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    Erin O'Connor talks Richard Avedon
    Watch the latest Subjective interview

    Nick Knight continues to form a history of contemporary fashion photography from the point of view of models with Subjective. In this week's segment he speaks to Erin O'Connor about a Versace campaign shot by Richard Avedon. 

    O'Connor describes her impressions of the legendary photographer, both as an artist and as a man. 'In real life he was sort of like a playful naughty little boy. He must have been in his seventies when i first met him and I developed a huge crush on him,' she confesses. Delve into the interview to uncover a new side of the famous image, including O'Connor's memories of the process of working with 10 by 8, the references Avedon compared her to and his fixation with her nose -  'I've been following that nose of yours all season,' he reportedly said to her on their second meeting. 

    Check out Subjective now for this and other interviews in the series.

  2. by SHOWstudio .

    SHOWstudio at Graduate Fashion Week

    SHOWstudio is at Graduate Fashion Week 2014 today creating a fashion film live!

    Today, 3 June, is the last day of Graduate Fashion Week and we are occupying the Fashion Forward space to showcase the creation of a fashion film with digital effects created live by the SHOWstudio team. 
    The film features the winning piece from our J.W. Anderson Design Download competition. The winning designer, Ryan Rodriguez, reinterpreted the A/W 14 pattern using chinese silk and thread. The gorgeous Harmony Boucher is modelling the piece, while SHOWstudio's own head of fashion film Marie Schuller and digital art director Jon Emmony are building a layered landscape using projections and 3D scans as a backdrop.
    Drop in and see us in the Fashion Forward space at The Truman Brewery in Brick Lane, and stay tuned for the final film!
  3. by SHOWstudio .

    Ugly: Ana Kinsella on the uncanny
    Read the new essay now!

    Our Ugly project continues with a new essay by fashion writer and junior editor at Bon magazine Ana Kinsella. Exploring the idea of the uncanny - 'that strange feeling that arises when we encounter something that is both familiar and unfamiliar at once' - Kinsella investigates the work of designers such as Christopher Kane and J.W Anderson, unpicking their use of misleading, 'look-again' textures and constructions. 

    'Pure ugliness is difficult to pin down, harder for us to form a general consensus on, but the uncanny is a little more universal, perhaps because at a fundamental level, it works by simple juxtaposition. While ugliness can involve issues of taste and opinion and morals, the uncanny hits us on a gut level.' she explains.

    Delve into the 'allure of the off-kilter' and read Kinsella's essay now!

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    Fashion film! RCA womenswear 2014
    Watch the fashion film now!

    We're excited to launch another fashion film showcasing pieces from the RCA MA 2014 show! The film by Bunker London features garments from the talented womenswear graduates, and follows on from the menswear fashion film by Manny Bonett, premiered on SHOWstudio last week.

    Watch the film now for a closer look at some of this year's most creative fashion school offerings and stay tuned for footage of the full show coming soon!

  5. by SHOWstudio .

    Iphigenia Gras Tumblr takeover

    Each month, SHOWstudio invites a different creative to take over our Tumblr, giving them free reign to post images, words and videos that excite or inspire them. Previous 'guest curators' include Simon Foxton, Anna Trevelyan and Rei Nadal. Today, 1 June, we're welcoming Iphigenia Gras to the Tumblr. Gras is, in her owns words, 'a freelance designer, feminist, musician (and maybe a witch) with a dark and twisted edge.' Known as 'Foie' online, she has gathered a following for her music, witty writing and art.

    The guest curation times with the urgent #YesAllWomen campaign and will see Gras post content inspired by women, the feminist movement and sexuality. Head to Tumblr this week - 1 to 7 June 14 - to see more!

  6. by Calum Knight .

    Uzi - Money

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    Kate Moss Month is wrapping up soon
    See the latest from Nick Knight's archive

    All month long, Nick Knight has been revisiting the extensive archive from his two decades-long working relationship with Kate Moss, exploring the idea of recontextualising the image of the iconic model. He has revisited some of the most memorable imagery of his career, from Kate in David Bowie's pale blue suit, to the second fashion film he ever made in 1995!

    The latest set of images revolve around White Wedding, an Agent Provocateur campaign shot from 2008, during Joe Corré's time at the helm. The elaborate shoot, featuring projections, props, people, animals and artists Jake and Dinos Chapman, has been unravelled by film editor Younji Ku and transformed into imagery that reveals the 'previously unseen building blocks.' Knight says, 'out of all the imagery I created, somehow the vision of Jake Chapman ramming chocolate eclairs into his eye sockets will remain with me forever'.

    Keep following the Tumblr curation, and revisit White Wedding to see the final campaign and fashion films!

  8. by SHOWstudio .

    Liberty Ross talks to Nick Knight about modelling with Kate Moss

    Continuing our Subjective series, Nick Knight sat down with Liberty Ross to discuss shooting with Mario Testino alongside Kate Moss. The series sees Knight interview top models in an attempt to create a history of contemporary fashion photography from a new perspective.

    Recalling Testino's 2001 Burberry campaign, shot while still very early on in her career, Ross describes the busy atmosphere of the Burberry shoots and her feelings about working alongside Kate Moss. 'I was very fresh on the scene, and I'd been a huge admirer of Kate for years, it was really a dream to work with her,' she explains. On being shot by Testino, she explains, 'I was learning. I remember Mario said to me, 'when you walk into the room in the morning Liberty, make sure you say hello to the photographer.' Because I was still like, 'oh I don't know, where do I go!' and I would go to the hairdresser and get my hair done just so I could be doing something!'

