1. by Penny Martin .

    It's Liberty on the phone

    The missing piece from the Dress Me Up, Dress Me Down bonanza is the end product: what exactly will happen to the sequence of images of Liberty Ross being undress once Nick Knight captures them. Quietly, gradually, Daniel Brown has been working on a solution for us. Have a look at these tests that he has been developing for an interactive that you can play with on the site, configure your favourite image of Liberty - be it a 'moving window' imaging technique, a rotating deconstruction device, a fractured montage or a random colour generator - and then by some stroke of technical genius, download your personally customised picture of Liberty onto your mobile phone! To keep! For free!

    This is purely work-in-progress, though, which can't be downloaded. Danny is being quite humble about these and has been reminding me that there is a lot of work to do to get them download-perfect!!

    This is a great moment for us as it marks the first project we've worked with Danny since he was crowned Designer of the Year last year. And we're delighted.


    1. Tim
      09:53 24 Nov 2012
      Christine Scott18/05/2011 at 08:00Hi Malx,Just noticed on the cadlaenr of events under Social, that the Monday morning ladies walking pairs is still listed. This is no longer happening.Cheers, Christine
  2. by Penny Martin .

    Samples Arriving

    No, it's not a big slag heap you can spot in the corner of the studio. Those are bags of clothes. Jonathan Kaye and Sarah Young have come into the studio to photograph the samples that have started to pour into the studio in advance of next week's live event.

    Sanderson Bob's 'Looks' section was just an indicative taster: now see the real garments you will actually be able to dress Liberty Ross in. An issue arising is one of shoe size: most samples are made in a six or seven, but our Liberty is a dainty little 4.5 (37). We'd better have the Jonathan source you some insoles!

  3. by Penny Martin .

    Wired for Live Tomorrow

    It's all hands on deck getting all the tech in place for tomorrow's live shoot (and it's been tight, but it's looking to be exciting). In advance of the live console being launched later tonight, I've been putting together a newswire for our subscribers that outlines the instructions for participating. Here's a sneak preview:

    And so the day is almost upon us. You've familiarised yourself with the Comme des Garcons deconstructed crinolines in 'Victorian' mood board and virtually stroked the embroidered Margiela T-shirts in 'Biker'. Now progress
    on to the real thing and step up for your debut as Liberty Ross's virtual stylist. The best look from the project will win an unique, Yves Klein-like imprint of Liberty Ross's body, captured during her 'Fragments of Me' video portrait series.



    Click open the doors of the WARDROBE section and you will see images of all the clothes Liberty will be dressing in over the next three days. Featuring almost every imaginable brand, from Louis Vuitton, Lanvin and Undercover and the new Comme des Garcons line by Tao Kurihara, to Jil Sander, Rochas and Hussein Chalayan, these are arranged into nine individual looks. Three looks
    will be photographed each day, first up at 10:30 tomorrow morning, is 'Victorian'.

    A CHATROOM has already opened inside the project, where you can discuss what's unfolding throughout the shoot and make your application to have a one-to-one with Liberty and be her virtual stylist. To be eligible, first
    you need to REGISTER. To take part you must then LOG-IN and remain on-line to see if you are invited by Liberty for a private styling session. You can chat with Liberty and other people who are also logged in at that time. You don't actually need to chat to be invited, but don't be shy!

    You can watch and listen as each participant undertakes their own styling session. There will be approximately one and half hours of styling session per look, each up to 15 minutes long. As each participant creates a look we
    will capture photographs and post them to the GALLERY section.

    Nick Knight will select one of the looks you created in the Dress Me Up session, and that will be recreated and deconstructed. Nick's final sequence of images will be posted to the POLAROIDS section.

    There will be an interval for hair and make up between each of the three sessions when the video streaming will only show a sign, notifying you of the starting time of the next session. Check the news board at the top of the Chatroom for updates and times when sessions will start and end. While away your time in the Chatroom, or view the myriad of other aspects in this project.

