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    New on SHOWstudio, Mastered: MACHINE-A's Behind-The-Scenes

    As part of Nick Knight's Mastered image-making program, Anna Trevelyan tasked aspiring creatives with pitching a photoshoot inspired by both their own unique location and the stock at MACHINE-A. Photographer Ross Laurence submitted the winning proposal, and was given the opportunity to bring his shoot to life, with the help of Trevelyan.

    The now defunct Lake Dolores Waterpark in Southern California - a location Laurence regularly passed while en route to Las Vegas - formed the backdrop. 

    Watch Trevelyan and Laurence behnd-the-scenes as they discuss the looks, location shots and overall aesthetic. 

    Watch the footage here, see the editorialhead to SHOWstudio to peruse the featured items

  2. by SHOWstudio .

    LIVE STUDIO - Charles Jeffrey's 'Boy Meets Wool' is coming soon!

    Over the years, numerous designers and makers have taken up residence at SHOWstudio for a set number of days to create a garment or artwork live on camera, while answering questions from viewers.

    Continuing this tradition, Charles Jeffrey will be in the studio from 19 to 21 April. He will replicate his studio environment, inviting friends and collaborators to join him for chats as he works.

    The pieces will be made with the help of knitwear design Tracey Turbitt-Lewis, who collaborates with Jeffrey regularly, and the final creation will be modelled by performance artist Kevin Le Grand Bailor. 

    The Woolmark Company team up with SHOWstudio for the first time to help provide Jeffrey with fabric expertise and special access to some of the UK’s best mills. In the weeks leading up to to the broadcast, Jeffrey visited the Laxtons and Bower Roebuck mills in Yorkshire; the former focuses on knitting craft, while the latter deals with making the fabrics themselves.

    Over three days, Jeffrey will create a wool item live on camera, discussing and revealing his working process, from conception to completion. He will take questions from viewers while he works.

    Submit a question now or revisit previous live studios such as Philip Treacy, Stephen Jones and Claire Barrow!

    Be sure to tune in on 19, 20 and 21 of April to watch the process unfold live on camera!

     
  3. by Matthew Williams .

    Designer Dozie Kanu creates 'Chair [ i ]'

    For the first of his self-produced projects, 22-year-old artist and designer Dozie Kanu created a pair of simple dining chairs; transforming the classic curved backrest into something more contemporary. 
     
    Fashioned from tubular steel, upholstered with a 'Klein blue' leather cushion and finished with brushed steel caps, the design is elegant and expressive, yet practical.  
     
    As a fine art student at the School of Visual Arts, Kanu splits his time working as an assistant in various furniture design studios and art studios across New York City. 'Chair [ i ]' is a work set to depict these combined interests. 
     
    'I find satisfaction when an objects form and materials align seamlessly or interestingly. I plan on continuing to make objects I want to live with. I’m definitely hazy about what the driving force behind my practice is exactly. I’m caught up in several different ideas and feel pressured to load work with meaning… it should happen organically. In that way designing functional objects is easier.'
     
  4. by SHOWstudio .

    New 'The Photoshoot': Tigran Avetisyan S/S 16

    Designer, Tigran Avetisyan is known for his irreverent, wryly political films.

    His new S/S 16 film, The Photoshoot, comments on ever-changing views of beauty and fashion. ‘I am fascinated how something that was 'cool' can fall out of favour within few seasons and be forgotten,’ explains Avetisyan, adding that his S/S 16 ‘Best Hits’ collection was dedicated to labels that are no longer relevant. 

    Watch the film on SHOWstudio and browse the collection on SHOWstudio/MACHINE-A!

  5. by SHOWstudio .

    Revisit REMEMBER YOU WERE MADE TO BE USED's Tumblr Take-over

    For the first seven days in April, REMEMBER YOU WERE MADE TO BE USED took over the SHOWstudio Tumblr.

    Revisit the multimedia designer's carefully curated images, including stills from Daniel Aronofsky's Requiem for a Dream, Jean-Luc Goddard's Ici et Ailleurs and Vincent Gallo's Buffalo '66.

    Head over to Tumblr to see their take-over and review the past curations by the likes of Hari Nef, Michel Gaubert, and Lucy Norris

  6. by SHOWstudio .

    NEW on SHOWstudio, Mastered: MACHINE-A's editorial

    As part of Nick Knight's Mastered image-making program, Anna Trevelyan tasked aspiring creatives with pitching a photoshoot inspired by both their own unique location and the stock at MACHINE-A. Trevelyan looked for work that paid tribute to the global focus of the retailer's designers. 

