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    Lily Cole talks Terry Richardson!

    Today, 10 July, we are launching the next segment of Subjective, a series of interviews conducted by Nick Knight that explore the history of contemporary fashion photography as told from the subjects’ perspectives. This week’s interview is with Lily Cole, who discusses her experience being shot in the nude by Terry Richardson for The Pirelli Calendar. 

    The picture is of a nude Cole submerged underwater, shot from the naval up, with her arms crossed beneath her exposed breasts. As Knight points out, the image is ‘surprisingly romantic’ given Richardson's usual style. Cole paints a different image of Richardson than that which has been publicised recently - he has come under attack for misogyny and manipulation - saying ‘I like Terry a lot; I think he’s a sweetheart, a funny guy… he’s quite shy.' Due to a miscommunication between agent and publication, Richardson had planned to shoot Cole fully nude, something she was uncomfortable with, so the resulting image is a stripped back version of the original plan; ‘the picture felt quite safe,’ she says. 

    Watch this candid interview now, and stay tuned for more rare Subjective interviews! 

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    See resident artist Stephen Doherty's work at CAVE

    We’ve been lucky to have artist Stephen Doherty in the studio for the past few days, creating a gorgeous mural on the studio wall, which depicts different looks straight from the couture collections.

    See Doherty’s work in person at CAVE tonight, for the opening of Waiting in Now, an exhibition showcasing a new series of figures by Doherty that touch on themes of wilful distraction, wonderment, desire and restlessness. The exhibition features a collection of blue drawings made in the build up to Doherty’s S/S 15 collection. 

    Be sure to head over to CAVE to see the incredible designs in person, and in the meantime, be sure to tune in to our camera to watch Doherty finish the studio mural

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    Haute couture panels now available on-demand

    If you missed the live steams of our SchiaparelliDior, Chanel and Ulyana Sergeenko panels you can now watch them any time, anywhere with on demand footage! 

    We were thrilled to welcome a host of brilliant panelists into the studio to discuss the couture A/W 14 collections, including Judith WattJames Sherwood and Amber Butchart who unpicked Schiaparelli by Marco Zanini. The experts discussed the difficulties of reviving a heritage house, 'It's tricky to get that heritage correct without becoming cartoonish,' concluded chair Lou Stoppard.

    Lucy NorrisVerity Parker and Kerry Taylor joined Lou Stoppard to unpick Dior, musing on Raf Simons' suitability as creative director of the legendary house. 'It's a marriage made in heaven,' said Norris. Topics also ranged from the importance of a working archive to the sense of appropriateness currently seen in fashion.

    Our special guests for Chanel, Caroline CharlesHilary AlexanderGrace Woodward and Frances Corner, spoke about the modernisation of haute couture. The Ulyana Sergeenko discussion, featuring Hilary AlexanderDjurdja Bartlett and Anastasiia Fedorova, revolved around the emerging Russian fashion industry. 

    Catch up on these fascinating chats now!

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    Tune in today for our final haute couture panels

    Tune in today, 8 July, for our final live panels of the A/W 14 Couture collections!

    We begin with an in depth discussion on the Maison Martin Margiela show at 10:30 BST, with special guests including editor Harriet Quick, writer Bel Jacobs and designer and lecturer Heather Sproat.

    Then at 16:30 BST we're rounding up our haute couture conversations with a dissection of the Vionnet collection. We're welcoming V&A curator Oriole Cullen, curator Shonagh Marshall and designer Deborah Milner to the golden chairs to share their thoughts on the show. 

    Keep up with our coverage from the rest of the Couture shows over on our Collections page.

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    Alexander Fury's Tumblr Takeover continues
    Admire the splendour of haute couture

    Alexander Fury's Tumblr takeover is in full swing! The journalist extraordinaire is showcasing the hidden details of couture, from candid shots of fittings to intricate details of beadwork and the insides of structured dresses. Fury has been filling our Tumblr with content from the current A/W 14 collections as well as past seasons, vintage ephemera and quotes from the designers, revealing a rare insight into the secret world of Haute Couture. 

