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  1. by SHOWstudio .

    EXCLUSIVE: adidas x Marina Abramovic

    SHOWstudio is proud to present the world exclusive of a new film by Marina Abramovic and adidas. The short is the first ever re-staging of Abramovic’s iconic 1970s performance Work Relation. The performance is re-imagined through the lens of the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ and explores the parallels between sport and performance. We interviewed Abramovic prior to the launch and found out some more about the affinities she finds between the two disciplines.

    Niamh White: There are many parallels between your performance art and sport- commitment, perseverance, endurance, selfless-ness, collaboration, discipline, pain. What are the most important similarities for you? Can one learn from the other?

    Marina Abramovic: One similarity between performance and sport that I wanted to highlight in this video is the importance of group collaboration. When Ulay and I originally performed the piece Work Relation in 1978, the power of collective strength came through in the performance. I believe that it is important to learn from other disciplines in order to bring new life to whatever it is that you do. This is something at the heart of my institute, MAI, and something that I felt was important to convey in this video, which was itself a collaborative project.

    Niamh White: You often ask your performers and participants to wear lab coats, as though they are a kit or uniform. Why have you chosen to do this?

    Marina Abramovic: I ask the performers to wear lab coats to create a sense of collective experimentation. A willingness to experiment and risk failure is what allows for growth, both on an individual level and on the level of the collective. The lab coats also mute external distractions such as bright clothing, which can deepen the internal focus of the performers. When participants perform the Abramovic Method at MAI, they will be asked to wear lab coats for these reasons, as well as to create a temporary community with those who are experiencing the work together.

    Watch the video in its entirety exclusively on SHOWstudio now!

  2. by SHOWstudio .

    Schiaparelli and Dior live panels today!

    Couture fashion week is here! We’ve got a great set of panels to celebrate, starting with our live Schiaparelli discussion today at 11:00 BST, followed by our Christian Dior panel at 17:00 BST. Our own Lou Stoppard chairs both panels, featuring special guests Amber Butchart, Judith Watt, James Sherwood, Verity Parker, Kerry Taylor, and Lucy Norris

    As always, stay glued to our Collections page for more up to the minute coverage, including behind-the-scenes action, runway images and reports by Stephanie LaCava. Finally, head over to our Tumblr page to see a special couture curation by none other than SHOWstudio regular Alexander Fury

     
  3. by SHOWstudio .

    Alexander Fury's Tumblr takeover starts Sunday 6 July

    Don’t forget! Starting Sunday, 6 July, fashion journalist and SHOWstudio alum Alexander Fury will be taking over our Tumblr for a special Couture A/W 14 curation.

    Alongside our coverage of the collections, Fury will be posting about all things couture, specifically focusing on the technical process of couture - so look out for reference imagery, quotations, and other media showing the technique and toil behind some of the most beautiful pieces in fashion. 

    Be sure to head over to Tumblr over the weekend to see Fury's curation, and don't forget to check our Collections page for more live coverage! 

  4. by SHOWstudio .

    The history of fashion photography!

    While we continue our Subjective series, presenting the history of contemporary fashion photography from the perspective of models, Nick Knight is launching Transformative, a new series of interviews with those who work behind-the-scenes: makeup artists stylists, and hairdressers. The series aims to highlight and celebrate the tireless work these individuals do, rather than simply crediting the photographer as the mastermind of a fashion shot.

    This week’s Transformative interview, our first ever, features makeup artist Val Garland sitting down with Knight to discuss her entrance into the makeup world and the gritty Dior campaign they worked on together in 2001. 'Advertising had been slick and polished... it wasn't about a certain woman, it was about every woman' she said, before continuing, 'It felt like the first time that Dior was aimed at the young - it wasn't fuddy-duddy'. 

    Watch their candid interview now, and stay tuned for more intriguing, behind-the-scenes views in Transformative!

  5. by SHOWstudio .

