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  1. by SHOWstudio .

    Kate Simon on the Worldvirus Cover
    Listen to the latest interview now

    This time around in our Photographing William S. Burroughs series, Kate Simon and Niamh White discuss the Wordvirus Cover portrait, another shot taken by Simon on the writer's 70th birthday. The photographer recalled the exact, now defunct, film she used for the picture, and considers the various portrayals of Burroughs' personality compared to the man she came to know. 'I guess I was lucky because I was there to photograph him and so I had a purpose. And he was a great subject, and we worked well together' she explains.

    Listen to the latest interview now and stay tuned for more this week!

  2. by SHOWstudio .

    Watch footage from the #DIESELVENICE show!

    Last week, on 3 April, social media was flooded with snaps of editors on gondalas, balaclava clad models in leather and denim, Brooke Candy and a load of Glitché'd selfies. It was the Diesel Venice show, under the creative direction of Nicola Formichetti and with filmic visions from our own Nick Knight. 

    We're thrilled to launch an exclusive edit of the footage from the much talked about show, alongside Knight's films which were displayed in a triptych, mirroring traditional Italian artwork, and ordered into four acts. In another nod to Italy's creative history, the introductory segment featured Mahler's 5th Symphony, which is best known for its use in the 1971 Luchino Visconti film Death in Venice. The next film, which formed the imposing backdrop to Formichetti's leather section, features visuals of band Judas Priest and the burning of Norwegian churches, a references to the death metal associations of leather. The next section, which compliments the denim range, features equally striking and jarring images - some of nature, others of hardcore porn. The films flip between actual footage and shots where the footage has been projected onto dancers' bodies - a innovative technique dreamed up by Knight exclusively for this project. The penultimate section, an exploration of deconstruction, features military footage and imagery from Japanese games, while the finale sees Knight draw on his own love of apps and Formichetti's passion for the democratic nature of the web by taking crowd-sourced images of Diesel fans and reworking them into wonderfully bright distorted visions. All the image research was conducted by acclaimed artist and longtime SHOWstudio contributor Rei Nadal

    Watch the catwalk show now or peruse the fashion film!

  3. by SHOWstudio .

    Kate Simon on William Burroughs and Carl Apfelschnitt

    In the latest interview in the Photographing William S. Burroughs series, Kate Simon spoke with Niamh White about another photograph in SHOWstudio Shop's current exhibition of portraits of writer William Burroughs. Recalling the moment she took the photograph, Burroughs in front of Carl Apfelschnitt drawing, The Bunker, NYCSimon spoke about her own relationship with the abstract artist whose drawing is shown behind Burroughs, and his influence on her subject and his later experiments with visual art. The interview took a poignant turn as the photographer recalled the young artists in their circle who died of AIDS. 

    Visit the project now for a clearer picture of Simon's body of work.

  4. by SHOWstudio .

    A new punk film from Raquel Couceiro

    Raquel Coucerio is the latest filmmaker to contribute to our rolling Punk series. Her striking piece, titled Too Punk To Fuck, is about 'hard women, bad men and beasts' and features monstrous footwear by Scarlet Fever. Founded by Kira Goodey, Scarlet Fever produces sculptural bespoke footwear, designed and hand crafted in East London. The film plays on traditional punk codes, incorporating bondage, weaponry and music - note all the rocking guitars - while bringing the footwear to life in a beastly, nightmarish fashion. Watch now!

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    1. Ennie
      02:13 8 Apr 2014
      Absolutely brilliant and beautiful!
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  5. by SHOWstudio .

    Kate Simon talks William Burroughs' birthday

    SHOWstudio Shop's associate director Niamh White talked to photographer Kate Simon in another interview in our Photographing William Burroughs series. This time Simon recalls the circumstances around the portrait Shot on William’s 70th, The Bunker, NYC. 'It's moving to me because now we're celebrating William's hundredth birthday' she says of the candid shot. Listen to the interview for more on the 'unending series of parties' marking the iconic writer's 70th birthday celebrations and the famous guests in attendance.  

     
  6. by SHOWstudio .

    It's the last day of Nick Knight's Tumblr curation!

    Every day of the last week, Nick Knight has been releasing a previously unseen Dior image onto our Tumblr, as part of our roling tradition of monthly curations. The images, shot for Dior during the John Galliano era, feature the Spring/Summer 2005 collection, as well as the three famous faces of Gemma Ward, Lily Donaldson and Lindsey Ellingson. The pastel coloured, selfie-style series is nearly over, but stay tuned for one final shot! While you wait, review the Dior curation and others in the series!

  7. by SHOWstudio .