    Stay glued to Tumblr as Fury posts from Paris! And keep folowing our coverage of the shows over on our Collections page

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    Chanel and Ulyana Sergeenko panels tomorrow, 8 July!

    We have what are sure to be two extremely interesting panels in store for day 3 of the Couture collections!

    Tune in at 12:00 BST for our Chanel discussion, featuring writers Frances Corner and Hilary Alexander, designer Caroline Charles and TV personality Grace Woodward

    Then be sure to tune back in at 15:30 BST for our next panel on Russian couturier Ulyana Sergeenko, featuring writer Hilary Alexander, Djurdja Bartlett and writer Anastasiia Fedorova. Both panels will be chaired as usual by SHOWstudio’s own editor Lou Stoppard

    Don’t forget to head over to our Collections page for more live action - and check out our Tumblr for a special curation by Alexander Fury on the technical process of couture! 

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    Stephen Doherty illustrates couture fashion week

    Each Collections season, we invite an artist-in-residence to illustrate the catwalk. But we’ve added a twist especially for the Haute Couture A/W 14 shows. London based artist Stephen Doherty is currently in the studio creating a wall of his runway depictions to feature as the backdrop for this round of panel discussions. Doherty will fill in his figures with looks from selected shows as the collections continue, creating a more complete picture each time!

    Tune in now and through-out Couture fashion week to watch a live stream of Doherty at work. There will be purchasable items by Doherty available in the SHOWstudio Shop later on - so stay tuned for more on that! 

     
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    It's day 2 of Alexander Fury's Tumblr takeover

    See the process behind the creation of haute couture on Tumblr, brought to us by our special guest curator, fashion journalist and SHOWstudio alum Alexander Fury!

    Fury has been posting up a storm of exquisite imagery and content from current and past couture seasons, including quotes from designers along with photographs of fittings, close-ups of garment details, drawings, mood boards, and everything else that goes into creating the most complex collections in fashion. Check it out this rare perspective on the couture shows.

    Keep checking back throughout the week to follow Fury’s curation.

     
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    EXCLUSIVE: adidas x Marina Abramovic

    SHOWstudio is proud to present the world exclusive of a new film by Marina Abramovic and adidas. The short is the first ever re-staging of Abramovic’s iconic 1970s performance Work Relation. The performance is re-imagined through the lens of the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ and explores the parallels between sport and performance. We interviewed Abramovic prior to the launch and found out some more about the affinities she finds between the two disciplines.

    Niamh White: There are many parallels between your performance art and sport- commitment, perseverance, endurance, selfless-ness, collaboration, discipline, pain. What are the most important similarities for you? Can one learn from the other?

    Marina Abramovic: One similarity between performance and sport that I wanted to highlight in this video is the importance of group collaboration. When Ulay and I originally performed the piece Work Relation in 1978, the power of collective strength came through in the performance. I believe that it is important to learn from other disciplines in order to bring new life to whatever it is that you do. This is something at the heart of my institute, MAI, and something that I felt was important to convey in this video, which was itself a collaborative project.

    Niamh White: You often ask your performers and participants to wear lab coats, as though they are a kit or uniform. Why have you chosen to do this?

    Marina Abramovic: I ask the performers to wear lab coats to create a sense of collective experimentation. A willingness to experiment and risk failure is what allows for growth, both on an individual level and on the level of the collective. The lab coats also mute external distractions such as bright clothing, which can deepen the internal focus of the performers. When participants perform the Abramovic Method at MAI, they will be asked to wear lab coats for these reasons, as well as to create a temporary community with those who are experiencing the work together.

    Watch the video in its entirety exclusively on SHOWstudio now!

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    Schiaparelli and Dior live panels today!

