We are delighted to announce that fashion writer and SHOWstudio contributor Linda Watson has realeased a new book! Fashion Visionaries features 75 of the world's most legendary designers and presents the story of fashion through the fascinating personal lives and innovative collections that have shaped the field over the past century. 'From revolutionaries to revisionists, provocateurs to aesthetes, in each case their creative output has defined their identity and, ultimately, altered the way we dress,' it reads. A must-have!
In Fashion continues tomorrow, Wednesday 8 April with a live-streamed interview with Thomas Tait. Tune in at 11:30 BST when the Canadian fashion designer will be sitting down with SHOWstudio editor Lou Stoppard to discuss his eponymous label and illustrious career, including winning last year's inaugural LVMH Young Designer Prize.
The candid conversation will be the latest instalment of our ongoing series of in-depth interviews with industry luminaries. While you wait, catch up on our most recent with David Sims and Venetia Scott.
SHOWstudio is proud to present The Biggest Sin, an atmospheric new fashion film directed by Ivan Olita. Shot entirely underwater, the films stars albino model Shaun Ross and investigates a state of limbo.
'Shaun is the protagonist of the film because I’ve been always incredibly inspired by him: his features, his being and most importantly the state of limbo he inhabits within our society. He doesn’t want to define, he doesn’t need to. He subverts the perception of sin to the incapacity of doing anything rather than the intention of doing something,' explains Olita.
Ross himself adds, 'I think the biggest sin is not to live your life the way you want to.'
Edited footage of Penny Martin's inspiring In Fashion interview is now available! The Gentlewoman editor sat down with SHOWstudio's own Lou Stoppard to discuss feminism, unconventional cover stars, and breaking the rules. ‘I get bored if I don't feel in awe of something,' she says.
We're almost halfway through Joseph Bennett Tumblr takeover! The production designer has been posting never-before-seen imagery from his many collaborations with Alexander McQueen. Expect a behind-the-scenes look at seminal shows including Voss, Scanners and Plato's Atlantis.
In an intriguing collaborative project, model Tessa Kuragi and designer Jon-Ross Le Haye have created Bruise Album, a one-off, light activated album and a limited edition of 50 facsimile books showcasing a collection of semi-transparent images of bruising.
Kuragi, who has shot for fashion photographers such as Inez and Vinoodh and Ellen Von Unwerth, has long collected photos of bruises she has sustained over the years. 'I have always been drawn to bruising as a mark of love, endurance, trust, and the paradoxical nature of sexual sadomasochism - being both incredibly intimate and caring, whilst mediated through pain and suffering,' she explained. With the help of her partner Le Haye, the designer behind numerous recognisable Tate and Whitechapel Gallery campaigns, she presented her collation of bruises as a series of semi-transparent images bound together in a re-appropriated Victorian photo-album. The format acts to mirror the fading of bruising over time - together the collection forms a combined bruise that lightens with each page turn, while the pretty illustrations on each page create a strange juxtaposition. The pair's choice of translucent paper also references the nature of bruises on the skin, where blood, something previously concealed, leaks to just below the surface.
In March 2015, SHOWstudio teamed up with MACHINE-A on a brand new online retail venture. To celebrate the collaboration, Nick Knight invited the dynamic community that surrounds the London concept store to transform themselves into the idols they dream of being. Watch creatives, including Skinny Macho, Matthew Williams, Carri Munden and Darq E Freaker, transform into the likes of Bob Marley, North West and Voldemort with the help of face-mapping technology adapted by SHOWstudio's digital art director Jon Emmony. Styled by MACHINE-A fashion director Anna Trevelyan, the shape-shifters wear pieces by designers including Cottweiler, Nasir Mazhar and Ashish.
Explore the project now and browse the clothes in SHOWstudio / MACHINE-A's newly-launched shop!
Continuing SHOWstudio's tradition of inviting a guest creative to curate our Tumblr page each month, 1-7 April 2015 will see production designer Joseph Bennett share never-before-seen imagery from his various collaborations with the late Alexander McQueen.
Having designed many of McQueen's most seminal shows including Voss, La Dame Bleue and Plato's Atlantis (as well as the Savage Beauty exhibiton in both New York and London), Bennett's archive of behind-the-scenes photographs perfectly complements our recent Unseen McQueen project.
Take a look at his first posts now and don't forget to watch his Unseen McQueen interview for an in-depth discussion on his work with the designer.
Watch the latest instalment of our ongoing Subjective series, which sees Nick Knight reflect on the history of contemporary fashion photography from the perspective of the models. This week's interview sees him in conversation with British supermodel Erin O’Connor.
To mark John Galliano's first five years at Christian Dior, Knight shot a series of images interpreting Galliano's groundbreaking haute couture collections from Spring/Summer 1997 to Spring/Summer 2002. O’Connor takes a look back at her striking photograph from the Past, Present & Couture project, discussing the dynamic between photographer, model and capturing the image: ‘Theres a real ugly beauty to this because there is nothing polite and contained about it,’ she explains.
