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British supermodel Liberty Ross speaks again with Nick Knight for this weeks Subjective interview, this time discussing working together on a shoot for the Sunday Times and collaborating on a story for British Vogue
Ross and Knight talked over topics including modelling post motherhood, performativity and the sensual shoot the pair created for British Vogue; ‘What I loved is that you really put it back on me and said to me ‘I’m only going to do it if it comes from you’, which to me was so exciting.’ Ross explains. ‘I love this image because I really think it speaks for itself... I wanted to capture eroticism’.
The pair also touched upon Ross’ participation in SHOWstudio’s More Beautiful Women project in 2002. Why not take a look back at the project which pays homage to Andy Warhol’s screen tests.
Edited footage of Tom and Ruth Chapman’s forthright In Fashion interview is now available! The co-founders and CEOs of MATCHESFASHION.COM sat down with Lou Stoppard to discuss the differences between running a shop and a website and what makes a successful brand, explaining that ‘the brand starts with the product. If the product isn’t good, the product isn’t good.’
SHOWstudio is delighted to present Scripting a New World, a new fashion film curated and produced by art director Dejan Jovanovic. The salient film focuses on LGBT awareness and specifically 'the struggle of young people growing up, being different, and the management and realisation of how being different is the essence of change towards a new future.'
The starting point of the film was a poem, written by teaching artist and poet Joanna Hoffman. From this foundation, director Christina Ladwig, producer Sophie Ruthensteiner, stylist Julien Alleyne, along with Jovanovic's special effects and a specially composed score by Jakob Rabitsch, aim to capture the struggle and turn the concept into something relatable.
Watch Scripting a New World exclusively on SHOWstudio now!
We are delighted to announce that SHOWstudio are the winners of the 'most creative collaboration' award at the REBELS 2015!
The collision of luxury and lifestyle is fracturing the contemporary travel industry, transforming travel brands into lifestyle brands with a distaste for the conventional. THE REBELS recognise those creative dissenters whose fight for their individual cause finds them at the forefront of this new, limited edition take on travel.
This year’s shortlist was compiled by a creative cartel of cross-industry artists whose own experience in deviating from the norm won them a place on the judging panel. Then the collective had their say when they voted on the winners at LE Miami 2015.
To coincide with Art Basel Miami Beach and the launch of the hotel, SHOWstudio partnered with The Miami Beach EDITION to host a series of interviews with creative visionaries in contemporary culture, including renowned hotelier Ian Schrager, who discusses the American dream in an interview with Carrie Scott, on location in Miami from the hotel’s exclusive new bungalows.
Massive thanks to EDITION and Purple PR for all their help.
As our coverage of the London menswear collections gets underway, photographer and filmmaker Ellie Tsatsou went backstage at the Cottweiler and Nasir Mazhar S/S 16 shows, creating images exclusively for SHOWstudio!
Featuring imagery from the Cottweiler studio in the days leading up to their S/S 16 show, Tsatsou has created a ‘moving mood board,’ with an exclusive soundtrack by sound artist Panthamilk, giving a unique insight into the creative process and inspirations of the British menswear duo.
Tsatsou then captured the scenes backstage at both the Cottweiler show and British designer Nasir Mazhar’s S/S 16 collection.
Every season as part of our signature Collections coverage, SHOWstudio invites an artist to interpret their favourite looks from each major city. For LC:M S/S 16, French multi-disciplinary art director, photographer and illustrator Clément Louis will be creating artworks inspired by key shows - stay tuned for JW Anderson, Craig Green and much more menswear!
Celebrate LC:M S/S 16 with a brand new Fashion Mix playlist compiled by Pieter! The menswear designer has chosen ten of his favourite songs both classic and contemporary, including tracks from Arca, Pet Shop Boys and Ariana Grande.
SHOWstudio is proud to present ‘The Adoration of the Pilgrim’, a haunting new fashion film collaboration between designer Edward Crutchley and director Ollie Evans. Inspired by the idea of pilgrimage, both traditional and modern, the film juxtaposes the traditional holy man with a surfer- one on a search for enlightenment, the other on a quest for the perfect wave.
‘When I started talking to Ollie about these themes, he immediately hit on the perfect idea of a tableaux vivant inspired by renaissance religious painting. We both knew this would hit the right mix between the stillness and beauty of the film composition and the brightness and simplicity of the clothing. The mix of these elements creates a strong, modern image- everything that Edward Crutchley is about,’ explains Crutchley.
For his first ever brand campaign, promoting his A/W 15 collection, celebrated London menswear designer, Craig Green has collaborated with renowned photographer and director of SHOWstudio.com, Nick Knight OBE.
Today we are delighted to reveal the finished images along with an exclusive film shot on set. United by a mutual interest in movement, colour and energy, references included shots of football and rugby tackles, and the campaign toys with themes of chaos and aggression.