    Watch the interview now, and stay glued to the series as it continues!

  9. by Calum Knight .

    The coolest new tees on the web

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    I've just found out about these amazing tees through TUMBLR. They are super rare and to get one you'll have to trawl through ebay and try win the bid. But i think they are totally worth it. 

    The designer, Sehtab Ahmad, also releases amazing visuals on YOUtube to acompany the tees. All round, it's an amazing, futuristic shopping experince, which I'm really loving. 


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    Exclusive collaboration with Cav Empt!

    SHOWstudio are collaborating with C.E! Japanese brand CavEmpt have designed a new limited run capsule collection that includes tees and jumpers! We'll be dropping an interview with Sk8thing, an exclusive video by C.E and the clothing collab very shortly! 

    Oneohtrix Point Never (OPN) have designed the graphic on the tees, which will be sold through SHOWstudio Shop from June 10! The garments are extremely limited run so don't miss out. GET READY!

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    Fashion Mix! Listen to Rodarte's top tracks

    SHOWstudio is excited to present a Rodarte Fashion Mix! Laura and Kate Mulleavy, the duo behind the romantic and eccentric label, have selected their top tracks to add to our rolling series. Self-confessed geeks, the pair's design process includes personal and cultural references, from film to their experience of growing up in Pasedena, California. Kate Mulleavy even sold her prized record collection to fund their first samples. 

    It's no surprise then that their playlist is eclectic and exceeds the usual track list of just ten songs! But then who would want to reign the sisters in!? Their 18-track playlist is pure gold! Plug in to the bumper mix, and expect vintage gems from the classic rock of Tom Petty and Joan Jett to the electronic sounds of Kraftwerk and New Order!

    Listen to the Rodarte mix now, and while you do, why not revisit their collections to explore another layer of their creative process! 

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    Virginia Bates and Hannah Teare talk wedding dresses

    On 16 May, SHOWstudio editor Lou Stoppard teamed up with antique fashion expert Virginia Bates and leading stylist and luxury brand consultant Hannah Teare to speak about current trends in wedding dress design. The talk was held at the V&A to coincide with their Wedding Dresses 1775-2014 exhibition.

    The panelists discussed the way in which designs have changed historically while simultaneously preserving elements of past British tradition. They cited a variety of gowns, from Queen Victoria’s flamboyant wedding look, to Kate Middleton’s ‘gala red carpet dress’ by Alexander McQueen and Bianca Jagger’s minimalist retro outfit.

    Additionally, they answered questions concerning originality. This involved speaking about why women like to deviate from mundane, conventional mainstream ‘looks’ in order to achieve an authentic appearance on their wedding day.

    On-demand footage is now available for those who couldn’t make it down to the V&A. 

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    An Ugly essay by Lucy Norris

    Our exploration of fashion's fascination with deliberately awkward, uncanny silhouettes, prints and shapes continues with an insightful essay by fashion historian and lecturer Lucy Norris. This new addition to our Ugly series explores the influence of surrealism on the industry’s leading creatives.

    Norris discusses the original doyenne of surrealist fashion, Elsa Schiaparelli - ‘It is to her that designers such as Lagerfeld, Kawakubo, Saint Laurent, Prada, Mugler, Lacroix and Gaultier owe their debt' - and unpicks the vision of woman suggested in the work of today's star creatives such as Rick Owens and Christopher Kane.

    Other significant questions explored are the cultural aspects of surrealism’s influence on fashion in our present epoch. Norris argues that creativity and innovation in fashion have the power to challenge the thought processes that tell us we should dress a certain way to attract members of the opposite sex.

    Read the essay now to find out more about the influence of surrealist art on high fashion or explore of Ugly series as a whole.

  14. by SHOWstudio .

    Privacy and Intimacy: Kate Moss Month final week!
    Nick Knight's Tumblr curation continues

    The final week of Nick Knight's Kate Moss Month Tumblr curation considers ideas of privacy and intimacy. Searching through his archive from his 20 year working relationship with the iconic model, Knight has revisited 10 by 8 transparencies he shot of Moss, noting 'Looking under these transparencies under a magnifying glass, which I would do to choose them, every pore, every eyelash or every freckle is so crystal clear and so sharp as to make the viewing of it feel almost obscene in its invasion of a person's physical privacy. You never see people like this in life, as your eye cannot focus so close.'

    Adding Kate's own words from hours of unedited SHOWstudio interviews to these extreme close-ups, Knight has altered the original material, implying and creating a sense of intimacy with his arrangement of word and image. 

    Keep following the curation as the story unfolds.

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    Shaun Leane opens to the public!
    Visit the exhibition at 19 Motcomb St

    The highly anticipated Shaun Leane SHOWcabinet opens to the public today at SHOWstudio Shop! The unique exhibition seeks to give an insight into Leane's creative process, by placing eight bespoke pieces alongside objects which give clues to the inspirations of the house of Shaun Leane. Included in the cabinet of curiosities are a single diamond tusk earring as an ode to Leane's very first creation debuted in Alexander McQueen's collection in 1994, 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 some stunning emerald earrings accompanied by a raw, natural emerald named the 'Medusa.' The show also includes a live snake and an antique kimono from the archive of Daphne Guinness!

    Drop by 19 Motcomb St to immerse yourself in the psyche of one of the world's most innovative fine artisan jewellers, and visit SHOWstudio Shop now to browse the bespoke pieces!

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