1. by SHOWstudio .

    Pin-ups resumes!

    In just over 11 days the Victoria’s Secret annual fashion show extravaganza will take place. Tap into the excitement by watching ‘Angels’ Joan Smalls and Candice Swanepoel in Part 3 of our Pin-ups live streamed shoot on Monday, 1 December. 

    Tune in at 11:00 GMT to watch image maker Nick Knight and editor-in-chief of 10 Magazine Sophia Neophitou as they reinterpret traditional erotic tropes with the help of 3D scanning technology, sensational sets and super styling.

  2. by SHOWstudio .

    Guy Bourdin: Image Maker

    We had a wonderful night this Wednesday, 26 November, at the opening of Somerset House’s major Guy Bourdin: Image Maker exhibition. Curated by SHOWstudio favourite Alistair O’Neill with Shelly Verthime, Image Maker is the largest ever UK exhibition of the enigmatic fashion photographer's work.

    Showcasing over 100 works and previously unseen material by the influential fashion photographer - whose famed collaborations with Vogue Paris and Charles Jourdan make up just a small proportion of his creative output - the exhibition also highlights Bourdin’s grasp of editing processes in a pre-digital age, as well as his interest in the moving image. Super-8 films from his fashion shoots feature alongside sketches and notebooks, collectively revealing the care and precision with which Bourdin approached every aspect of image-making, right down to the models’ hair and make-up.

    Dont miss this impressive retrospective, which runs until the 15th of March. You can also revisit our project Compulsive Viewing: The Films Of Guy Bourdin, featuring eleven unique fashion films edited in 2002-2003 from never-before-seen archival film recorded by the photographer.

  3. by SHOWstudio .

    Happy Birthday to us!

    It’s fourteen years to the day since SHOWstudio launched on the 27th of December 2000 at 19:27 GMT with ‘Diamond Blues’, a film showing Kate Moss, Bobby Gillespie and friends singing on a summer’s afternoon, shot on a Super-8 camera. 

    Ever since then SHOWstudio has striven to produce visionary online content, pioneering fashion film, opening up the creative process and working with some of contemporary fashion’s most influential and acclaimed figures. 

    Revisit our milestones - including the world’s first Instagram shoot with Cara Delevingne, a downloadable pattern by Lee McQueen, Nick Knight’s first foray into 3D scanning technology with ‘Sweet’ as well as the many, many more projects worth celebrating.

    To be continued...

  4. by SHOWstudio .

    Karen Elson on Steven Meisel

    This week's Subjective interview is with British supermodel Karen Elson, who speaks to Nick Knight about her first time working with long-term collaborator Steven Meisel.

    'It was my eighteenth birthday!' says Elson of the Vogue Italia cover with Meisel and Pat McGrath. 'The shoot that put my career on the map. It was the first time a photographer said 'Do what you want. Play!' I thought, 'I really love this man. He's seen me.''

    Elson also discusses the early days of her modelling career ('Doing run-of-the mill haircare, living in a model apartment with twelve other girls') and recalls the decision to dye her hair to it's now signature shade of red; 'When a model walks in and has something distinctive, even if its just a spirit, its much more alluring.'

    Watch the exclusive interview now and don't forget to watch our chats with fellow Meisel muses Lily Cole and Kristen McMenamy!


  5. by SHOWstudio .

    The Nerve Meter by Joseph Lally

    We’re excited to launch a new trilogy of films by avant garde filmmaker and regular SHOWstudio contributor Joseph Lally

    The three films The Nerve Meter, The Versace Man and The Marc Jacobs Man aim to challenge conventional approaches to fashion film: 'The aim of this series was to objectify the male model through coercion and appeal, to demonstrate the power of fashion when warped through lens and edit devises, to break what is perceived as a fashion video and to give pleasure and reward to the viewer,' explains Lally. Expect nudity, violence and Lally’s signature, seductive dark style.

    Watch the films now and don’t forget to revisit Lally's past projects such as Soap Opera - ‘a Warholian epic of people of the worst morals going under a breakdown’ - and Beauty, featuring performances from Daphne Guinness and model Ben Walter amongst others.

  6. by SHOWstudio .

    Kali Uchis presents a brand new Fashion Mix!

    Kick off the week with Kali Uchis' playlist of favourite songs. As part of our running Fashion Mix series - which features playlists by a myriad of designers, models, journalists and photographers - the Columbian-born, LA-based singer/songwriter has picked out her top ten tracks. Her mix features a string of golden oldies starting with Beto Villano’s Suavecito and rounding off with Brigitte Bardot and Leo Dan.

    Listen to Kali Uchis’ selection now and be sure to explore the rest of our Fashion Mix series.


  7. by SHOWstudio .

