1. by Niamh White .

    SHOWstudio to host first major exhibition on fine artisan jeweller Shaun Leane

    SHOWstudio will launch the first major exhibition dedicated to fine artisan jeweller Shaun Leane on 22 May 2014. The show will offer an unprecedented opportunity to delve into the psyche of Britain's leading avant-garde jewellery house and debut eight highly imaginative bespoke creations that each represent a key motif from their collections. The gallery will be transformed into a chamber of curiosities with each piece of jewellery being accompanied by an artwork, fashion piece or natural history specimen that has served as an inspiration to the house.

    The show features a finely crafted single diamond tusk earring as an ode to Leane's very first creation that was first seen on Alexander McQueen's catwalk in 1994. It will also present a vibrant gem set butterfly brooch displayed alongside an original Damien Hirst painting, an elaborate pair of feather hoop earrings with a Philip Treacy hat, and a piece accompanied by the largest natural emerald in the world. An artwork by Korean light sculptor Ahn Chulhyun will inspire a new aurora ring and an antique kimono from the archive of Daphne Guinness will be the impetus for a set of statement cherry blossom cuffs.

    Highlighting Leane's unparalleled ability to combine exquisite metalwork with innovative design, the exhibition will be a visual spectacle of artisan jewellery.

    Image: 22ct Gold Jewel Beetle Brooch by Shaun Leane photograph by Nick Knight’s SHOWstudio

  2. by SHOWstudio Shop .

    SHOWstudio illustrations at the V&A!

    SHOWstudio Shop is collaborating with the V&A!

    We have been celebrating fashion illustration as a valid and highly collectable art form for a number of years and now a selection of SHOWstudio's illustrations will be available to purchase through the V&A Shop. The collaboration occurs in conjunction with the V&A's brand new exhibition, The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945-2014.

    The collection features artists including Fiona Gourlay, Piet Paris, Kukula, Alexandra Levasseur, Laura Laine and Rei Nadal. All of the illustrators were commisioned by Nick Knight and the SHOWstudio team to offer their unique take on the international fashion weeks using their prefered media. The collection available in the V&A will include depictions of runway looks from Autumn/Winter 2013, Spring/Summer 2014 and Autumn/Winter 2014 by adored Italian labels such as Prada, Moschino, Versace, Miu Miu and Giambattista Valli.

    Prices range from £180 to £2,400 - make sure you go and view the exhibition, and stop by the shop afterwards!

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



  3. by SHOWstudio .

    Drew Arnold embraces Punk in a short film

    New York based director and visual effects artist Drew Arnold is the latest creative to add to our building visions of PunkIn his dynamic exploration, aptly titled PUNK, Arnold blurs the perceptions of reality and animation, visualising his idea that 'punk is raw energy.' 

    The film sees striking model Soo Joo Park in The Body Electric Hat - an extraordinary, futuristic piece by milliner Heidi Lee that combines 3D printed nylon with LEDs, emitting a feast of melting rainbow colours. This is enchanced by Tetsu Kabota's photographic direction and Arnold's 3D practice (which has been utilized in the past by the likes of Kanye West and Lady Gaga) to produce a film which, as Arnold puts it, 'anthropomorphizes the union of dual forces which bind our perceivable universe.'

    Watch this and others in the Punk series as it continues to develop.

  4. by SHOWstudio .

    Unseen Galliano for Dior images by Nick Knight!
    Available on Tumblr from 1 -7 April

    Nick Knight is releasing unseen Dior images on Tumblr.

    Over the period of a decade, beginning in 1997, Nick Knight shot some of Dior's most iconic advertising campaigns. The work, marking a defining era in Dior's history when John Galliano served as creative director, entirely contemporised the brand's image, rewriting its visual language. In an interview with The New York Times in 2007, Knight recalled, 'John had this idea of bouleversement, of swiping the carpet from underneath this established French house, so everything spun into fantastic chaos.'

    With Galliano's visual starting point of Antonio Lopez fashion illustrations, Knight developed an aesthetic using a super wide-angle lens in order to achieve a fish-eye effect that elongated the models' proportions. As one of the earliest to embrace the advances in digital technology, Knight also utilised post-production technologies to elevate the now legendary campaigns into ground-breaking imagery.

    SHOWstudio are excited to release previously unseen images featuring clothes from John Galliano's Spring/Summer 2005 Dior collection. One image will be exclusively posted on SHOWstudio's Tumblr over 1 to 7 April, in keeping with our usual week-long curations at the start of each month.  

    Speaking on the images Nick Knight explains, 'The brief was characteristically cryptic from John - 'Three friends taking pictures of themselves in a photo-booth as they go off to Glastonbury festival.''

    The models are Gemma Ward, Lily Donaldson and Lindsay Ellingson. Hair was by Sam McKnight, makeup by Val Garland and nails by Marian Newman. The styling was by Jane How and the art direction was by Tom Hingston. The creative direction was by John Galliano.

    Follow the curation on our Tumblr now and for the rest of the week!

  5. by SHOWstudio .

    Fractal Inventions - a fashion film by Laura Falconer

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    We're proud to launch Fractal Inventions, a fashion film by Laura Falconer showcasing the work of jewellery designer Silvia Weidenbach. Combining new technologies with traditional artisan skills, Weidenbach explores and experiments with ideas of beauty, preciousness and ugliness. Her art-cum-jewellery pieces are 3-D printed and created using a haptic arm, a tool that enables her to to draw the shapes as though sculpting in clay, an exercise she describes as 'a digital craft'.

    Falconer's film reflects Weidenbach's themes and processes, exploring 'the self similar, repeating patterns, beauty and form.' Watch the kaleidoscopic film, starring the beautiful Symara now. 

    Recent comments

    1. sigi schwab
      11:40 2 Apr 2014
      great work of all of you!
      sent more!
    2. ingrid bohlender
      10:53 8 Apr 2014
      what a really brilliant video. a am waiting for the next one !! go on ! this is the future.
  6. by SHOWstudio .

    #SomethingAboutMary; Karlie Kloss in the most recent Mary K collection!

    After a lunch break and a set change, #SomethingAboutMary is back in action with looks from Mary Katrantzou's most recent collection, only seen last month at London Fashion Week. With the A/W 14 show, Katrantzou took a step away from her trademark digital prints. Almost every piece in the show was intricately embellished, embroidered or otherwise beautifully laboured, taking her widely-loved label into new territory. Intellectually, the designer was inspired by signs and symbols, paving the way for a plethora of references, from languages through uniform to military medals. Tune in now to watch the shoot!

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