In the candid chat, Moss discusses working with McDean (who assisted Knight for three years), and concedes: ‘He’s got some of your mannerisms a bit - not mannerisms… but you can tell it's from the same school’. The pair also touch upon how photographic references and parenthood has affected their working practice.
Haute couture A/W 15 has begun and so have our live panels.
This morning, we looked at Schiaparelli with the help of fashion journalist Bel Jacobs, academic Rosemary Wallin, designer Caroline Charles and Stylist's fashion director Alexandra Fullerton. The panel discussed collaborations between the art and fashion worlds, new creative director, Bertrand Guyon, and ‘awkward’ dressing couture style.
Later today at 14:30 BST, we’ll be joined by curator Alison Moloney, professor Amy de la Haye, writer Hettie Judah and mytheresa.com's creative director Paula Reed to delve into Christian Dior. They’ll be talking fashion documentaries and the ever-changing calendar of fashion along with Raf Simons’ imprint on the house.
John Galliano’s second Maison Margiela couture collection is up for debate on Wednesday 8th July at 10:00 BST. The Independent's Rebecca Gonsalves, writer and blogger Bel Jacobs, curator Oriole Cullen, writer Harriet Verney and journalist Tilly Macalister-Smith will be examining the shifting nature of showmanship as well as the position of couture in modern society.
It’s the turn of Fendi’s ‘haute fourrure’ collection at 19:00 BST on Wednesday 8th July with Sabrina Shim, Grazia's Katherine Ormerod and communications director Rosanna Falconer. Hot topics being discussed include the great fur debate, the future of couture and Fendi’s big move.
Don’t forget to check out the catwalk looks, show reports and social media curations.
It's almost time for our next Tumblr take-over! Following our tradition of inviting a guest curator to take the reigns of the SHOWstudio Tumblr for the first week of each month, we're pleased to welcome fashion editor and longtime SHOWstudio contributor, Alexander Fury from tomorrow, Saturday 4 July. Coinciding with couture season, Fury will be exploring and documenting different couture clients throughout history. Stay tuned to see what Fury has in store.
In one of SHOWstudio's earliest forays into 3D, Nick Knight and Val Garland used 'Pinpression' toys to immortalise the faces of supermodels Kate Moss, Erin O'Connor, Naomi Campbell, Stella Tennant, Karen Elson, Gemma Ward and Liberty Ross. Completed over the course of a year, the models' faces were cast in pins after a day's shooting with Knight then set in resin and decorated by Garland.
SHOWstudio is delighted to present 'Contemporary Fashion Illustration', an exhibition showcasing 150 contemporary fashion illustrations by 32 artists.
As a key advocate of the discipline, SHOWstudio has commissioned a variety of unique and collectable artworks for our seasonal collections coverage, exhibitied on our Tumblr, and special projects including Illustrating McQueen and Maison Margiela: The Replica Drawings. Over time, our network of both established and the most exciting emerging illustrators has grown exponentially.
Visit our gallery at 19 Motcomb Street, London and delve into the word of fashion illustration. Open to the public Monday to Friday, 11:00-18:00, from 3 July - 21 August 2015. Don't miss it!
Psst.. All featured artworks are also available to shop online at SHOWstudio/MACHINE-E.com.
Haute couture Autumn/Winter 2015 approaches and our extensive coverage of the shows continues!
We are delighted to announce that self-taught artist Ozabu will be illustrating and interpreting a some of the most exciting couture collections. Working largely in pencil and graphite, Ozabu’s unique, ghostly world is inspired by the culture, mythology and the essence of Japan where she grew up.
Watch the latest instalment of our ongoing Subjective series, in which Nick Knight reflects on the history of fashion photography from the perspective of the models. This week he speaks to British supermodel Naomi Campbell about collaborating on ‘Untitled’, a Political Fashion film tackling the taboo subject of racism in the fashion industry.
Campbell sat down with Knight to candidly discuss racism in casting (‘We are not a trend - I didn’t work 28 years for it to be a trend’), the powerful nature of the film - ‘I loved how you stood up for us, how you told the truth because many don’t’ - and her working relationship with Knight: ‘It’s not your normal 9 to 5 photoshoot - it’s always something different, it’s always something creative, it’s always something new and innovative that we’ve never done before’.
Menswear might be over but haute couture A/W 15 has arrived!
Our live panel discussions return on Monday 6 July when we'll be pondering Christian Dior and Schiaparelli. On Wednesday 8th July, we'll be unpicking Maison Margiela and the hotly anticipated debut Fendi couture show.
