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  1. by SHOWstudio .

    Part 2 of the Pin-ups shoot is now live!

    It's part two of our live editorial Pin-ups shoot with 10 Magazine! Today Nick Knight is on set with Victoria's Secret Angels Lily Donaldson and Lily Aldridge as they continue to reinterpret the traditional codes and motifs of erotic imagery. Expect animal costumes, 3D scanning and a whole lot of feathers.

    Watch NOW to see the shoot as it happens and stay tuned for the finished images, coming soon in the Spring issue of 10 Magazine!

  2. by SHOWstudio .

    Pin-ups continues!

    Nick Knight and Sophia Neophitou’s Pin-ups shoot for 10 Magazine resumes tomorrow, 7 November! Part two features Victoria’s Secret ‘Angels’ Lily Donaldson and Lily Aldridge - expect fabulous sets, otherworldly hair and make-up and futuristic 3D scanning as Knight continues to riff on the traditional codes and motifs of erotic imagery. Tune in to watch the live-streamed shoot from 08:30 GMT, the final images of which will appear in the spring issue of 10 Magazine.

  3. by SHOWstudio .

    Girly: a new essay by Lou Stoppard

    The Girly project continues! Read our latest essay from SHOWstudio editor Lou Stoppard as she laments the rise of the 'Basic Bitches.'

    Examining the current trend for hyper-youthful, hyper-feminine fashion, Stoppard muses why women want to be girls, arguing that it 'actually has very little to do with women’s rights, it's all about age, education and economy.' Citing designers like Jeremy Scott and style icons like Cher Horowitz, Stoppard posits that 'young women have no idea who [their] role models are'; 'our generation has been forced into a time warp, cruelly prevented from ever growing up like some sad passive aggressive female Peter Pan in American Apparel disco pants.'

    Read the full essay now and don't forget to explore the rest of the Girly project, including Nick Knight and Rei Nadal's Girl fashion film! 

  4. by Charles Jeffrey .

    Loverboy

    LOVERBOY is a highly concentrated mix of art house sex appeal tossed up with a healthy dose of electric space age modernism. At LOVERBOY we don't care who you are or what you are, as long as your head is in the clouds and you're ready to get lost. Dancing is the path to redemption...It's the 4th night of decoration and destruction at the notorious Vogue Fabrics this Friday 7 November from 22:00 GMT to 03:00 GMT.

  5. by SHOWstudio .

    1914 Now: Films and Essays

    SHOWstudio is proud to present 1914 Now, a film installation and collaboration between fashion curators and filmmakers.

    Inspired by Rem Koolhaas's brief to the national pavilions in the Giardini of the Venice Architectural Biennale, Absorbing Modernity 1914 to 2014, the project was realised when London College of Fashion's Alison Moloney invited four curators  - Walter Van Beirendonck, Amy de la Haye, Judith Clark and Kaat Debo -  to express a moment in fashion or dress from 1914 through the medium of film.

    The curators have collaborated with filmmakers including Bart Hess, James Norton, Katerina Athanasopoulou and Marie Schuller, simultaneously revealing multiple perspectives on one year of fashion and on fashion curation, with each curator displaying their distinctive approach towards their discipline and highlighting the interplay between static object and moving image.

    Alongside the four films are essays from the curators and responses from architectural historians and practitioners and critics, which explore how moments of modernity in fashion collide with those from other disciplines.

    Explore the in-depth project and browse the 1914 Now catalogue, available for purchase at SHOWstudio Shop!

  6. by SHOWstudio .

    Liberty Ross on Ozzy Osbourne and Bob Carlos Clarke

    Subjective continues! In the latest episode of our rolling series reconsidering fashion photography from the models' side of the camera, Nick Knight speaks to Liberty Ross about appearing on Ozzy Osbourne's No Rest for the Wicked album cover when she was just nine years old.

    Ross recalls arriving at the shoot with her mother 'and just being so confused'; 'I was like 'what is happening?!' I didn't really know much about Ozzy, apart from he was a rock star.' She also discusses collaborating with photographer Bob Carlos Clarke on the project and explains her early entry into modelling; 'Weirdly I'm really shy so I don't know why or how I ended up doing this job. It was just part of who I am.'

    Watch the full interview now and don't forget to explore our sister project Transformative!

  7. by SHOWstudio .

    New to Girly: Morna Laing unpicks Meadham Kirchhoff!

    The latest addition to our Girly project is an essay on Meadham Kirchhoff’s S/S 12 collection, A Wolf in Lamb’s Clothing, penned by the London College of Fashion’s Morna Laing! 

    Recognising that the representation of the ‘woman-child’ in fashion often serves as a signifier or symbol for the times we live in, Laing considers the roles of the London label's famed S/S 12 collection’s ‘pastel-clad Courtney-Love-alikes’ and ‘pirouetting girl-child ballerinas.' She argues that Meadham Kirchhoff’s re-appropriation of the kinderwhore aesthetic amounts to a cunning political message and that the collection ‘can be understood as an instance of same-sex drag: exaggerating the contradictory demands of ideal femininity; betraying its constructed-ness; subverting it from within.’