    Angela Missoni promotes Italian fashion at the V&A

    In honour of the V&A's The Glamour of Italian Fashion exhibition opening tomorrow, 5 April, we're pleased to release footage from a talk that was hosted at the museum earlier this week between Angela Missoni and fashion journalist Gianluca Longo.

    In line with the exhibition's theme of identifying and exploring Italy's use of luxurious materials, expert textile production, and its strength as a source of both dynamic menswear and glamourous womenswear, the label's internationally acclaimed creative director sat down with Longo to discuss the success of Missoni and the house's evolution over the years. 

    Watch the footage now, or browse through some of our original fashion illustrations inspired by the latest designs from Milan Fashion Week through SHOWstudio Shop! A selection of these illustrations will also be available to purchase at the V&A Shop in conjunction with the exhibition.  

    V&A - The Glamour of Italian Fashion will run from 5 April - 27 July 2014. 

  8. by SHOWstudio .

    Discover Nick Knight's unseen Dior images on Tumblr!

    Over the course of the week, kicking off on 1 April, Nick Knight has been releasing previously unseen images that he created for John Galliano's S/S 05 Dior collection. We've been thoroughly enjoying the daily flashbacks, featuring now renowned models Gemma Ward, Lily Donaldson and Lindsay Ellingson being naughty in a photo-booth.

    Be sure to follow our Tumblr for the final rare moments of this sugary sweet story. Check out our Facebook and Twitter feeds too as we've been unearthing some other favourite vintage Dior moments that Knight produced during his ten years working with Galliano at the house. 

  9. by SHOWstudio .

    Kate Simon talks about William S. Burroughs and John Giorno's cat

    The cat's out of the bag! To accompany our current solo exhibition of portraits of William S. Burroughs by Kate Simon, we've been releasing a series of interviews with the photographer. She discusses the story behind some of the unseen shots taken over a 20 year period. In the latest exchange, Simon reveals the circumstances behind this photograph from 1994, where the novelist is seen sitting next to John Giorno's cat. Simons further elaborates on Burroughs' cat obsession, which is shown through his book The Cat Inside. Listen in now!

    Image copyright Kate Simon

  10. by SHOWstudio .

    Nicola Formichetti's Diesel Venice show with Nick Knight films!

    Yesterday evening Venice was taken over by a riot of denim and leather clad individuals, each finished off with a balaclava. This was Diesel, reinvigorated, reimagined and rebooted by Nicola Formichetti.

    Nick Knight has been collaborating with Formichetti for quite some time, realising some incredible visions, and this show proved another chance for them to push the boundaries of image-making, with Knight creating incredible, striking films for the catwalk presentation. The films were displayed in a triptych that mirrored traditional Italian artwork, and ordered into four acts. In another nod to Italy's creative history, the introductory segment featured Mahler's 5th Symphony, which is best known for its use in the 1971 Luchino Visconti film Death in Venice. The next film, which formed the imposing backdrop to Formichetti's leather section, features visuals of band Judas Priest and the burning of Norwegian churches, a references to the death metal associations of leather. The next section, which compliments the denim range, features equally striking and jarring images - some of nature, others of hardcore porn. The films flip between actual footage and shots where the footage has been projected onto dancers' bodies - a innovative technique dreamed up by Knight exclusively for this project. The penultimate section, an exploration of deconstruction, features military footage and imagery from Japanese games, while the finale sees Knight draw on his own love of apps and Formichetti's passion for the democratic nature of the web by taking crowd-sourced images of Diesel fans and reworking them into wonderfully bright distorted visions. All the image research was conducted by acclaimed artist and longtime SHOWstudio contributor Rei Nadal

    We will soon be releasing footage from the show so you can enter the new Diesel world for yourself and see the performance from Brooke Candy that everyone is talking about! In the meantime, fuel your appetite for the brand and the creative master behind it by revisiting the #DIESELTRIBUTE campaign and Fomichetti's candid In Fashion interview for his perspective on the label and more. 

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    1. Jorge Medeiros
      19:02 4 Apr 2014
      Lindo ..
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  11. by SHOWstudio .

    SHOWstudio and Nick Knight create the films for Diesel's Venice show!

