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    Catch-up on our interview with David Downton

    Whether you missed our inspiring chat with esteemed fashion illustrator David Downton, or just want to re-watch, you can now view the interview in full on-demand as part of our continuing In Fashion series..

    Speaking candidly about his path into fashion, Downton covers everything from his early love of drawing - 'I thought I was a genius, because I lived in rural Kent and didn't know any better,' - to his thoughts on his favourite subjects Erin O'Connor and Dita Von Teese.

    Catch up on our talk with the artist now, it's a must-see for all aspiring illustrators! 

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    Stay tuned for on-demand footage of David Downton's In Fashion interview

    David Downton visited the studio this afternoon for a very special chat with Lou Stoppard about his life in fashion.

    Beginning with first realising his talent or ‘knack’ for capturing likenesses as a child in rural Kent - ‘I thought I was a genius’ - Downton talks through the frustrations of art college and his early commercial work as a graphic artist. Launched into the fashion industry relatively late in his career as an illustrator, he recalls the story of his very first visit to Paris in 1996 to cover the haute couture shows, walking straight into a Valentino fitting with supermodel Amber Valetta: ‘I went into Narnia’. Offering opinions on the ‘sympathy’ between photography and illustration, the digital revolution gripping the industry, and full of stories of his spirited subjects, Downton explains the enduring magic of his medium: ‘Paul Klee said drawing is taking a line for a walk; fashion drawing is taking it dancing.’ 

    On-demand footage of the entire interview will be available to watch from tomorrow, Wednesday 7 January 2015. In the meanwhile revisit the rest of our In Fashion series, featuring fashion luminaries from Daphne Guinness to Lady Amanda Harlech. As an extra treat, all the interviews are available to download as podcasts from iTunes.

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    Tune in tomorrow for David Downton's In Fashion interview at 14:30 GMT

    Tomorrow at 14:30 GMT fashion illustrator David Downton will be in the studio. The acclaimed illustrator will be the latest fashion great to feature in our rolling In Fashion interview series. Tune in to watch him speak to our editor Lou Stoppard live about his fashionable life, from years of attending Paris’ haute couture shows to drawing the world’s most beautiful women.

    While you wait, watch his long-time collaborator British supermodel Erin O’Connor speak to Nick Knight about Downton’s working practice and extraordinary ability to ‘capture the essence of a person in three lines’.

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    It's day five of Michel Gaubert’s Tumblr takeover

    It’s day five of Michel Gaubert’s Tumblr takeover and it just gets better and better.

    Famed for creating sounds to serenade Chanel, Celine and J.W. Anderson's shows (and latterly, his unmissable Instagram), Gaubert has been sharing some visual treats over the past five days. From wise words, digital nostalgia and glam pin-ups to tales of his earliest collaborations with Karl Lagerfeld at Chloe - ‘how candid and spontaneous fashion could be’ - Gaubert rings in the New Year in his light-hearted but ever precise style.

    Head over to the SHOWstudio Tumblr now to feast on Gaubert’s latest posts and while you’re at it, be sure to revisit past Tumblr takeovers by esteemed guest curators Alexander Fury, Alistair O’Neill and Liberty Ross.

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    DJ Michel Gaubert's Tumblr Takeover
    Happy New Year!

    Ring in the New Year with a Tumblr guest curation by acclaimed sound artist Michel Gaubert. He's the man behind the music at Celine, Chanel, J.W. Anderson and more!

    In our tradition of handing over the reins of our Tumblr to one of our favourite creatives for the first week of every new month, we called up Gaubert and asked him to kick off 2015 in the most stylish way possible. Gaubert's Instagram is celebrated as one of the best out there - if you're not following him, you must - so we're sure to be in for some visual treats.

    Check out his posts so far (or revisit past takeovers by Simon Foxton, Mary Katrantzou, Anna Trevelyan and Ellie Grace Cumming). Happy 2015!

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    Merry Christmas from SHOWstudio

    Along with our fondest Christmas wishes to our viewers, SHOWstudio is delighted to announce a very exciting upcoming project for 2015 - Unseen McQueen

    In conjunction with the opening of Savage Beauty at the V&A on 14 March 2015, SHOWstudio will celebrate the life of the late Lee McQueen and his fruitful relationship with Nick Knight. Knight has filmed all of his photo-shoots since the late eighties and, for the first time, will reveal hidden gems from his archive to the public. One piece of unseen McQueen footage will be revealed each day from 13 - 20 March.

    Knight's relationship with McQueen, who passed away in February 2010, began formally in 1996, when the two collaborated on a series of images for the Florence Biennale, though the pair had met previously at events and McQueen had begun to send Knight an annual Christmas fax.

    Footage to be released as part of Unseen McQueen includes a candid interview with McQueen, filmed at the early stages of his career in 1997, footage of Knight shooting McQueen for the April 1998 cover of The Face - a now iconic image - and a video of Knight, Katy England, Michael Clark and McQueen collaborating on the unforgettable Blade of Light image featuring clothing from the They Shoot Horses, Don't They? collection from Spring/Summer 2004.

    While you wait for our week-long tribute to McQueen to begin, revisit some of our greatest archive McQueen projects including Plato's Atlantis, McQueen's final collection before his death live-streamed by SHOWstudio, Transformer, in which Lee himself turns a bridegroom to a bride in seconds, and of course our first ever In Fashion interview with the late designer. 

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    Send us your fashion films!

