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  1. by Nick Knight .

    Goodbye Penny

    Today, after seven amazing years, Penny leaves us to become Professor of Fashion Imagery at the London College of Fashion. To say that she will be missed by every member of SHOWstudio is a very large understatement.

    I was more or less half-way through the maelstrom of coloured chaos that was a five-day Dior couture shoot when I first met Penny. Juxtaposed with chainsaws, snakes, smashed pianos, magenta paint and crystal-encrusted car-sized satin dresses, Penny could not have been more of a contrast. A calm, almost serene Hitchcockian beauty only just managed to conceal the excitement and joy at being surrounded by such fashion insanity. For 30 minutes we sat and talked excitedly about SHOWstudio and the emerging possibilities of fashion film, fashion performance, live broadcasts, our loves and hates of photography and the sheer thrill of a new medium opening up before us. By the end of the interview I felt much more enthusiastic about my own work and I had a better understanding of it. I realise now that that is Penny's effect on people. When you work with Penny, whether it is a 6 hour non-stop live interview with Dame Vivienne Westwood or a quick soundbite backstage to a Vogue journalist, everybody comes away from the meeting feeling better about themselves.

    Penny brings the rarest and most needed commodities to the world of fashion: intelligence and culture. It is these rare and precious qualities that she has built forever into the foundations of SHOWstudio - a gift which makes me one of the happiest men alive.

    Thank you Penny.
    Nick.

    Recent comments

    1. dromedary
      16:48 19 Sep 2008
      Penny's the best!!!!!
    2. la
      17:18 19 Sep 2008
      Penny,
      The students at London College of Fashion don't know how lucky they are!
      love,
      La.
    3. zeroh
      17:20 19 Sep 2008
      Thems sure is big shoes to fill....
      Your wise words and beautiful prose will be sorely missed.
      The best of luck Penny.
    4. Landon
      17:57 19 Sep 2008
      All good things come to an end.
      You'll be missed! All the best.
    5. GalileosUniverse
      18:40 19 Sep 2008
      QUOTE : " Penny brings the rarest and most needed commodities to the world of fashion: intelligence and culture. " ...indeed !
      And what an exquisite portrait ! ... " A calm, almost serene Hitchcockian beauty " totally accurate !
      All the very best and thank you for sharing your very stimulating erudition, the London College of Fashion is very lucky to have the privilege to have such a brilliant mind.
    6. KaWai
      19:03 19 Sep 2008
      Penny, you have been great, your energy could be felt even in cyberspace! Good luck.
    7. ChrisSummerfield
      10:08 20 Sep 2008
      To a certain extent the name show studio was Penny Martin. She has and is an inspiration to a lot of people I wish her a great future ahead in her new roll.
      A new direction for show studio and things in life must constantly evolve in order to progress. On behalf of all of us out here I wish you all the best for the future and many thanks for the inspiration and outlets for our thoughts and creativity
    8. BillySoh
      07:03 21 Sep 2008
      Good luck, Penny. Cheers to your better future, after all, nothing comes to an end, it just starts elsewhere.
    9. BenjaminSeroussi
      08:17 23 Sep 2008
      Wish you luck Penny, all the best Benjamin.
    10. AKing
      15:13 25 Sep 2008
      Penny
      Wishing you all the very best at your new post those are some very lucky students.
      Andrew
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  2. by Nick Knight .

    Further Instruction!

    Great to see the suggestions for Antony coming in. To make the brief really clear, I want suggestions for simple ways to make sound, not whole song treatments. For example, banging coconuts, tapping her foot whilst humming or playing the spoons.

    Yours,

    Nick

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    1. sunnylim
      13:18 14 Sep 2007
      i wonder if tossing plates is simple.
      ha.
    2. KirstyAlsoppFanclub
      20:59 14 Sep 2007
      I don't suppose you can light fires in a studio, can you? Don't you think the crackling of burning is the closest thing to sun worship you can think of?
      What about a foley artist's kit? Could you bring in one of those? Does anyone know what they use for fire?
    3. mmbbaa
      01:17 15 Sep 2007
      I think what you are looking for is the sound of cellophane. That is a flame free way to create a crackling sound for fire.
      Good thought. Don't forget to post it in the right spot.
    4. KirstyAlsoppFanclub
      08:09 15 Sep 2007
      It's done. Thanks Marilyn!
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  3. by Nick Knight .

