Today, 4 January 2016 is the last day to apply for SHOWstudio's Fashion Film Award in collaboration with QIC Global Real Estate! Submissions close at 23:59 Monday 4 January 2016 Pacific Time (PT) / 07:59 5th Jan GMT. Send in your fashion films for your chance to win a £10,000 budget to create a film for SHOWstudio with mentoring by Nick Knight, RED Digital Cinema’s latest professional camera, RED RAVEN™, a Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art lens and a trip to Australia to attend an exclusive screening of the winner’s film!
As customary, the first week of the month sees the reigns of our Tumblr page being handed over to creatives and influential figures in the fashion industry.
For January, SHOWstudio's editor, Lou Stoppard, is sharing the references and research for her upcoming exhibition, 'Mad About the Boy,' opening at the Fashion Space Gallery on January 8, 2016. So far, Stoppard has posted imagery focusing on the boy as an outsider, the boy in his space and the boy in the club.
Adam Murray's Tumblr Take-over starts today! To coincide with the launch of his exhibition North: Identity, Photography, Fashion with SHOWstudio Editor-at-Large Lou Stoppard, the academic is posting imagery on our Tumblr over a week-long period.
The exhibition is on display at Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool from 6 January to 19 March 2017. The show explores the way the North of England is depicted, constructed and celebrated in select photographs, artworks and fashion collections. The exhibition brings together collective visions of the North, unpicking the tropes and themes that appear regularly in design and media and takes into account the rich cultural history of the region.
Murray's Tumblr takeover will feature a range of research material discovered throughout the two years working on the show, as well as insights into the curatorial and installation process.
Our SHOWstudio/MACHINE-A online store has had a fresh drop of product!
Get ready for the warmer months with new pre-collection pieces by Alyx and new season Y-3. Introducing staple shapes with dark undertones, for pre S/S 16, Alyx is offering the perfect hoodie, long black dresses gothic dresses and slouchy jeans, while Y-3 marries the signature adidas stripes with Japanese ease of Yohji Yamamoto.
Shop the pieces now and check out what else is in store. Our sale is now on with up to 70% off, or take a look at our exclusive S/S 16 Cottweiler looks. If you prefer art, don't miss our fashion illustrations by the likes of Unskilled Worker, Jennifer Corker, Jowy Maasdame and more.
Our editor, Lou Stoppard, will be sharing all the references and research behind her upcoming exhibition, Mad About The Boy. The show will open on 8 January and run until 2 April 2016 at the Fashion Space Gallery, London.
For the first week of January 2016, Stoppard will be posting the photographs, artworks, catwalk looks and text that helped inform the ideas and ethos of the display. The exhibition explores fashion’s obsession with youth, focusing on the way ideas of the teenage boy are constructed through specific collections and fashion images. Works by J.W. Anderson, Meadham Kirchhoff, Nick Knight, Raf Simons, Kim Jones, Larry Clark, Nasir Mazhar, Tyrone Lebon, Christopher Shannon, Martine Rose, Gosha Rubchinskiy, Alasdair McLellan, Jason Evans, Jun Takahashi, Brett Lloyd, Mark Leckey and Sibling will all be on display in the gallery. The show also features a set by Tony Hornecker.
Get ready for the exhibition and check out what happened when we handed the reigns of our Tumblr over to curator Alistair O'Neill when he was working on the Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore! exhibition, which ran at Somerset House from 20 November 2013 to 2 March 2014. While you're at it, why not also revisit our Fashion Galore! series in full, or our Unseen McQueen project, which ran alongside Savage Beauty at the V&A in 2015. Or, if it's depictions of teenagers within a fashion context that interests you, then why not revisit Stoppard and Knight's Girly series, which explored another facet of the industry's obsession with youth, the trend for sarrachine, almost cartoon, childlike femininity.
The latest interview in our rolling 'In Fashion' series is now available to watch on demand.
Lou Stoppard chatted to Matthew Dainty and Ben Cottrell, the duo behind London menswear brand Cottweiler, about how they became interested in fashion and their career so far. The designers opened up about meeting on a bus on a college trip to Paris, the point when they began working together, about their childhood and how that influences their design aesthetic, frustrations over categorisation in fashion, their attitude to branding as well as the importance of authenticity and longevity in their garments.
'We find it more satisfying for something to be recognisable for cut and fabrication rather than branding,’ they maintain.
Watch the footage on demand now or shop Cottweiler's S/S 16 pieces available exclusively online on SHOWstudio/MACHINE-A. Want to know more about other influential fashion figures? Check out the rest of our 'In Fashion' interviews with the likes of Stephen Jones, Gosha Rubchinskiy or Dylan Jones.
This Christmas, we are excited to be joining forces with the acclaimed embroiderer James Merry and Icelandic environmental NGOs Landvernd, Protect The Park and Iceland Nature Conservation Association in our annual exclusive Christmas project.
Seeking to harness the power of special, one-off items of clothing to do good, a range of SHOWstudio’s high profile contributors have donated garments from their own wardrobes and archives to be customised by Merry. Men’s artistic director of Louis Vuitton Kim Jones, supermodel Kate Moss, London designer Astrid Andersen, musician Björk, SHOWstudio director Nick Knight and producer Edison Chen have all joined our cause, and you can own one of these exclusive pieces yourself.
