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    SHOWstudio x Miami Beach EDITION: In Your Face interviews

    SHOWstudio is proud to announce a new series of In Your Face interviews hosted on location at the Miami EDITION Hotel to coincide with Art Basel Miami Beach!

    Twisting the notion of the coaxing, cajoling and coercive interview that has become the mainstay of art and fashion journalism, the series seeks to gracefully provoke and capture leading figures in contemporary culture. SHOWstudio's own Carrie Scott will be speaking to some of the most exciting people in fine art including Marc Quinn and Marina Abramovic, with each interview acting as a living portrait carefully framed by Nick Knight. Knight explains, 'The camera is focused in so close that the face fills the screen, revealing every passing thought, every change of emotion and every blink of the eye. It will be a beautiful, but intense living portrait of people who hold strong opinions and challenging thoughts.'

    The first interview premiers on SHOWstudio 4 December 2014. In the meantime, revisit past In Your Face interviews and our sister series' In Conversation and In Fashion.

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    Live today! Nick Knight's Pin-ups shoot

    Tune in to SHOWstudio today to watch Nick Knight shoot live! It's part three of his Pin-ups shoot for 10 magazine. The editorial features the Victoria's Secret 'Angels' and explores and subverts traditional erotic tropes. Watch behind-the-scenes as Knight photographs the final two of twelve angelic models - Joan Smalls and Candice Swanepoel - with the help of 3D scanning technology, sensational sets and some striking lingerie.

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    It’s Day 1 of Lucy Moore’s Tumblr take-over!

    Head over to the SHOWstudio Tumblr for guest curator Lucy Moore’s first day at the helm!

    In keeping with SHOWstudio's 'guest curator' tradition, the director of specialist fashion and photography bookshop Claire de Rouen will be sharing images from both de Rouen’s and her own personal collection over the next seven days on our Tumblr. Each day will have a theme, beginning today with ‘Arcade’, an exploration of the language of commercial photography. From commissioned editorials to images that reappropriate, and on occasion subvert, the language of the advert, Moore's posts will be both thought-provoking and visually striking. Follow her progress throughout today and all this week (1-7 December).

    Between posts, be sure to explore past curations of the SHOWstudio Tumblr by web-artist Claudia Maté, stylist Anna Trevelyan and our very own Nick Knight.

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    Lucy Moore's Tumblr Takeover begins next week!

    Continuing SHOWstudio's tradition of inviting a different guest each month to take the reigns of our Tumblr, 1-7 December will see Lucy Moore, director of specialist fashion and photography bookshop Claire de Rouen, share some of the things she finds on her bookish travels. 

    Trained as an artist at Chelsea College of Art and Design and the Royal College of Art, Moore went on to run Claire de Rouen Books with her friend, model Lily Cole, after de Rouen’s death in 2012. A long-established hub for students, photographers and designers including Giles Deacon and Jonathan Saunders, the Soho store continues to support both established and upcoming photographers in fashion, documentary and fine art, with everyone from de Rouen’s friends David Bailey and Bruce Weber to Tyrone Lebon on the shelves. In addition to staging small projects, installations and events in store, Moore writes widely and recently published Lily Cole’s first book Gabriel Orozco: Impossible Utopias.

    Head over to the SHOWstudio Tumblr from the Monday, 1 December to view Moore’s first posts and in the meanwhile, revisit past takeovers by Alistair O’Neill, Alexander Fury, Simon Foxton, Liberty Ross and many others.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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...

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    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!


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    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.

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    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.


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    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.

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    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.

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    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!

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    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!

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