    To the Wall and back

    The Swarovski family invited us all to a feast at an exciting place designed by some of China's most interesting modern architects, which was situated just by the great wall, about two hours outside of Beijing. We arrived to see the sun set over the wall: all very enjoyable. This first picture of a very tired but beautiful Charlotte was taken as we arrived back late that night. The second's of Charlotte with the Creative Director of the Swarovski campaigns, Olivier Van Doorne.

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    1. GalileosUniverse
      22:52 3 Aug 2007
      ....love it!
    2. Abbas
      02:13 4 Aug 2007
      The layering and silhouettes work beautifully. China, the old and constant created new, are the painted face of a big dragon running, whirl and speed. All you can catch are fragments of layers and shadows.
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    1. Sricynk
      15:26 25 Feb 2013
      Grazi for mkaing it nice and EZ.
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  6. by Nick Knight .

    The Elusive Image

    This shot is of a man changing pixels on a huge, illuminated LCD screen in Beijing. It is a real fisherman's story of 'the one that got away', as the very next second after this was taken, the whole massive screen became one huge image of the face of Mickey Mouse, but my bloody mobile phone camera just wouldn’t fire and the car I was in sped off. Another picture that shall just live in my mind...

  7. by Nick Knight .

    Star spotting at the Swarovski Show

    To view the show, our hosts had put us in a elevated place. As I stood there, I noticed great excitement in the crowd below, who all turned around and start photographing up at me. I felt somewhat uncomfortable as I don’t enjoy this sort of public attention, however I did feel very flattered. Until I realised that to one side of me was standing Eunis Chan, one of China’s supermodels and to the other side, a stunningly handsome young Chinese movie star...

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    1. Nheu
      09:13 23 Feb 2013
      This post has hepeld me think things through
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  8. by Nick Knight .

    Beijing Trip with Swarovski

    Things have been a bit of a whirl since the 24-hour YSL broadcast, but in the week preceding it, Charlotte and I were guests of Swarovski at a lavish event and night of general merriment staged in Beijing to mark their new presence in China. This picture phone snap of Gemma Ward was taken at the press conference she gave after the fashion show. It was packed; they clearly adore her in China, and she handled the whole affair with grace, charm and elegance. A rare star indeed.

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    1. KirstyAlsoppFanclub
      17:30 3 Aug 2007
      Gemma was on the front of the first Chinese Vogue, wasn't she? Why is it that such a Anglo Saxon face type and fair complexion appeals to the Chinese market?
    2. joanneK
      18:35 3 Aug 2007
      Perhaps because it's the polar opposite of their aesthetic? Grass-is-greener complex..
    3. GalileosUniverse
      10:22 6 Aug 2007
      .....perhaps...marketing...marketing....good, perfect & sophisticated marketing is absolutely and totally irresistible in every society...imagine how intoxicating it must be where equals do not exactly exist ?....' Hollywood is just a dream....' as the song goes...
    4. YihanChang
      21:41 7 Aug 2007
      Growing up I was mesmerized by the pale complexions of Westerners and the big eyes with defined creases and jawlines. I was always told that kind of features are the "perfect" features and I remember myself trying to make myself look whiter. In Asia, unfortunately we do still see that whiteness represents pureness and innocence and these days, many young asian women still go to extremes to look more westernized. I was born with natural big eyes and darker skin and despite the dark skin, people were envious of my eyes and wondered if I've had plastic surgery. When I moved to America, Westerners didn't care for my big eyes but were more interested in classic small-eyed styles but they loved my bronzed complexions! Seemed like a lose-lose situation no matter which continent I'm in..14 years later when I finally went back to Taiwan again, I couldn't go through one day without at least one person telling me I should try whitening products...such distortion of the perfect beauty
    5. GalileosUniverse
      05:16 8 Aug 2007
      ....but that also happens in America , Europe and Latin America, India where many dark skin people use skin whitening products for social reasons....and even more, among many very dark colour people the closer you are to the lighter shades the better your stand in society ...that I find very weird !!!. ...I know for sure in places like Curacao, Suriname black people with lighter black skin are considered 'better 'or less say ' superior'....translating it in better chances in society...the difference is people generally don't talk about it in the open ...totally incredible but true !!...the paradox is that Northern Europeans find a tanned skin a lot more attractive than the white pale complexions....yes white might symbolically represent ' purity ' and 'innocence'...but in this case it seems to me totally distorted....the funny thing is that black people in Europe are more proud of their colour than their counterparts in their country of origin....as I have experienced it.... and have no complexes about it...that is the way it should be....In the end it is who you are and how you treat your fellow men that counts than the colour of the skin.......
    6. Daisy
      05:10 8 Apr 2013
      Play informative for me, Mr. internet wrtier.
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  9. by Nick Knight .