    Photographer Ross Laurence submitted the winning proposal, and was given the opportunity to bring his shoot to life, with the help of Trevelyan. The now defunct Lake Dolores Waterpark in Southern California - a location Laurence regularly passed while en route to Las Vegas - formed the backdrop. 

    See the editorial in full here and head to SHOWstudio to peruse the featured items

  7. by SHOWstudio .

    Our 'North' series returns!

    'North' is a project exploring the various ways the North of England has been portrayed and stereotyped in media and fashion, pondering whether the place where someone has grown up influences their aesthetic.

    Figures from across fashion, such as photographers Jamie Hawkesworth and Nina Manandhar, set briefs to students studying Fashion Communication at Liverpool John Moores University that demanded time be spent out and about engaging with the community and exploring areas of the North.

    Make sure you peruse the students' work and check out the rest of the 'North' series, featuring an essay by Adam Murray as well as an interview with stylist Simon Foxton

  8. by SHOWstudio .

    In Conversation: Lou Stoppard and Jessica May Underwood

    In a new addition to our In Conversation interview project, SHOWstudio editor Lou Stoppard and Jessica May Underwood discuss fashion illustration as part of the 'V&A Connects' series.

    Underwood reminisces about her involvement with Alexander McQueen, her work with Harrods and her artistic preferences. 

    Watch the complete conversation now and don't forget to revisit our SHOWstudio/MACHINE-A store to browse our current fashion illustration selection. 

  9. by SHOWstudio .

    REMEMBER YOU WERE MADE TO BE USED Tumblr Take-over now in session!

    REMEMBER YOU WERE MADE TO BE USED, an on-going multi-media platform, have taken over SHOWstudio's Tumblr page for the first week of April 2016. 

    Their 'subconscious' research reflects their obsession with boys with shaved heads and reflects today's copy and paste generation. Their week-long image curation is now halfway through, be sure to peruse the rest of REMEMBER YOU WERE MADE TO BE USED's digital research on the SHOWstudio Tumblr page

  10. by SHOWstudio .

    Womenswear A/W 16 round-up panels are now on-demand!

    Womenswear A/W 16 may have been a while ago, but you can now revisit the highlights of London, Paris, New York and Milan in our round-up panels

    Industry experts including fashion PR Mandi Lennard, fashion editor Mimma Viglezio, fashion writer Alexander Fury and more dissect the highlights of LondonParis, New York and Milan

    The panels discuss the stand-out collections from each city as well as broader themes such as gender, politics, digital and social media and creative direction. 

    Watch the round-up panels

  11. by SHOWstudio .

    'Transformative' is back!

    Our 'Transformative' series examines the fashion world through the eyes of the best stylists, hair stylists and make up artists of the industry.

    In the latest instalment, Nick Knight interviews hairstylist Eugene Souleiman about working with Björk on the cover of her 2011 album, Biophilia, photographed by Inez and Vinoodh. ‘Björk was fixated by Hollywood redheads,’ Souleiman explains as he talks to Knight about the thought-process and ideas behind the red wig. ‘I wanted to make her hair like a cloud.’

    Watch the full interview now and check out Sam McKnight, Isamaya Ffrench and Val Garland talk about their craft. 

  12. by SHOWstudio .

    Tumblr Take-over: REMEMBER YOU WERE MADE TO BE USED

    In keeping with our tradition of handing the reins of SHOWstudio's Tumblr over to a different contributor for the first week of every month, multi-media platform REMEMBER YOU WERE MADE TO BE USED will be curating our Tumblr for the next week.  

    Exploring the way today's copy and paste generation consumes images, REMEMBER YOU WERE MADE TO BE USED exists across a multitude of platforms, from Instagram to an online 'subconscious' reasearch and their most recent film collaboration with London MAN designer Rory Parnell-Mooney.

    Head over to the SHOWstudio Tumblr page to browse their digital research and imagery!

  13. by SHOWstudio .

    We remember Zaha Hadid

    We were saddened to hear the terrible news of Zaha Hadid's death earlier today. 

    The architectural pioneer, known for her distinctively futuristic, powerful and curving forms, who was the first female and first Muslim recipient of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, and honoured with an OBE and DBE titles, will be sorely missed and her death is a great loss for the future of the craft. 

    To commemorate the amazing woman and her talents, look back at 'Four-Tell,' a film where she discusses womanhood and the importance of female role models. 

    Image is an illustration of Zaha Hadid by the very talented artist Jessica May Underwood

  14. by Kiki Georgiou .