    Couture fashion week is here! We’ve got a great set of panels to celebrate, starting with our live Schiaparelli discussion today at 11:00 BST, followed by our Christian Dior panel at 17:00 BST. Our own Lou Stoppard chairs both panels, featuring special guests Amber Butchart, Judith Watt, James Sherwood, Verity Parker, Kerry Taylor, and Lucy Norris

    As always, stay glued to our Collections page for more up to the minute coverage, including behind-the-scenes action, runway images and reports by Stephanie LaCava. Finally, head over to our Tumblr page to see a special couture curation by none other than SHOWstudio regular Alexander Fury

     
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    Alexander Fury's Tumblr takeover starts Sunday 6 July

    Don’t forget! Starting Sunday, 6 July, fashion journalist and SHOWstudio alum Alexander Fury will be taking over our Tumblr for a special Couture A/W 14 curation.

    Alongside our coverage of the collections, Fury will be posting about all things couture, specifically focusing on the technical process of couture - so look out for reference imagery, quotations, and other media showing the technique and toil behind some of the most beautiful pieces in fashion. 

    Be sure to head over to Tumblr over the weekend to see Fury's curation, and don't forget to check our Collections page for more live coverage! 

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    The history of fashion photography!

    While we continue our Subjective series, presenting the history of contemporary fashion photography from the perspective of models, Nick Knight is launching Transformative, a new series of interviews with those who work behind-the-scenes: makeup artists stylists, and hairdressers. The series aims to highlight and celebrate the tireless work these individuals do, rather than simply crediting the photographer as the mastermind of a fashion shot.

    This week’s Transformative interview, our first ever, features makeup artist Val Garland sitting down with Knight to discuss her entrance into the makeup world and the gritty Dior campaign they worked on together in 2001. 'Advertising had been slick and polished... it wasn't about a certain woman, it was about every woman' she said, before continuing, 'It felt like the first time that Dior was aimed at the young - it wasn't fuddy-duddy'. 

    Watch their candid interview now, and stay tuned for more intriguing, behind-the-scenes views in Transformative!

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    Marina Abramovic and adidas collaborate on a film to celebrate the World Cup

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    Worldwide exclusive! SHOWstudio is delighted to announce that we will launch a new film by Marina Abramovic and adidas in celebration of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The pioneering performance artist has partnered with the brand on a film documenting the reenactment of one of her seminal works that was last performed in 1979. The short explores the parallels between performance art and sport, and will be revealed in its entirety exclusively on SHOWstudio from 7 July. More details to follow!

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    Sarah Kathryn Cleaver writes about monstrous make-up

    Early this year we launched Ugly, a landmark series that explores fashion's fascination with deliberate awkwardness and vulgarity. The project was inspired by the statement from Miuccia Prada that, 'ugly is attractive, ugly is exciting. Maybe because it is newer,' and features essays by esteemed fashion journalists and a scholarly interview with curator and historian Valerie Steele.

    This week we launch a new essay by writer and SHOWstudio's own editorial assistant Sarah Kathryn Cleaver. The piece focuses on ugliness within beauty trends. Cleaver writes, ‘Isabella Blow’s deliberately lipstick stained teeth, Anna Piaggi’s softly waved turquoise fringe and blotchy doll make-up and Michele Lamy’s gothic, inked forehead, silver teeth and black fingers are all examples of an irrepressible creative drive, expressed using the nearest available media, the skin and the contents of a makeup bag’. 

    Read the rest of this essay and take a look at other insights into fashion’s fetishisation of Ugly

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    See London through Nick Knight's eyes in #MySecretCity

    Our own Nick Knight is giving you the chance to see London through his eyes via a unique collaboration with American Express!

    In 2012 Knight dreamed up Pussycat, Pussycat our first ever Instagram shoot, so it makes sense for American Express to partner with Knight on #MySecretCity, a real time photography exhibition hosted live from London on Twitter. Knight is out and about in London, capturing photos of the hidden inspirations he sees in the places he passes by every day, and sharing them in real time. The Twitter exhibition shows the hidden beauty in these unexpected locations, including city gardens, brutalist architecture, and metropolitan playgrounds to help people realise the full potential of London. 

    ‘We get so stuck in our familiar ways around the city that we miss the sheer beauty and inspiration all around us, which is why I’m working with American Express to celebrate this wonderful city and help people see its hidden beauty,’ says Knight.

    Head over to our Twitter now to watch as Knight posts his snapshots in real time! 

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