On working with Knight on this exciting project Green commented, 'I have always been a huge admirer of Nick's work, he has incredible vision and technical skill and this comes through in so many varied ways. He really understood what we wanted to express and the energy of the Autumn Winter '15 collection. The support of Nick, his team and SHOWstudio has been incredible.'
Launching today in celebration of the partnership and project between JOYCE and MACHINE-A, visionary image-maker and SHOWstudio founder Nick Knight and artist Rei Nadal have joined forces again, collaborating on Yungsters. The exclusive fashion film based on the original concept by Stavros Karelis will be the pair’s second collaboration following last year’s BFC sponsored film Girl, the centre of our Girly project.
Promoting a new generation of fashion talents, the project sees JOYCE and MACHINE-A continue to push boundaries with a cross-cultural partnership that highlights the work of the most inspirational Chinese and British fashion graduates. Each boutique has handpicked four exceptional talents from their part of the world and enlisted them to design a total of eight bold and experimental capsule collections. Styled by Ellie Grace Cumming, the fashion shows the Chinese designers selected by JOYCE are Ximon Lee, Kay Kwok, Xiao Li, and Kenneth Yeung, and the British contingent are represented by fashion graduates Adam Marc James, Chris O'Carroll, Grace Wales Bonner and Kiko Kostandinov.
The collections will be available exclusively at JOYCE Pacific Place boutique, the MACHINE-A boutique in London and online through the newly-launched unique online retail experience SHOWstudio / MACHINE-A e-shop.
SHOWstudio’s Subjective series instigated by Nick Knight to explore the history of contemporary fashion photography through the eyes of the models continues. In the latest instalment, Karen Elson and Knight forthrightly discuss Mario Sorrenti, body image, beauty and nudes.
Seen as the ‘antichrist of fashion photography’, in a time when heroin chic had taken its hold of the fashion industry, Sorrenti’s striking images of Elson sits on the blurred boundary between the fashion and art spheres. Elson considered her changing outlook on nudes acknowledging ardently to Knight that ‘there has to be a tenderness’ and a ‘sensitivity’ and convening also on the ever underlying and conflicted moral dilemma surrounding body image and size in the fashion industry.
Tune in on Monday 15 June at 15:30 BST for our next In Fashion interview. SHOWstudio editor Lou Stoppard will be talking to revered image-maker Ellen Von Unwerth for the next installment of our candid video interview series.
Starting her career as a model Von Unwerth then turned her hand to photography. Her work has been published in magazines including The Face, Vanity Fair, Vogue and i-D, and she has shot campaigns for brands such as Guess?, Clinique and Revlon. Over her career she has also worked alongside musicians such as Britney Spears, Rihanna and Duran Duran, shooting an assortment of music videos and album covers.
Last week fashion history and theory graduate Liberty McAnena became the latest person to take up the reins of the SHOWstudio Tumblr with her exploration of nostalgia.
McAnena's curation focused first on childhood, emphasising the somewhat contradictory nature of fashion's preoccupation with the past while also being an industry that thrives on newness and forward thinking. Day two constituted a hark back to high school days, as McAnena used an iconic shoot for The Face, by Sofia Coppola and Corinne Day, as one point of reference for fashion's obsession with preppy. McAnena went on to look at love and its undeniable evocation of nostalgia, while also exploring fashion's fetishisation of trauma. Day five saw a mesmeric manifestation of retrofuturism. Givenchy by Alexander McQueen, A/W 99 was just one point of reference for how fashion, while certainly fond of romanticising the past, is equally keen on idealising the future.
McAnena's complete curation is now available to view. Why not also peruse her own brilliant Tumblr page, which combines archive editorial imagery with poignant film stills and photography tied loosely around themes of youth, femininity and sensuality.
We've reached the final day of our Faustine Steinmetz Sculpting Denim live studio! The designer has almost finished the one-of-a-kind piece she has been hand-weaving with silk and copper over that last couple of days.
Tune in to watch Steinmetz put the finishing touches on the garment, which will be photgraphed by Nick Knight in a live shoot later today! While you wait, be sure to submit questions for the denim doyenne in our Q&A session scheduled to take place at 12:30 BST!
Steinmetz is now two-thirds of the way through her weaving process, and her assistant Anne has started piecing the one-of-a-kind denim jacket together. The up-and-coming designer also answered questions from the audience in two Q&A sessions; 'For me, I'm not interested in doing womenswear and menswear, unisex is much more attractive' she explained.
Tune in again on Friday 5 June at 11:00 to watch as Steinmetz finalises the garment, which will be photographed by Nick Knight in a live photo shoot tomorrow afternoon. While you wait, submit more questions for the final Q&A session!