    Marina Abramovic and adidas collaborate on a film to celebrate the World Cup

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    Worldwide exclusive! SHOWstudio is delighted to announce that we will launch a new film by Marina Abramovic and adidas in celebration of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The pioneering performance artist has partnered with the brand on a film documenting the reenactment of one of her seminal works that was last performed in 1979. The short explores the parallels between performance art and sport, and will be revealed in its entirety exclusively on SHOWstudio from 7 July. More details to follow!

  6. by SHOWstudio .

    Sarah Kathryn Cleaver writes about monstrous make-up

    Early this year we launched Ugly, a landmark series that explores fashion's fascination with deliberate awkwardness and vulgarity. The project was inspired by the statement from Miuccia Prada that, 'ugly is attractive, ugly is exciting. Maybe because it is newer,' and features essays by esteemed fashion journalists and a scholarly interview with curator and historian Valerie Steele.

    This week we launch a new essay by writer and SHOWstudio's own editorial assistant Sarah Kathryn Cleaver. The piece focuses on ugliness within beauty trends. Cleaver writes, ‘Isabella Blow’s deliberately lipstick stained teeth, Anna Piaggi’s softly waved turquoise fringe and blotchy doll make-up and Michele Lamy’s gothic, inked forehead, silver teeth and black fingers are all examples of an irrepressible creative drive, expressed using the nearest available media, the skin and the contents of a makeup bag’. 

    Read the rest of this essay and take a look at other insights into fashion’s fetishisation of Ugly

  7. by SHOWstudio .

    See London through Nick Knight's eyes in #MySecretCity

    Our own Nick Knight is giving you the chance to see London through his eyes via a unique collaboration with American Express!

    In 2012 Knight dreamed up Pussycat, Pussycat our first ever Instagram shoot, so it makes sense for American Express to partner with Knight on #MySecretCity, a real time photography exhibition hosted live from London on Twitter. Knight is out and about in London, capturing photos of the hidden inspirations he sees in the places he passes by every day, and sharing them in real time. The Twitter exhibition shows the hidden beauty in these unexpected locations, including city gardens, brutalist architecture, and metropolitan playgrounds to help people realise the full potential of London. 

    ‘We get so stuck in our familiar ways around the city that we miss the sheer beauty and inspiration all around us, which is why I’m working with American Express to celebrate this wonderful city and help people see its hidden beauty,’ says Knight.

    Head over to our Twitter now to watch as Knight posts his snapshots in real time! 

  8. by Marie Schuller .

    A day discussing fashion film at LCF
    Convention & Transgression in Fashion Film

    Yesterday New Medium, Diverse Messages; Convention & Transgression in the Fashion Film, LCF Graduate School's first conference on the subject of fashion film took place at their Central London base.

    The conference discussed the rising genre and screened a variety of work, with early experiments by Guy Bourdin and Blumenfeld, up to the latest and most forward thinking offerings of the world of fashion film, such as Nick Knight's newest film #asif

    Speakers included Nick Rees-Roberts from the University of Bristol discussing films by Guy Bourdin, as well as Hussain Currimbhoy, talking about fashion film as documantary. Speaking about the never ending mystery of what a fashion film actually is, Stephen Whelan from Whitelodge discussed he lack of convention and need for transgression within the genre. Filmmaker Kathryn Ferguson was interviewed by the conference's organiser and initiator, LCF's Nilgin Yusuf and SHOWstudio was represented by Marie Schuller talking about fashion imagery and technology, as well as screening SHOWstudio's most exciting recent film output, including The Elegant Universe and Knight's SS13 Lane Crawford Campaign

     

     

  9. by SHOWstudio .

    The Graduates shoot is now over

    We've come to the end of our two day live shoot, but keep your eye on The Graduates project for the fashion film as well as the editorial soon to be published in 1 Granary magazine.