    Anj Smith's SHOWcabinet

    Last night saw the opening of Anj Smith’s spellbinding SHOWcabinet exhibition at 19 Motcomb Street! Featuring objects and artefacts that have informed and inspired the painter's practice, Smith’s spectacular 'wunderkammer' offers a rare insight into her mystical world and work. Nick Knight’s beautifully printed Flora portfolio sits alongside Louis Wain’s surreal Kaleidoscopic Cat paintings and a garden headdress by Philip Treacy compliments two of Anj Smith’s own exquisite artworks. Don’t miss this spectacle, open daily from 10:00 - 18:00 GMT.

  8. by SHOWstudio .

    Take 15 minutes with Sarah Mower

    The final cut of Sarah Mower's In Fashion interview is now available to watch! The critic and Vogue contributor sat down with Lou Stoppard to discuss theatrical fashion, young designers and crying at shows; 'It's not just about being professional, it's about feeling it.'

    Mower also talks about the rise of bloggers  - 'i hate that thing of trying to set dinosaur critics against bloggers. I believe in everyone having an opportunity' - and ponders the role of the fashion journalist; 'It can never be about you, it should never be about you. Even if I don't like something, I can still analyse it. Who would care whether Sarah Mower wants to wear it?'

    Watch the condensed interview now and explore the rest of the In Fashion series, including chats with Vogue's Alexandra Shulman and Lucinda Chambers.

  9. by SHOWstudio .

    Kate Moss on Peter Lindbergh

    Our Subjective interview series returns! This week Nick Knight speaks to Kate Moss about her experiences working with Peter Lindbergh as he continues his investigation in fashion photography from the model's side of the camera.

    'It's classic,' says Moss of the black and white portrait. 'Peter is a legend. He was a lovely cuddly guy, no ego... He loves women but not in a weird sexy way, he's not a lech. He loves who the woman is.'

    The British supermodel also discusses collaborating with other iconic image-makers including Irving Penn, Richard Avedon and Helmut Newton; 'He didn't like me that much, I was too thin. They put more accessories on me than I probably weighed!'

    Watch the exclusive interview now and don't forget to explore our sister project Transformative!

  10. by SHOWstudio .

    Girly: a new essay by Sarah Kathryn Cleaver

    The Girly project continues! Read our latest essay from writer Sarah Kathryn Cleaver as she ponders Tumblr's troubling infatuation with Lolita.

    Examining the current online obsession with Nabokov's eponymous heroine, Cleaver explains the inherently problematic dichotomy that the trope represents; 'the co-existence of obsessive love and self-serving tyranny.' This, she argues, finds a perfect outlet in the angsty Tumblr pages of the 'nymphet community,' idolising Lana del Ray and spanning 'a diverse range of Lolita interpretations, from superficial feeds of anything pastel-coloured, to the almost inventorial, right through to the pornographic and upsettingly dark.'

    Read the full essay now and don't forget to explore the rest of the project, including interviews with Girly aficionados Ryan Lo, Louby Mcloughlin and Arvida Bystrom!

  11. by Iain R. Webb .

    Walking in the rain

    This still is taken from backstage video footage of preparation for Alexander McQueen’s Golden Shower Spring/Summer 1998 fashion show, filmed by renowned set designer Simon Costin. It shows McQueen’s stylist and long-time collaborator Katy England road testing the designer’s heels on a wet perspex catwalk. This film is part of Costin’s Impossible Catwalks exhibition at Fashion Space Gallery, 20 John Princes Street, London College of Fashion, London, W1. Until Saturday, 13 December 2014.

  12. by Niamh White .

    Christopher Orr's Monkey Portait

    This wonderful portrait of a monkey by artist Christopher Orr will feature in Anj Smith's SHOWcabinet exhibition at SHOWstudio. We open to the public on Friday 21 November so come and see it at 19 Motcomb Street, London then!

  13. by Marie Schuller .

    Hervé L. Leroux at ARTGeorgia

    With the festivities of ARTGeorgia coming to a close another guest of the event, designer Hervé L. Leroux, enjoys an autumn walk through the centre of old town Tbilisi which features a city centre waterfall.

  14. by SHOWstudio .

    The adidas Spezial exhibition moves to Paris!

    Travelling from its original home up north as part of Design Manchester, Gary Aspden's adidas SPEZIAL exhibition re-opened yesterday, 13 November at No42 in Paris. The exhibition, which showcases archive adidas footwear curated from the collections of the sportswear brand's most fervent devotees, changes and develops along with its location, and features pieces from local collectors as well as celebrity fans.

    The exhibition is a must-visit for Paris-based sportswear fans, but, if you can't make it, console yourself with Sole Searching in South America, a short film documenting Aspden's search for vintage adidas in Buenos Aires.

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