    Kiki Georgiou reports on Miu Miu's 'Women’s Tales' film series

    Miu Miu unveiled the latest instalment in their Women’s Tales film series in New York over New York Fashion Week. Seed is directed by the Japanese filmmaker Naomi Kawase whose most recent film Still The Water was in the main competition at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. 

    On a snowy New York afternoon, Kawase admitted to not knowing much about Miu Miu, or Prada for that matter, prior to being approached by them. 'I saw the collection and I was inspired by the fabrics, the chiffon, and the vivid colors', the director said a few hours before the screening. She had already wanted to work with the actress Sakura Ando, whom Kawase described as 'naturally wild, a very vivid actress - she's very athletic, like cloth' and, rather serendipitously, the turning fall colours of the trees around her reminded her of those nice clothes that she saw at Miu Miu. 

    Such appreciation for natural beauty is a running thread throughout Kawase’s work, often shot in her birthplace, Nara. Seed also begins in the forests and waterfalls of Nara before we, alongside Sakura’s character, are transported right in the middle of Tokyo’s urban cacophony. Is this then another argument for nature over city? Refreshingly, the answer is no. 'There is nature in the city as well'  the director argues, 'I am not denying the urban lifestyle, we should accept what’s around us.' In fact, Seed celebrates the human, and it can be argued particularly female, talent for adapting to our surroundings and learning from them. Like Sakura’s strange fairy of a creature who exchanges an apple for a piece of chiffon with an old homeless man. He marvels at the beauty of the fruit, she plays with the billowing material in the streets of Tokyo. 'She came to the city and gained a new world so when she returns to nature, to the water she came from, she’s not the same anymore. It’s a new beginning', Kawase explains. 'It doesn’t matter where you are, you can explore, learn and adapt' and then adds, 'Even in wild nature there’ something artificial.' 

    Interestingly, Kawase felt liberated as a filmmaker working on a project for a fashion brand. 'This was the first time I was asked to make the project as freely as I wished', she exclaims. This new experience gave her a new appreciation of collaboration – for example, she worked with the Japanese band Sakanaction on the film’s score, which blends natural and digital sounds. 'More possibilities', she repeats to underscore her point. 

  15. by SHOWstudio .

    Our A/W 16 Round-up panel schedule is here!

    Revisit the ready-to-wear A/W 16 season with our live panel discussions. Lou Stoppard and industry experts will be rounding up the NYFW, LFW, MFW and PFW shows, discussing the highlights and notable trends. 

    Follow our schedule below to stay up-to-date:

     

    New York Fashion Week: 30 March at 11:00 GMT

    Panelists:

    Lou Stoppard, SHOWstudio editor.

    Alex Fury, writer

    Amy de la Haye, professor

    Lucy Moore, director of Claire de Rouen Books

     

    London Fashion Week: 30 March at 16:00 GMT

    Panelists:

    Lou Stoppard, SHOWstudio editor.

    Lucy Norris, writer and historian

    Mandi Lennard, fashion PR

    Hilary Alexander, writer

    Richard Mortimer, writer

    Harriet Walker, writer

     

    Milan Fashion Week: 31 March at 11:00 GMT
     
    Panelists:
     
    Lou Stoppard, SHOWstudio editor.
     
    Andrew Davis, stylist
     
     
    Anna Murphy, fashion director
     
     
      
     
    Paris Fashion Week: 31 March at 16:00 GMT
     
    Panelists:
     
    Lou Stoppard, SHOWstudio editor.
     
    Lucy Norris, writer and historian
     
    Mandi Lennard, fashion PR
     
    Reba Maybury, editor
     
     
    While you wait, peruse our 'Collections' page to stay up to date with everything A/W 16. 
  16. by SHOWstudio .

    'David Bowie: Oooh Fashion!' Panel Footage, Illustrations and the Man Himself

    The final instalment of SHOWstudio's 'David Bowie: Oooh Fashion!' series is now available! 

    To celebrate the enduring legacy of David Bowie on the fashion industry, SHOWstudio are releasing a series of exclusive films from Nick Knight's archive that connect to the late musician.

    This week sees the release of behind-the-scenes footage of Nick Knight photographing David Bowie for his 'Black Tie White Noise' album cover. Footage of our live panel at the V&A is also available to watch on SHOWstudio and an essay by writer Paul Gorman will be released this week. 

    Be sure to take a look at at the entire project for behind-the-scenes footage of Kate Moss wearing David Bowie's costumes, and our specially commissioned David Bowie illustrations by artists such as Rob Phillips, Fiona Gourlay and Jenifer Corker

     

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