audience. 

    Our one day stop-over in beautiful Tbilisi also took us to the famed academy of the arts in the city centre, which is a beautiful 140-year-old palace boasting opulent Persian interiors. Sadly, the stunning function rooms have not been used for lectures or events in 15 years as the building is in structural decline. The stunning reception room now serves as a storage place for students' work.

    Tomorrow awates a journey to the seaside town of Batumi where the yearly Be Next International Art and Fashion Festival takes place. Founded 9 years ago by Sofia Tchkonia, the event aims to create a cultural exchange between Georgian and International fashion designers and experts and is centred around a design contest, that will award various scholarships, financial and educational prizes. 

     

     

     

    Recent comments

    1. Michealangelo
      09:56 6 Jun 2014
      How beautiful!
      What a stunning room .
      How appropriate that it is amongst these amazing works of art that SHOWstudio is telling us about the new aesthetic.
      A new time has arrived.
      I love SHOWstudio .
    2. Anna
      16:24 6 Jun 2014
      This looks insane. couldn't find much pictures online about the academy so thank you for this!
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  13. by SHOWstudio .

    Iphigenia Gras’ Tumblr takeover ends June 7

    This month Iphigenia Gras joins the ranks of guest curators who have taken over SHOWstudio’s Tumblr. We're now midway through her week in the spotlight, which will end on 7 June. The last few days have seen her move through a series of insightful perspectives on what it is to be a woman. Gras’ often tender notions are tempered with fierce disavowal’s of common misconceptions of feminism. Her choice of imagery follows a theme of explicit sexuality, bondage and females in various stances of power. She strongly advocates, ‘maintaining dignity and confidence’ at all times but also encourages visitors to broaden their minds to what being a female and a feminist can mean.

    The guest curation times with the urgent #YesAllWomen campaign. Head to Tumblr this week - 1 to 7 June 14 - to see more!

  14. by SHOWstudio .

    Erin O'Connor talks Richard Avedon
    Watch the latest Subjective interview

    Nick Knight continues to form a history of contemporary fashion photography from the point of view of models with Subjective. In this week's segment he speaks to Erin O'Connor about a Versace campaign shot by Richard Avedon. 

    O'Connor describes her impressions of the legendary photographer, both as an artist and as a man. 'In real life he was sort of like a playful naughty little boy. He must have been in his seventies when i first met him and I developed a huge crush on him,' she confesses. Delve into the interview to uncover a new side of the famous image, including O'Connor's memories of the process of working with 10 by 8, the references Avedon compared her to and his fixation with her nose -  'I've been following that nose of yours all season,' he reportedly said to her on their second meeting. 

    Check out Subjective now for this and other interviews in the series.

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