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    Unseen McQueen continues...

    It’s the second day of the return of our Unseen McQueen project, celebrating Lee McQueen's legacy and the designer’s long-running creative collaboration with Nick Knight. The pair began their collaborative relationship in 1996 and worked together continuously until McQueen’s death in February 2010, pushing creative boundaries right until the end. 

    In 2003, the CFDA commissioned Nick Knight to celebrate the growth and success of the Alexander McQueen label and McQueen’s CBE. A film of the designer illustrating a selection of his designs appeared on SHOWstudio at the time, titled Bellwether. The new edit features never-before-seen footage of McQueen sketching looks from his A/W 03 Scanners and S/S 03 Irere shows.

    In conversation with SHOWstudio editor Lou Stoppard, Knight discusses filming McQueen sketching for the CFDA film. Knight talks candidly about the transformation of McQueen, his adoption of a public persona with his growing success and explains the concept behind the film; ‘the gentle and poetic idea of the drawing becoming real life,' inspired by the work of Walt Disney.

    Watch the Bellwether film and the exclusive interview on-demand now. Don’t forget to look back on the rest of the series, especially yesterday’s Florence Biennale process film and interview. Stay tuned for more Unseen McQueen from Knight’s extensive archive.

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    Unseen McQueen is back!

    Unseen McQueen returns! The exclusive project, launched earlier this year, paid tribute to Nick Knight's dynamic collaborations with the late Lee McQueen. Every day from the 13 to 19 March, we released a piece of newly edited McQueen footage from Knight's extensive archive, along with interviews with McQueen’s closest collaborators.

    For the next three days we will be launching a piece of never-before-seen archive footage, accompanied by exclusive interviews with the photographer.

    Today, take a look behind-the-scenes of Knight and McQueen’s first collaborative venture, a series of images for the 1996 Florence Biennale. The photographs, which feature McQueen himself alongside model Carmen Hawk, were the designer’s first step into image making and art direction and reference prostitutes’ calling cards.

    To accompany the previously unseen footage, SHOWstudio editor Lou Stoppard interviewed Knight about the project. Knight speaks about image-making and the new possibilities of digital, ‘taking two very different images and bringing them together, artistically it brings you into a lot of different territory that previously you couldn’t have imagined,’ he recalls. 

    Watch the Florence Biennale process film and the insightful interview, look back at the rest of the project and stay tuned for more Unseen McQueen.

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    Subjective: Karen Elson on Nick Knight

    Watch the latest instalment in our Subjective model interview series!

    This week, Nick Knight discusses his Christian Dior A/W 01 campaign with model Karen Elson. Analysing the shoot from Elson's perspective, they talk about the level of physicality required for each dynamic shot. In order to make the image look authentic, Elson was harnessed and hoisted throughout the process. It was this energetic and effective use of motion that created a ground-breaking campaign. ‘Going where we are right now, we think of Cara. We think of how fashion has transcended and changed into being a lot younger and more urban- from being haute couture to relating to a different generation and I think that this was the beginning of all that,’ Elson explains. 

    Watch this candid conversation now and be sure to check out the Subjective archive

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    Live Shoot with Nick Knight and Katy England

    To celebrate and unpick Riccardo Tisci's long-running fascination with religious iconography, Nick Knight and stylist Katy England collaborate on a live-streamed shoot for AnOther Man magazine, using pieces from Tisci's S/S 16 and A/W 15 Givenchy menswear collections.

    The themes of gang culture, incarceration and prison wall pin-ups, which Tisci toys with in the collections inform the shoot's concept. England adds her spin, creating personal male pin-ups - fantasies that merge traditional masculinity with the unexpected and avant-garde, just like Tisci's shows. Six models - each spread on a prison bed - will act out her visions, transforming into sensual prison characters, from the pious worshipper to the work-out-obsessed body boy.

    Tune in and watch the shoot unfold live on SHOWstudio today, Wednesday 22 July from 10:00 BST! 

