There's an argument that fashion is only truly alive when its on a human body. Its an idea that has plagued museum curators for many a year - the Victoria and Albert museum's wildly successful Fashion In Motion series was an attempt to address the balance.
Given SHOWstudio's dedication to fashion film and showcasing fashion in movement, the idea of animating some of the exhibits in the latest SHOWstudio Shop exhibition In Your Face (open from today until 5 February 2012) was a fundamental concept. So alongside static presentations of fashion pieces from Nasir Mazhar, Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel, Void of Course and Delfina Delettrez, three of the exhibition's key In Your Face items were sported by live models for our private view last night.
Shaun Leane's iconic silver mouthpiece, created for Alexander McQueen's Autumn/Winter 2000 collection 'Eshu' and designed to pin open the model's lips in a permanent, aggressive snarl, was worn with pieces from Sarah Burton's Autumn/Winter 2011 collection for McQueen. A Giles leather suit and Nicholas Kirkwood platforms were the foil for Debra Baxter's crystal brass knuckles, while model Alexia Wight sported the most outlandish piece of the night, Gareth Pugh's 'Stealth Bomber' ensemble from his Spring/Summer 2007 collection, alongside a headpiece custom-made for the 2010 Mercedes-Benz campaign photographed by Nick Knight, and the obligatory Gareth Pugh accessory of choice - a gimp suit. The live presentation of this model, however, will continue - see the SHOWstudio job listings for your chance to sport archive Pugh to a captive audience!
A special thanks to models Alexia Wight, and Nur Hellmann and Akuol de Mabior at Viva, to Stephen Beaver at Premier for hair, Tenielle Sorgiovanni at Premier for make-up and Jessica Hoffman at Caren for manicure.