SHOWstudio is delighted to announce that non-seasonal publication Archivist has been nominated in the fashion category of this year's Designs of the Year exhibition.
Now in its eighth year, Designs of the Year celebrates design that 'promotes or delivers change, enables access, extends design practice or captures the spirit of the year.' Archivist, which is edited by regular SHOWstudio panelist Dal Chodha, takes an 'inspirational rather than aspirational' view of fashion, exploring collections in depth and bringing to the foreground aspects and details that in this climate of fast fashion and excessive consumption, tend to be overlooked.
Visit the Design Museum until 23 August 2015 to see all 76 nominees over 6 categories.
Two years in the making, Satori is a feature-length film created by video and performance artist (and frequent SHOWstudio collaborator), Erica Schreiner.
Inspired by the principle of Satori as the alpha and omega of Zen Buddhism, the film tells the story of a woman who gives birth to eggs and sells them to survive so she can continue to make art. With the help of an encouraging unicorn, the all knowing goddess Isis and a disagreeable Beta fish, she finds a way into the universe where she goes in search of answers about her current existence as an artist.
Combining the haunting with the ethereal in her signature style, the film explores notions of femininity, motherhood and creation, all shot, edited and performed single-handedly by Schreiner. In her own words, 'Satori is the story of my life, the story of the artist.'
SHOWstudio filmmaker Raquel Couceiro has brought our Illustrating McQueen artworks to life through a series of subtle animations. Our community of artists and fashion illustrators were commissioned to create artworks that would operate as odes to important McQueen designs for an online exhibition that accompanied both our Unseen McQueen series and the Nick Knight and Alexander McQueen exhibition at our gallery in London. The artworks can now been seen in a short film that charts each look in chronological order and cites both their significance within McQueen's wider practice and the artist's technical or conceptual interpretation of it.
The artworks in this collection range from Unskilled Worker's bright-eyed hybrid figure that appears half raven and half human to Laura Laine's rendering of femininity at its most ferocious in her pencil drawing of the rigid leather dress with horse hair fringing from Spring/Summer 2005 It's Just a Game. Each of the works are original paintings and drawings and they are available to buy through our newly launched online shop.
Watch the film now!
We’re very excited to reveal imagery of Alexander McQueen’s Amex funded Black show that has sat, untouched in Nick Knight’s archive for nearly a decade! Working behind-the-scenes at the event in 2004, Nick Knight had minutes to capture each model in their looks before they headed onto the catwalk. Photographing the girls - including Kate Moss, Lily Cole and Naomi Campbell - behind a sheet of glass, McQueen and Knight intended to assemble the images after the show, but never found time.
To celebrate the opening of Savage Beauty at the V&A in London, and to pay tribute to Lee McQueen by completing the circle of their Black sponsorship, Amex supported the completion of this ambitious image. Knight worked for weeks to assemble the photographs into a striking tableau that references key motifs visible in McQueen's work and pays tribute to his skill as a maker.
The work also takes on a new, dynamic form in an animated fashion film that references the glass box set of the original show. The project is further explained with a short behind-the-scenes film showing moments from the shoot, interspersed with interviews about the making of the image. A re-edit of the runway footage, complete with a soundtrack by John Gosling, will be launching as part of the project very soon.
In the latest addition to our growing collection of short fashion films by new and emerging filmmakers, SHOWstudio is pleased to present The Chase, a collaboration between Belgian director and photographer Jennifer Massaux and neo-Rococo artist Kukula. Massaux’s film explores the artist’s creative process from start to finish while maintaining the unique essence of Kukula’s haunting and evocative illustrations.
The illustrator behind SHOWstudio’s Kukula’s Couture series and a contributor to our Illustrating McQueen project, Kukula blends influences from both classical art and contemporary pop culture to create feminine, doll-like figures surrounded by symbolic objects.
With styling and production by Aline Pimentel and featuring garments by Chanel and Dries Van Noten, the film explores, in Massaux's own words 'the conjuring of the muse and the fleeting spirit of inspiration,' and builds a whimsical and enchanting world around Kukula's artworks. Watch now!
Catch up on our interview with David Sims, filmed live as part of our In Fashion series. On-demand footage of the photographer's conversation with Lou Stoppard is available to watch for a limited time only. Watch as he discusses his ideas of beauty, his early work with i-D and The Face magazines, the influence of music and his interest in taking photographs of men, ‘There are so many taboos that stand in front of describing men, it’s just easy prey,’ the image-maker muses.
SHOWstudio presents Reed + Rader's innovative film Dubstep Dinosaurs 3D. A year in the making, Dubstep Dinosaurs 3D is the digital art duo's sequel to the original of the same name. The project was built completely in a virtual world using the Unreal gaming engine and utilised motion capture for the characters, continuing Reed + Rader's process of sculpting virtual environments to create films. Enjoy the cutting-edge Dubstep Dinosaurs 3D, featuring a soundtrack by Vacate.