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    Magazine fan? Explore gems from history...

    Our zine-focused project, Print, has arrived. Is print dead? SHOWstudio editor Lou Stoppard doesn’t think so. Intrigued by the life span of modern magazines, she set out to gather some of the best cult zines – and their founders - from the past including Cheap Date, Nova, Twen, West One and Lipstick

    Watch magazine fanatic Paul Gorman talk Lou through his extensive collection and take a look through his archive for yourself. Curator and archivist of the world’s biggest magazine collection, Tory Turk, reflects on the history and importance of print while Cheap Date’s Bay Garnett looks back at the success of her zine. ‘It wasn’t about trying to sell people’s stuff and it wasn’t about self-promotion. It was pure and it was celebratory,’ says Garnett.

    Don’t miss out on the chance to see inside the thrift-centric Cheap Date and more for the very first time. Stay tuned for new essays and interviews with the likes of Lipstick’s Perry Ogden

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    Subjective: Karen Elson on Craig McDean

    Subjective continues! This week, in our model interview series, Karen Elson reminisces with Nick Knight about working with Craig McDean. Talking specifically on the intimate 2002 film Devil’s Playthingworking alongside former Smashing Pumpkins and Hole bassist, Melissa Auf der Maur, and performing SHOWstudio's 'singing cover’.

    Elson and Knight candidly discuss the film shot in Auf der Maur’s apartment in the Chelsea Hotel, New York, in which Elson later lived for a short period of time, and its role in beginning the model's music career. The interview convenes on the importance of music, ‘I feel that music just has that power where you could create your own meaning towards that song and its so individual what a persons perception is to music, the way it is of any art form… it's very mysterious, it just has that power to take you away’, Elson laments.

    Take a look back at our Devil’s Plaything project and watch the exclusive interview now

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    Daisy Lowe: A Virtual Icon

    Daisy Lowe stars in '3D Dreamgirl', a new fashion film placing the model in the world of a virtual icon.

    Under Adam Goodison’s direction and 3D artist Claudia Maté’s manipulation of her form, the traditionally beautiful Lowe is transformed and transported into realms of sensuality existing online, from virtual girlfriends to gaming avatars. The styling of Louby Mcloughlin acknowledges Daisy’s pin-up form, putting her in pieces by the likes of Thomas Tait, Moschino and Versus

    '3D Dreamgirl' embraces and explores the visual language of the internet, check it out here!

    While you're at it, don't miss Nick Knight’s own take on digital in the dynamic film #asif.   

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    Print and the Print is Dead Library

    Today, The London EDITION’s Punch Room opens the 'Print is Dead' Library, coinciding with our upcoming project, Print.  

    EDITION Hotel’s secluded drinking den, the Punch Room, has been transformed into a reference library presenting back issues of magazines, many of which are unavailable elsewhere. The library will be open until 31 August Monday to Saturday and available titles include Twin, Little White Lies and The Travel Almanac, to name but a few.

    Be sure to swing by and whet your appetite for SHOWstudio’s in-depth online examination of cult zines and the sanctity of print. Print, which launches next week, will include an interview with Paul Gorman about his extensive personal archive, an essay by curator Tory Turk and an interview with Cheap Date founder Bay Garnett - watch this space! 

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    In Conversation: Building Brands 3.0

    The latest addition to our In Conversation interview project features a diverse group of panelists converging in Helsinki for the 2015 Aalto Arts Fashion Seminar. Lou Stoppard was joined by Milan-based designer Damir Doma, design consultant Susanne Deeken, Maria Luisa's buying director Robin Schulie, writer and creative consultant Mimma Viglezio and editor of A Magazine, Dan Thawley to unpick the theme ‘Building Brands 3.0’.  

    The group discussed at length the chances and opportunities available for interns in the fashion industry, the importance of a balance between humility and tenacity and the necessity for thorough knowledge of art and music. Financial backing was also debated in depth, acknowledging the limitations and restrictions for young people intending on beginning their own brands.  

