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  1. by SHOWstudio .

    Beautiful Bonnets

    Bonnet, an ethereal editorial shot by Nick Knight and styled by Amanda Harlech is out today in V Magazine’s Winter 2014/2015 issue.
     
    The project, which explores the rich and varied history of the largely extinct piece of headwear, saw a handful of the most talented designers craft their own interpretation of the bonnet, with encouragement to ignore limitation and create freely. Invited designers included Alexander McQueen's Sarah Burton, Iris Van Herpen, Givenchy's Riccardo Tisci, Stephen Jones and J.W. Anderson. The final thirteen creations demonstrate the bonnet's many roles: from framing the face, capturing the gaze and serving as a funnel for beauty, to standing alone as an attractive object. Modelled on a variety of girls, from infant to adult, the bonnets are styled alongside a beautiful selection of vintage pieces and clothes by Junya Watanabe, to create a fantastically haunting set of final images. 

    To accompany the launch of the editorial we asked V&A curator and SHOWstudio favourite Oriole Cullen to teach us a little more about the fascinating history of the headpiece. In conversation with our editor Lou Stoppard at the V&A’s London-based fashion and textile archives The Clothworkers’ Centre, the pair discuss the styles and social connotations of an array of spectacular archive pieces as well as suggesting subconscious references for the contemporary, custom-made bonnets fashioned for the V Magazine story.

    Get your copy of V Magazine today, and browse Bonnet to view an extended gallery of editorial images as well as shoot footage and the interview with Oriole Cullen! Coming up soon, we'll be launching a Bonnet fashion film - stay tuned!
  2. by Niamh White .

    Anj Smith: Echo, 2014
    Limited edition etching available now

    We're currently installing the upcoming Anj Smith exhibition at SHOWstudio and, among an array of awe inspiring items that are gradually coming in, we have received this beautiful etching Echo from the artist. It is the first edition to be made by the painter in 10 years, and we're releasing it to mark the opening of the show. It's an extremely limited run, and it's available now.

    The show opens next Thursday 21 November at 19 Motcomb Street, and then runs through until 27 February 2015. Don't miss it.

    Image: Anj Smith, Echo, 2014, Zinc on etching paper, Edition 10/10 + 2AP, 12.7 x 16.2 cm / 5 x 6 3/8 inches, Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth, Photo: Todd-White Art Photography

  3. by SHOWstudio .

    Erin O'Connor on David Downton

    This week's Subjective interview is with British supermodel Erin O'Connor, who speaks to Nick Knight about her ongoing collaboration with illustrator David Downton.

    O'Connor praises Downton's elegant style - 'If you're David you can capture the essence of a person in three lines' - and explains the success of their longstanding relationship; 'The way he will take an angle and run away with it, I sort of represent that in real life, a bit asymmetrical... He can do a drawing of me in ten seconds.'

    She also describes her earliest attempts at modelling ('We'd emulate the poses from my mum's knitting patterns') and discusses her influence on other illustrators; 'I get sent a lot of stuff on twitter, especially from students. That's the most flattering thing of all.'

    Watch the exclusive interview now and stay tuned for more as Subjective continues!

  4. by SHOWstudio .

    Watch Maria Sharapova, Pedro Lourenco and Lou Stoppard In Conversation

    Last weekend saw an inspiring chat between our own Lou Stoppard, designer Pedro Lourenco and tennis pro Maria Sharapova at NikeLab. You can now watch the full conversation, on the subject of women, sport, fashion and innovation, as part of our In Conversation series. 

    Having recently designed a collaborative range for Nike, Lourenco shared his thoughts on sportswear's influence on the fashion industry, and the future technological possibilities of design; 'We've had an amazing technological revolution in communication - that should apply to clothes now.' Sharapova, whose long-term working relationship with Nike has resulted in some of the world's most photographed centre-court outfits, gave her perspective on the fusing of function and fashion in women's lives today.

    Enjoy the absorbing panel discussion now, a must-see for sport and fashion fans alike!