    SHOWstudio are thrilled to have worked with Diesel's new creative master, Nicola Formichetti, on the films for tonight's (3 April) Diesel catwalk show in Venice. Formichetti asked longtime collaborator Nick Knight to produce films that would form an integral part of the show. The films, which will be displayed in a triptych that mirrors traditional Italian artwork, are ordered into four acts. In another nod to Italy's creative history, the introductory segment features Mahler's 5th Symphony, which is best known for its use in the 1971 Luchino Visconti film Death in Venice. The next film, which forms the imposing backdrop to Formichetti's leather section, features visuals of band Judas Priest and the burning of Norwegian churches, a references to the death metal associations of leather. The next section, which compliments the denim range, features equally striking and jarring images - some of nature, others of hardcore porn. The films flip between actual footage and shots where the footage has been projected onto dancers' bodies - a innovative technique dreamed up by Knight exclusively for this project. The penultimate section, an exploration of deconstruction, features military footage and imagery from Japanese games, while the finale sees Knight draw on his own love of apps and Formichetti's passion for the democratic nature of the web by taking crowd-sourced images of Diesel fans and reworking them into wonderfully bright distorted visions - a nod to the language that Formichetti is developing for Diesel and his plans to 'reboot' the brand. All the image research was conducted by acclaimed artist and longtime SHOWstudio contributor Rei Nadal.

    If you want a Diesel hit right now, check out our newly released interview with Formichetti himself! Good luck tonight Nicola!

  12. by SHOWstudio .

    Watch Nicola Formichetti talk Dazed, Gaga and Diesel

    Today is Diesel's highly anticipated Venice show, the first since Nicola Formichetti took the creative reigns. In tandem, we couldn't think of a better moment to release our stunning edit of the super stylist in conversation! Filmed last September, Formichetti had only just announced the collection would be shown in Venice outside of Fashion Week. And the rebellion doesn't stop there!

    He discloses, 'I didn't want to come in and just erase the history... I just wanted to reboot it, you know, like when you switch a computer on and off. I'm taking the past and modernising it.' 

    In addition to Formichetti's 'digital and physical' visions for Diesel, the candid interview covers a myriad of topics, including his experience working with Lady Gaga and reasons for leaving Mugler. 

    Fuel up for tonight's heavily anticipated show by watching the interview, and, of course, take a trip back to the #DIESELTRIBUTE campaign for a taste of Formichetti's vision.

  13. by Tor Hopkins .

    The Glamour of Italian Fashion at the V&A!

    The Shop girls visited the press view of the V&A's Glamour of Italian Fashion (1945-2014) this morning.  The exhibition showcases a plethora of Italian designers including Emilio Pucci, Prada, Fendi, Miu Miu and Giambattista Valli.  In conjunction with the exhibition, SHOWstudio Shop are collaborating with the V&A to offer some of our original fashion illustrations for sale.

    For the past five seasons, Nick Knight has invited illustrators and artists to interpret the latest Italian collections live as they appear on the catwalks.  Knight states that:

    SHOWstudio has been working with some of the most exciting and talented fashion illustrators, both the well established names and the new avant-garde to create a platform where fashion illustration can be seen happening live as well as being available to the public to purchase. It can be seen as one of the most exciting and accessible art forms of this time.

    Some of SHOWstudio's illustrations from the Milan Fashion Weeks have been especially chosen for the V&A Shop.  Artists Fiona Gourlay, Alexandra Levasseur, Piet Paris, Kukula, Rei Nadal and Laura Laine all have stunning works available for purchase.  Visit the Glamour of Italian Fashion exhibition from Saturday 5 April, or browse other illustrations from the artists online!

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    1. BeeHopkins
      19:10 6 May 2014
      Love your blog, Tor - Brendo's seen it too and thinks you look gorgeous! xx
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  14. by SHOWstudio .

    A new episode from Joseph Lally's Soap Opera

    Joseph Lally has consistently blurred lines between the real and the contrived in his rolling Soap Opera series, and his latest episode continues to toy with these notions. If you take a plot away from Episode#8: Radical Artist it is, on the surface, of two men who plan to kill a man called Jeff Moerchen, who is - as Lally repeatedly puts in writing throughout the piece - the 'Radical Artist'.

    'We are in the business of recording and rendering evil through documentation and art.' is a message that appears during the film, a confrontational statement of the real (documentation) vs. the contrived (art) that is visually thrown backwards and forwards in juxtaposed found footage, including shots of Hitler and images that are questionably taken by Moerchen - the answer to whether these are documentation or art remains unknown. 

    Watch the episode now and divulge in the artistic series as it continues to develop.

     

  15. by SHOWstudio Shop .

    Listen to Kate Simon recount her 'Shooting Sequence' of William Burroughs

    In a brilliant addition to our current exhibition of William S. Burroughs portraits by Kate Simon we have been releasing a series of interviews with the photographer as she discusses the moments behind some of the images taken over a 20 year period. In the latest conversation, Simon recalls Shooting Sequence, a striking image taken in 1979 depicting Burroughs in four poses that demonstrate how to fire a gun. The piece highlights Burroughs' well documented fascination with firearms. 

    Listen to the photographer reminisce on her relationship with the writer now and visit us at 19 Motcomb Street to see the portraits up close. 

    Image copyright Kate Simon 

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