    Over the course of the 1 and 2 July 2014, Nick Knight, Simon Foxton and the 1 Granary team created a shoot that showcased the work of ten graduates from the CSM MA class of 2014. The beautifully crafted menswear and womenswear pieces were modelled by Sang Woo Kim and Alexia Wight, against the understated set-up of the white-painted studio. 

    If you want to see more from the graduate designers, take a look at our Tumblr, where we're posting the groundwork behind the collections featured in the project in the form of sketches, reference images, fabric samples and more!

  10. by SHOWstudio .

    Day two of The Graduates Tumblr takeover

    In tandem with The Graduates shoot, we're curating our Tumblr with the inspiration and groundwork behind each of the featured designers' final collections. Expect inspiration boards, reference imagery, sketches and developmental designs. So far we have looked in detail at the work of textiles sepcialists Fiona Blakeman and Anita Hirlekar and knitwear designer Serena Gili.

    Stay glued to Tumblr for more! And keep watching our live stream today to see us shoot the final pieces.

  11. by SHOWstudio .

    Tune in for day two of The Graduates!

    Day two of The Graduates is underway! Tune back in to watch Nick Knight as he continues to shoot pieces by CSM’s graduating class of 2014.

    The Graduates is a collaborative project between Nick Knight and 1 Granary, the CSM student-run magazine, along with stylist Simon Foxton, to showcase ten of the graduate’s collections in an editorial spread and fashion film. Five graduate's looks remain, today we'll be shooting the work of the menswear graduates on model Sang Woo Kim as well as more womenswear on the lovely Alexia Wight. Watch now!

  12. by SHOWstudio .

    Alexander Fury's couture Tumblr takeover returns!

    This time last year, we handed over creative control of our Tumblr to fashion journalist and SHOWstudio favourite Alexander Fury, who transformed it with couture related imagery. We're thrilled to announce a second installment of his Tumblr takeover, beginning this Sunday, 6 July, to tie in with the Couture A/W 14 shows.

    Sitting beautifully alongside our coverage of the collections, Fury will present a selection of quotes, details and ephemera from the shows in Paris, uploaded as they happen. Be sure to follow this extra special Tumblr curation through couture fashion week. 

  13. by SHOWstudio .

    Comme des Garcons and Henrik Vibskov panels on demand!

    Relive the collections with our panel discussions! If you missed them, or want to re-watch, the Comme des Garcons and Henrik Vibskov panels are now on demand.

    Our resident chair Daryoush Haj-Najafi hosted both panels; the Comme des Garcons Homme Plus panel featured editor Dal Chodha, writer Hywel Davies, creative director Chris Sutton, and editor Adam Chinese Symbol. The group discussed the rise of luxury sportswear. In response to a celebrity question from designer Nasir Mazhar, the panel concluded 'fashion is based on shifts in sociology; we all grew up liking sportswear, so it's difficult to give up'.

    Our Henrik Vibskov panel was made up of special guests art director Fred Butler, creative director Rob Phillips, senior professor David Kappo, and architect John-Michael O’Sullivan. Phillips commented 'He channels a very specific aesthetic. There's almost a lack of sensory experience in the shows'. The panel fielded a celebrity question from the creative director of Chanel, Amanda Harlech, who asked 'does sound become a part of the design process for Vibskov or other designers?'

    Take a look at our menswear collections live panel discussions, spanning London, Milan, and the Paris collections, all available on demand now!

  14. by SHOWstudio .

    The Graduates Tumblr takeover

    This month’s Tumblr takeover ties in with our newest project, The Graduates! The students featured in the live shoot by Nick Knight and Simon Foxton have provided us with evidence of their process; sketches, swatches, mood boards and all of the reference material that led to their final graduate collections. 

    We'e beginning today with Serena Gili, a recent MA Fashion graduate with a focus on knitwear design. Her work gives great attention to fine details, combined with a strong interest towards innovative and unconventional materials.

    Follow the curation on Tumblr to see the groundwork behind the collections and to get some interesting insight into the designers' processes! 

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