  5. by SHOWstudio .

    SHOWstudio wins an award in Madrid!

    We are thrilled to announce that the Madrid Fashion Festival awarded SHOWstudio an honorary award in recognition of the pivotal role we have played in both creating and championing the medium of fashion film, which has become widely acknowledged as the most dynamic and exciting way to show fashion. Charlotte Knight went out to Madrid to collect the award on SHOWstudio's behalf.

    Dip into our archive to explore some of our most acclaimed fashion films including Sweet from 2000 and The More Visible They Make Me, The More Invisible I Become, Nick Knight's second ever fashion film.

  6. by SHOWstudio .

    Take 15 minutes with Jefferson Hack

    Edited footage of Lou Stoppard's In Fashion interview with Dazed and Confused founder Jefferson Hack is now available! Watch them discuss his attraction to fashion’s ‘bigger psychological story’ and the importance of London club culture to his creative upbringing, ‘Anyone I collaborated with or did anything on Dazed with, including all my staff, were recruited through bars and clubs! They were the most interesting places for me … the level of experimentation was incredible.'

    Watch the condensed interview now and be sure check out the rest of the In Fashion series, featuring some of the industry’s most effervescent individuals including Dazed's former creative director Nicola Formichetti and the inimitable Alexander McQueen.

  7. by SHOWstudio .

    Be patient! We're launching the Nike panel discussion footage this week

    Yesterday, 9 November we spent an inspiring day at the NikeLab in Shoreditch, as our own Lou Stoppard chaired a conversation on women, sport and fashion. Other panelists included tennis star Maria Sharapova, famous for her customised Nike looks on the court, and designer Pedro Lourenco, whose collection for the sports brand was released last month.

    The group discussed innovation in sportswear and the fusion of sport and fashion: 'Sport has such an amazing aesthetic, it's not surprising fashion is influenced by it,' declared Lourenco. Sharapova spoke about her earliest memories of discovering fashion upon moving to America from Russia aged 7, and her love for combining form with function in her on court wardrobe: 'It's so powerful to be good at what you do and to wear something that makes you want to do it better.'

    You wont have long to wait to watch the panel, we'll be releasing the footage this Wednesday, 12 November. In the meantime watch more from our In Conversation series featuring the likes of Suzy Menkes, Alber Elbaz and Yohji Yamamoto.

  8. by SHOWstudio .

    Stay tuned for a panel discussion on women, fashion and sport

    Last month our editor Lou Stoppard attended the Nike Women’s Summit in New York, which debuted some of the sportswear label’s exciting upcoming products, including the collaborative collection by Brazilian designer Pedro Lourenço (seen above worn by Karlie Kloss). Nike’s Spring/Summer 2015 collection was unveiled at the event, modelled by 27 of the world's top athletes including Paula Radcliffe & Laura Robson.

    This Sunday, 9 November, Stoppard will be chairing a conversation at Shoreditch, London’s Nikelab on the subjects of women, sport, fashion and innovation and featuring panelists Maria Sharapova and Pedro Lourenço. Stay tuned for the footage, launching next Wednesday 12 November and follow our Twitter for quotes live from the event.

  9. by SHOWstudio .

    It's the final day of Claudia Maté's Tumblr takeover

    It’s the last day of digital artist Claudia Maté’s reign over the SHOWstudio Tumblr! Review her lighthearted curation - a gaggle of glorious GIFs that bring to life some of fashion’s most famous images from Naomi Campbell by Steven Meisel to Vivienne Westwood by Juergen Teller as well as irreverent artworks such as Lorena Prain's portrait of a nude Justin Bieber. You can also revisit past curations by the likes of fashion designer Mary Katrantzou, artist Erica Schreiner and stylist Ellie Grace Cumming.

  10. by SHOWstudio .

    Part 2 of the Pin-ups shoot is now live!