As well as our signature live panels we will also be posting show reports, catwalk images and a selection of curated social media. Follow here!
Our Amor project continues live today! Watch as Nick Knight shoots supermodel-in-the-making Molly Bair in a selection of pieces from designers including Prada, Celine, Fendi and Junya Watanabe, all styled by SHOWstudio regular Amanda Harlech.
Tune in now to see the shoot as it happens and stay tuned for the finished fashion film and editorial, coming soon to V magazine!
Inspired by the image of a blackened sunflower head, Nick Knight and Amanda Harlech unite on a live shoot featuring model-of-the-moment Molly Bair in a selection of Junya Watanabe and Comme des Garcons. Entitled Amor, the project explores the parallels between creativity and love - both all-encompasing, yet transient. Tune in and watch the shoot unfold live from the studio on Sunday 27 June and Monday 28 June from 11:00 BST!
Our Transformative series returns! This running series of exclusive interviews with stylists, makeup artists and hairdressers continues as influential makeup artist Val Garland shares her experiences of working with designer Gareth Pugh, filmmaker Ruth Hogben and M.A.C cosmetics.
Recalling Hogben’s fashion film to celebrate M.A.C’s collaboration with Pugh, Garland sat down with Nick Knight to discuss the difference between doing makeup for still images and films: ‘With photography, you have more time to make sure that what’s on your canvas is perfect from that angle- there’s more work involved for film because it’s got to look good from every angle, even the back.’
Garland also talks about creative freedom- ‘Gareth said do what you want and that’s exactly what I wanted to hear’- and capturing Pugh’s distinctive aesthetic through the medium of makeup: ‘It’s mysterious, it’s quite gothic and dark, like Gareth, so I think it was a good collaboration.’
Watch the interview now and don’t forget to revisit Garland in conversation with Terry Barber and SHOWstudio editor Lou Stoppard to hear the trio discuss Alexander McQueen show makeup as part of the 'V&A Connects' series.
Our model interview series, Subjective, is back! This week, Karen Elson reminisces about working with dynamic photography duo Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott and stylist Katie Grand on a daring editorial shoot for POP magazine’s Spring/Summer 2005 issue.
The British supermodel sat down with Nick Knight to candidly discuss the image’s nudity (‘I was like oh shit, I’m naked in Ibiza, people are beeping their horns- it was just such a spectacle’), the perils of over-production- ‘You can’t take away spontaneity from a photograph’- and the excitement of posing for Mert & Marcus: ‘As a model, sometimes knowing less is best- you’re thrown into it and it’s like an instinctual reaction happens.’
In the meantime, take a look back at Joshua Osborn’s eye-catching illustrations of the most salient collections from Milan or Clément Louis’ striking artworks interpreting the LC:M S/S 16 shows. All are available to peruse on Tumblr and shop at SHOWstudio/MACHINE-A!
'Lee wanted his woman to be different… it was the other side of aspirational beauty' says Barber of McQueen's unconventional aesthetic. The pair reminisce about their involvement in some of the late designer's most celebrated shows, from Voss ('It was botox beauty') to No 13 ('The only time I saw Lee cry'). Garland summarises: 'He gave me some of the most fantastic moments in my career that will always live with me. Wasn’t I lucky to be a part of it?'
Last night SHOWstudio had the pleasure of attending V&A Connects with M.A.C. Make-up artists Val Garland and Terry Barber sat down with our own Lou Stoppard to dicuss creating some of Alexander McQueen's most iconic looks, from the 'botox beauty' of Voss to the macabre clowns of What a Merry Go Round. Stay tuned for complete footage of the panel and audience Q&A, coming soon to SHOWstudio!
SHOWstudio presents a new fashion film created by Marcelo Burlon for his brand County of Milan. Released in tandem with the A/W 15 collection, the film is a celebration of bravery and passion.
The collection plays with the esoteric dualism between the black and the red, inspired by gauchos from Burlon’s homeland, Patagonia. ‘Its core mood is a contemporary reinterpretation of gaucho apparel with a hint of intergalactic futurism - a space gaucho’ Burlon explains. The concept of the film is ignited by legendary dancer and choreographer, Maurice Bejart's 1961 Ravel Boero, which too used black and red as a leitmotif, yet the feeling differs completely.
Directed by Daniel Sannwald, alongside creative director Heiko Keinath and with make-up by Isamaya Ffrench, the idea is brought to life by dancers Louis McMiller, Kukiko Takase and Karen Bengo.
Watch County of Milan’s film exclusively on SHOWstudio!