    We look forward to seeing you tomorrow from 10:30 GMT!

  4. Posted .

    On set, getting ready for action

    Everyone's on set (well, nearly) and Liberty Ross is currently 'in hair and make-up', preparing for her 'Victorian' persona. You will be able to register for chat shortly: certainly by 10.30 when the shoot starts. We're having a few teething problems with the chat application, but that's to be expected. Bear with us: it's shaping up to be a memorable event.

  5. by Dorian Moore .

    Live Broadcast : System Requirements

    I meant to give you all heads up on this a few days ago, but I've been wrestling with Java implementation issues for the last few days. The live broadcast is a mix of a QuickTime and Java chat. The chat is the most problematic - and untested - of the two components, so please be gentle with it.

    An unfortunate late discovery with the chat is a problem with the chat running on Mac OS 9. There seems to be a bug in the Java implementation with loading in the program, I'm trying to resolve this and will post later with news if there is any.

    Under Windows XP you may need to install the Java Runtime Environment from Sun, and restart your browser if the chat doesn't appear. You can download it by going here, then scrolling down to "J2SE v 1.4.2_08 JRE" and clicking on "Download J2SE JRE" (Sorry, we can't link to the main download page).

    The chat engine might also be blocked by firewalls in a corporate environemnt, or if you have a personal firewall running on your computer. It requires an outgoing TCP connection on port 5222 to be allowed through.

    If problems persist either drop me an email via the contact page, or post in the forum, and I'll see what I can do to help.

  6. by Ross Phillips .

    Live broadcast problems

    If you have any problems viewing the live stream or using the chatroom can you please post them in the forum under the topic CHAT ROOM PROBLEMS. We'll keep an eye on it and do our best to fix what we can. Thanks. EDIT: Please list your machine type/processor speed/operating/system/browser/quicktime version/internet connection, ta.

  7. by Penny Martin .


    With an informed audience like SHOWstudio's, it's not quite good enough to say that 'pornographic webchats were our initial inspiration' and then not look into the critical ramifications of finding pornography 'inspiring'.

    And so, to complement the live Liberty Ross shoot, we've commissioned a bit of reading for you. Six people representing six very different views on the relationship between fashion, photography and pornography have provided us with fascinating short written statements supporting their personal view and also with images, where appropriate. We've arranged this into a cast of characters, mapping the territories of their respective arguements, from Militant Feminist and Photographic Historian to The Pornographer himself and The Connoisseur of the images he produces.

    As well as longtime SHOWstudio contributors Peter Saville and Ann-Sofie Back, we are pleased to welcome photographers Jonathan de Villiers and Richard Kern (his 'Woman With Man, 2004' is pictured above), the Director of Christie's and esteemed writer on photography Philippe Garner and of course, icon of feminism, the late Andrea Dworkin, into the fold.

  8. Posted .

    Viewers' Gallery Filling Up!

    Hundreds of you have been logging on to style Liberty Ross over the past couple of days and Nick Knight's stills of your assembled looks are amassing in the Viewer's Gallery. Above is JimmyC's take on FRINGED, with Liberty giving Christian Wijnants' gown a good thrashing. Still to come tonight is BIKER, followed by VOLUME, MILITARY and VEILED tomorrow.

    And congratulations to our studio assistant Rhea Thierstein, who found out she got a First in Fashion Photography from Bournemouth today!! It's a celebratory atmosphere in the studio today, for every reason...


    1. xyz
      09:52 1 Apr 2014
  9. by Dorian Moore .

    Accessing the Video Stream

    Due to increasing demand to view the live video stream I've added another server - from my personal stash - to the array you can choose from upon entering the project. This server is also located in the US, in Texas.

    Some people have reported better chances when choosing different servers, even ones which seem further away. Loads of reasons this could be... but there are loads of sites that can explain that better.