    It's part two of our live editorial Pin-ups shoot with 10 Magazine! Today Nick Knight is on set with Victoria's Secret Angels Lily Donaldson and Lily Aldridge as they continue to reinterpret the traditional codes and motifs of erotic imagery. Expect animal costumes, 3D scanning and a whole lot of feathers.

    Watch NOW to see the shoot as it happens and stay tuned for the finished images, coming soon in the Spring issue of 10 Magazine!

  11. by SHOWstudio .

    Pin-ups continues!

    Nick Knight and Sophia Neophitou’s Pin-ups shoot for 10 Magazine resumes tomorrow, 7 November! Part two features Victoria’s Secret ‘Angels’ Lily Donaldson and Lily Aldridge - expect fabulous sets, otherworldly hair and make-up and futuristic 3D scanning as Knight continues to riff on the traditional codes and motifs of erotic imagery. Tune in to watch the live-streamed shoot from 08:30 GMT, the final images of which will appear in the spring issue of 10 Magazine.

  12. by SHOWstudio .

    Girly: a new essay by Lou Stoppard

    The Girly project continues! Read our latest essay from SHOWstudio editor Lou Stoppard as she laments the rise of the 'Basic Bitches.'

    Examining the current trend for hyper-youthful, hyper-feminine fashion, Stoppard muses why women want to be girls, arguing that it 'actually has very little to do with women’s rights, it's all about age, education and economy.' Citing designers like Jeremy Scott and style icons like Cher Horowitz, Stoppard posits that 'young women have no idea who [their] role models are'; 'our generation has been forced into a time warp, cruelly prevented from ever growing up like some sad passive aggressive female Peter Pan in American Apparel disco pants.'

    Read the full essay now and don't forget to explore the rest of the Girly project, including Nick Knight and Rei Nadal's Girl fashion film! 

  13. by Charles Jeffrey .

    Loverboy

    LOVERBOY is a highly concentrated mix of art house sex appeal tossed up with a healthy dose of electric space age modernism. At LOVERBOY we don't care who you are or what you are, as long as your head is in the clouds and you're ready to get lost. Dancing is the path to redemption...It's the 4th night of decoration and destruction at the notorious Vogue Fabrics this Friday 7 November from 22:00 GMT to 03:00 GMT.

  14. by SHOWstudio .

    1914 Now: Films and Essays

    SHOWstudio is proud to present 1914 Now, a film installation and collaboration between fashion curators and filmmakers.

    Inspired by Rem Koolhaas's brief to the national pavilions in the Giardini of the Venice Architectural Biennale, Absorbing Modernity 1914 to 2014, the project was realised when London College of Fashion's Alison Moloney invited four curators  - Walter Van Beirendonck, Amy de la Haye, Judith Clark and Kaat Debo -  to express a moment in fashion or dress from 1914 through the medium of film.

    The curators have collaborated with filmmakers including Bart Hess, James Norton, Katerina Athanasopoulou and Marie Schuller, simultaneously revealing multiple perspectives on one year of fashion and on fashion curation, with each curator displaying their distinctive approach towards their discipline and highlighting the interplay between static object and moving image.

    Alongside the four films are essays from the curators and responses from architectural historians and practitioners and critics, which explore how moments of modernity in fashion collide with those from other disciplines.

    Explore the in-depth project and browse the 1914 Now catalogue, available for purchase at SHOWstudio Shop!

  15. by SHOWstudio .

    Liberty Ross on Ozzy Osbourne and Bob Carlos Clarke

    Subjective continues! In the latest episode of our rolling series reconsidering fashion photography from the models' side of the camera, Nick Knight speaks to Liberty Ross about appearing on Ozzy Osbourne's No Rest for the Wicked album cover when she was just nine years old.

    Ross recalls arriving at the shoot with her mother 'and just being so confused'; 'I was like 'what is happening?!' I didn't really know much about Ozzy, apart from he was a rock star.' She also discusses collaborating with photographer Bob Carlos Clarke on the project and explains her early entry into modelling; 'Weirdly I'm really shy so I don't know why or how I ended up doing this job. It was just part of who I am.'

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

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