Merry's creations will be auctioned off via a silent email bidding, with all profits from sales going to the Icelandic NGOs in order to help protect the country's precious wildlife and environment by turning the highland areas into a national park. The endangered flora from this area will inspire Merry's embroideries.
The first bidding will commence on Christmas Day, 25 December 2015. Find out more in 'Merry's Christmas' and take a look at the pieces up for sale.
Our director, Nick Knight is now answering your questions LIVE on Reddit!
Knight will chat about his career, photorgaphy, moving image and our new exciting SHOWstudio Fashion Film Award.
Don't miss your chance to talk directly to Knight! Head over to Reddit's AMA site right now to find out what you've always wanted to know about the industry from its leading creator.
Feeling inspired? Check out our SHOWstudio Fashion Film Award for more information on how to apply and win incredible prizes.
Lou Stoppard talks to the designers about their work, how they came to be interested and work in fashion, their collaborations with artists such as FKA Twigs and Skepta, as well as with each other, their inspirations and aspirations.
Tune in now to watch the interview and shop the brand's S/S 16 collection from our SHOWstudio/MACHINE-A. Love our 'In Fashion' series? Revisit our interviews with prominent fashion figures such as Colin McDowell, Lucinda Chambers or Sir Paul Smith.
On Friday, December 18 at 17:00 BST, our director, Nick Knight, will be doing a live AMA on Reddit.
Knight is going to answer questions about his photography and fashion film as well as about our exciting SHOWstudio Fashion Film Award. The award, established in collaboration with QIC Global Real Estate, is looking for most innovative fashion filmmakers to submit a short film to be in for a chance to win amazing prizes including mentoring from Knight himself while creating a fashion film for SHOWstudio.
Have your questions ready and tune in this Friday, December 18 at 17:00 BST for a chance to chat to the fashion creator! Budding filmmaker? Take a look at how to submit your films to our first ever award.
Our 'North' project was inspired by the stereotypical imagery of the North of England in fashion, while questioning whether places of origin have an impact on identity and creative output.
In the latest instalment, the London designer, Claire Barrow, talks about her upbringing in Yarm, her rebellious teenage years, what importance fashion played in her early life, and describes her favourite places, such as the fair and a nightclub called Tall Trees.
Barrow reflects, 'I take every opportunity as a really big deal and I always try to put my heart into it. I think that’s definitely because of my upbringing.'
For A/W 15, Green's pure aesthetic has been padded out with quilting, which features heavily on jackets, vests and trousers in navy and yellow, complete with signature loose ties and fastenings reminiscent of kimonos. His interest in elevated workwear also remained prominent this season.
Shop the new products on our SHOWstudio/MACHINE-A store, revisit Green's debut campaign photoraphed and filmed by Nick Knight and shown exclusively on SHOWstudio, or find out more about the designer in his 'In Fashion' interview.
The Dø is a French/Finnish indie pop band founded in Paris in 2005. Besides being good musicians, they are true and complete artists, whose concerts are always a great performance.
Bastien Burger, Marielle Chatain & Pierre Belleville are the other musicians.
This is an image I took of Olivia Merilahti, one half of the musical duo, during the recording of their album 'Shake Shook Shaken.' We have collaborated many times in the past and it has always been a great pleasure.
They are playing in London tomorrow, Wednesday, December 16.
Pink Olivia, photography ©Marianne Maric
'North' is a series looking at how the North of England is portrayed in fashion and how it influences the upringings and aesthetics of fashion creators.
As a part of the series, fashion communication students from Liverpool John Moores University have been given briefs by Lou Stoppard, Ben Whyman, Jamie Hawkesworth and Nina Manandhar to address and document elements specific to the North of England through visuals and written work.
Examples of the submissions so far, by Hollie Corcoran Bradbury, Jess Morris, Lucy Fletcher, Lyn Dizon, Megan Storey, Ryan Rogers Hinks, Erin Tisdale, Isobel Pownall, Martha Weaver and Michaela Moss, can be seen here.
Stay tuned for more student work and a new interview with Claire Barrow coming soon! While you wait, take a look at the briefs and check out the series so far, featuring interviews with Simon Foxton and essays by Adam Murray and Adrian Green.
Entitled 'X,' the film sees model Guinevere Van Seenus floating around as in a fantasy world whilst clad in Erdem dresses. Beginning with a S/S 06 design, the fashion film takes us through the first decade of Erdem's creations, accompanied by soft, classical music, evocative of the designer's aesthetics.
Watch the film for yourself and immerse yourself in Erdem's wonderful world.
As a part of our ongoing 'In Fashion' project, a series of interviews with influential creatives, Ben Cottrell and Matthew Dainty, the design duo behind Cottweiler, will be coming to SHOWstudio for a live interview on Friday, December 18 at 11:00 BST.
Cottweiler's concept-led designs, which respond instinctively to their social environment, have become firm favourites during the menswear collections. Cottrell and Dainty also produce films and installations which have been showcased around the world, and collaborate with the likes of FKA Twigs, Skepta, Holly Herndon and Palmistry.
The duo will be interviewed live by SHOWstudio's editor, Lou Stoppard and will chat about their journey to fashion, their childhood, aspirations, inspirations and collaboration.
Tune in on Friday, December 18 at 11:00 BST to watch the interview live! While you wait, Visit our SHOWstudio/MACHINE-A e-store for exclusive pieces from COTTWEILER's S/S 16 collection, or revisit other 'In Fashion' interviews with Gosha Rubchinskiy, Public School or Ellen von Unwerth.