    One of the issues has been only one server - the US/AP one - was capable of serving a stream that could get past certain firewalls. I've reconfigured the other servers to allow this now so you may find you get a better response from a server that wasn't working yesterday.

  10. by Penny Martin .

    de Villiers delivers

    Jonathan de Villiers was in touch just before the weekend to submit the images to accompany his essay in the 'On Pornography' section of Dress Me Up, Dress Me Down. In spite of not wishing to do a shoot or film explicitly *on* pornography (see blog entry 13 May), it seems Jonathan was able to turn an exhibition commission to shoot images of Dutch fashion that engage with nationalism and 'Dutch-ness' to our advantage.

    On his way to Manila, Jonathan took the clothes in a bag over to Amsterdam, where he paid prostitutes to wear them for his photographs. In his accompanying e-mail (below), de Villiers describes exactly the issues of control, sexual politics and unease involved in the classic model/photographer relationship that we wanted to explore in Dress Me Up, Dress Me Down. Apparently there is also film footage of the shoot...

    From: Jonathan de Villiers <******************@***.**>
    Date: Fri, 1 Jul 2005 16:20:06 +0200
    To: Penny Martin Subject: Re: Amsterdam sex workers

    Dear Penny,

    Here are a couple of shots for you.

    The Asian woman is called Joy and the blonde woman is called Alicia. They are both prostitutes in Amsterdam's red-light district. They are photographed where they work. Joy is wearing a white tulle dress by Angelos Bartis and Alicia is wearing black scaled leggings and top by
    Mada Van Gaans.

    The main thing trying to persuade prostitutes to be photographed is that you look and feel like a client haggling over the price.

    They are for the exhibition; 'Zoom, Eyes On Dutch Fashion' which opens on 4 July at: Musee Galliera, musee de la Mode de la Ville de Paris, 10, Avenue Pierre 1er de Serbie, 75116 Paris. The show runs until 21 August.



  11. Posted .

    Dazzling Prize

    The Dress Me Up, Dress Me Down live styling prize –a startling flouorescent life size body paint print made by Liberty Ross– is now here in the studio, ready and waiting for Liberty, Jonathan Kaye and Nick Knight's deliberations on a winner.

    If you are one of the nine participants whose Dress Me Up look was chosen for Nick's Dress Me Down session, then keep an eye on the blog throughout tomorrow when a decision is expected.

  12. by Penny Martin .

    New 'Bring & Buy' Project Launched!!

    You might not think it was long ago that we were asking you to step up and pitch in, styling Liberty Ross last week with the best of 'em. Now we've got designs on your closet!

    Send us a favourite item of clothing and see it customised and styled by a leading stylist, modelled by their muse, photographed by Nick Knight for i-D magazine later this month and then auctioned for charity on EBay. You could even buy it back, newly invigorated with class-A fashion provenance! The only catch is: you've only got two weeks to get it to us! Click here for further details.

  13. Posted .

    Biker Wins

    And the winner of the Liberty Ross life size body paint print, for his styling in the Biker look of the Dress Me Up, Dress Me Down project is...

    James San

    Liberty tells us that this outfit, featuring a Paul Smith checked shirt, D squared cropped jeans and cap, finished off with black Yohji leather gloves, is the one she is most liklely to don when not modelling.

    Congratulations to James, and also to all our paticipants who created a look for Liberty in the three day live event last week (view all of these in the Gallery section). James, if you would be kind enough to send us your details then we'll arrange for your print to go out to you ASAP.

  14. by Ross Phillips .


    Tell your friends about our great i-D Bring & Buy project with this informative poster. Print it out and stick it up in your office, home or local swimming pool and help spread the word.


  15. by Ross Phillips .


    Thanks to Jean Claude Betancor's parcel this morning we have opened the submissions gallery. Every time a new parcel arrives we will record a video of it being opened and scan in any information or pictures that come with it.


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