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    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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  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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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  5. 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.

     

  6. 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 

  7. 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

  8. 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.

     

     

  9. 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.

  10. 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!

  11. 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. 

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    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.
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