    We've just made it easier to submit fashion films to SHOWstudio. Since its inception, SHOWstudio has worked with the world's most sought-after filmmakers and acclaimed figures of contemporary fashion as well as supporting and nurturing emerging talent. We're continually seeks to offer a platform for new filmmakers to showcase their work.

    Submissions of fashion films for inclusion on SHOWstudio are encouraged and will be considered on an individual basis. Please contact us on or via this form with a detailed written outline of your submission, as well as a link to the film you are submitting and images where relevant.

    Need some inspiration? Browse through every fashion film on SHOWstudio for gems from pioneers of the medium including Nick Knight, Marie Schuller, Kathryn Ferguson and Ruth Hogben!

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    A Man Called Bones

    The latest film from director Nathaniel Brown pays homage to the jaw dropping abilities of flex dancer Bones The Machine. Taking Old West Americana films as a visual reference point, A Man Called Bones is a fusion of fashion, music and dance. As Brown explains; ‘ to tell the story of Bones, I wanted to do something about being a rebel, a cowboy and going against the grain. To carve your own path regardless of how or what or why, and to make weird waves! I think it's about a fusion - a musical fashion piece.’ 

    Taking inspiration from the Western influence of the film, stylist Prince Franco created a jacket in collaboration with Bones and Brown especially for the film. The one-off jacket is available for purchase only at SHOWstudio Shop. Watch the film and browse the jacket now.

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    Films from 2000 and 2001 now available on YouTube
    Explore our archive of earliest Fashion Film

    We're setting out to make all archive content created during the first ten years of SHOWstudio available on our YouTube channel over the course of the next year. So far we've uploaded our complete In Fashion interview series and as of today, all of our films from 2000 and 2001 will be available to browse at your leisure.

    Revisit our very first projects including Nick Knight's first foray into 3D scanning technology Sweet (2000) and the first ever global, live fashion shoot Sleep (2001) and don't forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel for updates as we make a whole load more fashion films and collaborations available to view. Next up: 2002!

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    Upcoming In Fashion interview with illustrator David Downton

    We’re very excited to announce that acclaimed fashion illustrator David Downton will be joining our editor Lou Stoppard for a live-streamed In Fashion interview on 6 January 2015 at 14.30 GMT. 

    A key figure in the revival of fashion illustration, Downton was first commissioned to draw the Paris haute couture shows in 1996 by a Sunday newspaper supplement. Capturing some of the world’s most beautiful women - including Cate Blanchett, Dita Von Teese, Catherine Deneuve and Paloma Picasso - in the most striking fashion, his work has been featured in highly revered publications from V to Vogue and Vanity Fair, and in projects for the V&A, Chanel and Tiffanys. Downton is also Claridge’s fashion artist in residence, a position which has seen him commissioned to draw the hotel’s most illustrious guests, always with spectacular results. Downton's acclaimed publication Masters of Fashion Illustration will be followed by his long-awaited monograph in 2015.

    Tune in on 6 January 2015 to watch Downton talk about his career and tell tales of his work in the world of couture. While you wait, revisit the rest of the In Fashion series and Nick Knight’s Subjective interview with Downton’s muse, British supermodel Erin O’Connor to hear her talk about their long-time collaboration.

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    Subjective: Erin O'Connor on Steven Meisel

    Erin O’Connor continues our rolling model interview series, Subjective. She opens up about the experience of creating some of fashion’s most famous imagery, in this case, with photographer Steven Meisel. 

    Setting the scene for Theatre of Fashion, one of Meisel’s many editorials for Vogue Italia, O’Connor recalls that, ‘there were no words, there was no guidance, there was no script. We were just given very very evocative music and it became so hypnotic over a 3-day period that we never stopped moving. It was incredibly emotional.’ Talking to Nick Knight about modelling as a performance - ‘I come alive as a model when I am able to take on some responsibility’ - the supermodel describes the process of metamorphosing into that day’s character. In this case she was helped by famed make-up artist Pat McGrath: ‘You never really know who you’re going to be on the day. And I respond well to that. … I’ve been a man. I’ve been a woman. I’ve been a creature. I’ve been living. I’ve sort of been reincarnated.’ O’Connor emphasises how privileged she felt to be a part of such a shoot, declaring, 'those days are so important just for self development and confidence and liberation and [Meisel] gave me that.’

    Watch the impassioned interview now and review the whole series to hear more about the conversations between photographers and their subjects and the making of a truly great image. In Erin O’Connor’s words: ‘there’s no greater feeling.’

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    Menswear Illustration by Richard Kilroy

    We were thrilled to find so many of SHOWstudio’s resident artists in the pages of Richard Kilroy’s new book, a survey of contemporary menswear illustration to be published by Thames & Hudson on 23 February 2015.

    Celebrating the rise of men’s fashion and the increased visual attention it has been afforded of late, Kilroy champions the new wave of contemporary designers and illustrators reassessing the hitherto pretty traditional rules of men’s dress. Bringing together forty of the industry’s talents, the book showcases private sketches by designers, delicate pencil renderings, sketchbook tears and digitally manipulated images by illustrators including SHOWstudio contributor and Central Saint Martins lecturer Helen Bullock.

    Pop along to the preview exhibition, running from 9-12 January 2015 at The Hospital Club during London Collections: Men, and while you wait peruse original artworks by Helen Bullock amongst others over at the SHOWstudio Shop.

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