    Read her essay in full and be sure to revisit past essays and interviews in the Girly series. The project includes a fashion film by Nick Knight and Rei Nadal which features key Meadham Kirchhoff pieces.

  8. by SHOWstudio .

    A dose of Helen Bullock

    Luxury womenswear designer Phoebe English and illustrator and textile designer Helen Bullock first met during their time at Central Saint Martins. For English's S/S 15 collection, shown in September 2014 at London Fashion Week, the two friends collaborated for the first time. The resulting collection combined English's precise, hand-crafted aesthetic with Bullock's tactile 'prints', inspired by the idea of destroyed florals. 

    Bullock has also shared with us her depictions of looks from the S/S 15 fashion weeks in her signature spontaneous style. Enjoy her expressive takes on runway ensembles from the likes of Tom FordJ.W. AndersonMarc Jacobs and Meadham Kirchhoff, and visit the SHOWstudio Shop to own one of her bold pieces!

  9. by SHOWstudio .

    Claudia Maté's Tumblr takeover has begun!
    1 - 7 November

    As part of our monthly tradition of giving a guest creative free reign over the SHOWstudio Tumblr, we're handed over the page to artist Claudia Maté for a week starting today, Saturday 1 November!

    The Spanish-born, London-based artist's portfolio features a myriad of online projects where she experiments with different programming languages and 3D software. Maté is best known for her work on Cloaque.org with Carlos Sáez, a seamless Tumblr-based collaborative collage, or ‘digital landfill’. Engaging with new ideas about our visual culture and the language of the internet, Maté’s other projects range from Sweet Finances!, an installation exploring the artistry of commodity markets, to her David Bowie GIFs, created in response to the V&A exhibition. 

    So far Maté has been posting manipulated versions of images by the likes of Steve McCurry (above), Mario Testino, Tyrone Lebon and more. Check it out!

  10. by Marie Schuller .

    Punk Love!
    Marcos Mello's SHOWstudio film now in colour

    Do you remember Marcos Mello's award winning film for SHOWstudio's Punk fashion film series in 2013? The forward thinking piece, entitled Punk Love, which features Brazilian models Alicia Kuczman and Isabel Hickman surrounded by the unique motion design of light painting, has now been reworked in colour. The new version takes Mello's light paintings to the next level and you can watch it here.

    Revisit the entire SHOWstudio Punk series to watch work by Judy Blame, Ruth Hogben and Erica Schreiner, to name but a few. 

  11. by Lou Stoppard .

    Help Save A Piece of Photographic History

    Islington Council are trying to shut down brilliant darkroom BDI to build luxury flats. Please sign this petition to help save this small business and place of photographic history!

    BDI, located in the Redbrick Estate, is the place where Nick Knight pioneered a new form of colour photography, creating super bright images, while working on the Yohji Yamamoto catalogues back in 1985. It was only thanks to the open-mindedness of BDI's Brian Dowling that the method was ever invented and since then BDI has worked on numerous iconic fashion campaigns and editorials with photographers such as Glen Luchford, Craig McDean, Corinne Day, and Davids Sims. It's not really an overstatement to say that BDI helped change the way the world is coloured. Today BDI is still thriving despite technological and digital developments and is one of the few places where students from schools such as Central Saint Martins, the Royal College of Art and East London College can go and learn about traditional photographic hand printing. Please show your support.

    Recent comments

    1. Mariam
      08:05 1 Nov 2014
      Save the creativity
    2. Joe Stephens
      23:45 2 Nov 2014
      This is an outrage.
    3. SHOAIB bukhari
      10:29 8 Nov 2014
      Fuck flats that no one can afford. This is so much more important.
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  12. by SHOWstudio .

    A new essay by Bertie Brandes!

    Our Girly project continues with a new essay from journalist and Mushpit founder Bertie Brandes! Whilst the series took key A/W 14 piece - from Ryan Lo's tutus to Meadham Kirchhoff's frocks - as its starting point, S/S 15 was a landmark season when considering fashion's relationship with feminism. Shows like Chanel and Moschino couldn't have come at a more apt time when analysing the 'Girly' vogue.

    Focusing on the the commodification of feminism and the dichotomy that often exists between fashion and the feminist movement, Brandes deconstructs the hyper-feminine aesthetic, citing work by designers like Meadham Kirchhoff, Karl Lagerfeld and Jeremy Scott, who are 'twisting ideas of girlishness into something unexpected.' She argues 'when girlishness is done intelligently, and with genuine complexity it is a wonderful, insightful thing.'

    Read the full essay now and stay tuned for more Girly content, including an upcoming piece on Meadham Kirchhoff's Spring/Summer 2013 collection Wolf in Lamb's Clothing.

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