For the first of his self-produced projects, 22-year-old artist and designer Dozie Kanu created a pair of simple dining chairs; transforming the classic curved backrest into something more contemporary.Fashioned from tubular steel, upholstered with a 'Klein blue' leather cushion and finished with brushed steel caps, the design is elegant and expressive, yet practical.As a fine art student at the School of Visual Arts, Kanu splits his time working as an assistant in various furniture design studios and art studios across New York City. 'Chair [ i ]' is a work set to depict these combined interests.'I find satisfaction when an objects form and materials align seamlessly or interestingly. I plan on continuing to make objects I want to live with. I’m definitely hazy about what the driving force behind my practice is exactly. I’m caught up in several different ideas and feel pressured to load work with meaning… it should happen organically. In that way designing functional objects is easier.'
Designer, Tigran Avetisyan is known for his irreverent, wryly political films.
His new S/S 16 film, The Photoshoot, comments on ever-changing views of beauty and fashion. ‘I am fascinated how something that was 'cool' can fall out of favour within few seasons and be forgotten,’ explains Avetisyan, adding that his S/S 16 ‘Best Hits’ collection was dedicated to labels that are no longer relevant.
Revisit the multimedia designer's carefully curated images, including stills from Daniel Aronofsky's Requiem for a Dream, Jean-Luc Goddard's Ici et Ailleurs and Vincent Gallo's Buffalo '66.
As part of Nick Knight's Mastered image-making program, Anna Trevelyan tasked aspiring creatives with pitching a photoshoot inspired by both their own unique location and the stock at MACHINE-A. Trevelyan looked for work that paid tribute to the global focus of the retailer's designers.
Photographer Ross Laurence submitted the winning proposal, and was given the opportunity to bring his shoot to life, with the help of Trevelyan. The now defunct Lake Dolores Waterpark in Southern California - a location Laurence regularly passed while en route to Las Vegas - formed the backdrop.
'North' is a project exploring the various ways the North of England has been portrayed and stereotyped in media and fashion, pondering whether the place where someone has grown up influences their aesthetic.
Figures from across fashion, such as photographers Jamie Hawkesworth and Nina Manandhar, set briefs to students studying Fashion Communication at Liverpool John Moores University that demanded time be spent out and about engaging with the community and exploring areas of the North.
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.