    Watch complete footage of the seminar now and don’t forget to explore our other In Conversation projects for more exclusive insights.  

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    Don't Miss Our Menswear Round-ups

    Next week we will be hosting live round-ups of the S/S 16 menswear collections.

    On Monday, 13 July 2015 at 11:00 BST, SHOWstudio's editor Lou Stoppard will be talking to MACHINE-A founder Stavros Karelis, Topman's design and development director Gordon Richardson, writer Princess Julia and Ponystep's Richard Mortimer to discuss the London Spring/Summer 2016 menswear collections live.

    Milan Spring/Summer 2016 menswear collections is up for discussion later that day, where Stoppard will be joined by Fenwick’s fashion director Adam Kelly, designer James Long and consultant Mimma Viglezio on at 17:00 BST.

    Stoppard will then be joined by Harvey Nichols’ head of menswear Darren Skey, The Telegraph’s men's style editor and assistant luxury editor Stephen Doig, fashion journalist David Hellqvist and MATCHESFASHION’s men’s style editor Chris Hobbs on Tuesday, 14 July 2015 at 11:00 BST to discuss the Paris Spring/Summer 2016 menswear collections.

    Don’t forget to revisit the catwalk looks, show reports and social media curations. 

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    Three fashion films by Charles Jeffrey

    SHOWstudio is delighted to present three fashion films which give an insight into the universe and menswear of Charles Jeffrey. The films document Jeffrey's Spring/Summer 2016 collection, which was showcased last month at Fashion East’s LC:M presentation.

    Inspired by Andy Warhol’s screen tests, Lixx Diaz’s LOVERBOY PEOPLE focuses on the Loverboy merrymakers, who take turns in front of the camera, reciting lines from teenage cult films. Devoid of colour and mood, the film portrays real people engaged in scripted conversations, allowing their voices and facial expressions to take centre stage.

    A process film by Gareth Wrighton and Campbell Addy, with music by Sega Bodega, documents Jeffrey's working process in the lead up to his S/S 16 London Fashion Week debut with Fashion East. Centering on the heavily tactile, impasto application of paint, which is integral to the making and decoration of his pieces. 

    Finally, a film by Rauwanne Northcott, If you’re a (LOVER) boy or a girl features scenes of Jeffrey’s club kids taking over the S/S 16 Fashion East presentation with a go-pro and Vogue. 

    Watch the films exclusively on SHOWstudio and look back at Charles Jeffrey’s LC:M debut with Fashion East now!

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    Coming up: Unseen McQueen continues

    Earlier this year, we launched our Unseen McQueen project, a tribute to Nick Knight's dynamic collaborations with the late Lee McQueen. Every day from the 13 to 19 March, we launched a piece of newly edited footage from Knight's archive of McQueen projects, along with interviews with the photographer and other individuals who knew and worked with the designer. 

    From the 27 March 2015, we're adding three new interviews and three new archive films to the series. While you wait, watch the newest additions and explore the project in full. Stay tuned for more details. 




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    Subjective: Kate Moss on Craig McDean

    Watch the latest instalment of our Subjective model interview series, in which Nick Knight and Kate Moss reflect on working with Craig McDean.

    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.

    Watch the exclusive interview now, and peruse the ever-growing Subjective archive, for interviews with the likes of Naomi Campbell, Lily Cole and Liberty Ross

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    Don't miss our A/W 15 Couture panels

    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'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. 

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    Our next Tumblr curator is Alexander Fury!

    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.

    Meanwhile, revisit other absorbing curations by the likes of artist Peter de Potter, designer Mary Katrantzou and our own Nick Knight.

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    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.

    Watch the film (created using archive footage edited by Knight's then-assistant Ruth Hogben) and peruse the image gallery to see the finished 'Pinpressions'!


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