    Thank You

    I just want to extend a very heartfelt thank you to all the people who sent scripts in, submitted political slogans or phoned in to the 24 HOUR broadcast. I don't know how it felt from your side, but for myself it was one of the most exciting projects that I have undertaken. Thank you all.
    I have a very strong belief in using fashion as a medium for political dicussion and this project not only helped to underpin SHOWstudio's continuing desire to explore that, but was a forerunner of larger projects on that topic that we hope to launch later this year.

    Recent comments

    1. simon.foxton
      01:05 19 Jul 2007
      Good !
      But let's not just make it consent.
      Dialogue and dissent is essential to debate.
      Very exciting .
    2. sdkbos
      02:02 19 Jul 2007
      And thank you for the mixing of ideas. It was great to see my treatments mixed in with those from other viewers. The more unpredictable the more exciting perhaps? Very nice echo effect. Look forward to seeing more in the future.
    3. mamoruK
      13:45 19 Jul 2007
      I am honoured. Super on this side.
    4. LANESTEWART
      19:54 19 Jul 2007
      fantastic job
    5. st.valentine
      22:10 19 Jul 2007
      And i can't wait to see the results!
    6. JereV
      07:14 21 Jul 2007
      Indeed. It was exciting & still is...
      Great work from you Nick, Penny & the whole posse. Plus ofcourse the others who took part of this in form of treatments etc.
    7. EveryonesWaiting
      01:38 24 Jul 2007
      Does anybody have the Gwen Stefani 'Love Angel Music Baby' PDF's 1-16? If you do, could you email them to me at matthew@everyoneswaiting.com.au? Thanks heaps in advance!
    8. danielaTo
      02:12 24 Jul 2007
      wow.
      it feels so good to be thanked.
      Thank YOU for the chance, it felt great on this side.
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  10. by Nick Knight .

    Unveiling of the new Pirelli Calendar #6

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    Inez and Vinoodh unveiling their Pirelli calendar with Sophia Loren and Lou Doillon.

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    1. b4rt0
      08:48 21 Nov 2006
      I don't think much of this calendar, and to be brutally honest I think it's the worst Pirelli calender ever made, I don't care how famous some of the peeps are in it, the idea and it's execution of it leaves a LOT to be desired.
    2. marian
      20:57 21 Nov 2006
      b4rt0 If you think that you should really check out the history of the Pirelli calendar,there has been much much worse than this one.
      Personally ,I like the fact they have used a woman in her 70s,I like the concept of it happening in one bed and I like the delicateness of the gestures and intimate feeling with some of the women.
      I am also intrigued by the way Innes and Vinood work together ,Are they a couple?
    3. ElleMuliarchyk
      22:07 21 Nov 2006
      I agree, this wasn't very imaginative, celebrities again, instead of the models (GRR - as I am a model). What can we do? Just wait till the economy gets better and people will be able to use their imagination and compete with real vigor and create something groundbreaking instead of going for the safe bet! I cannot wait!
      I think I should shoot one of the next of their callendars! I think I will do something revolutionary!
      However I think Innes and Vinood are really amazing. The portfolio of celebrities in the New York Times Magazine was one of the most impressive things I've ever seen!
    4. GalileosUniverse
      09:45 23 Nov 2006
      I read your reply to this subjetc....and somehow I got drawn more into the story of how you’re a self-sufficient model, make up-artist, photographer.....You really made my day !....I enjoyed your "Wonder Woman " approach to how you managed to create your own work...It's utterly delicious to read something like this!!!!!...some sort of 'Joan de Arc' in fashion..hehehe....Having said that there is such an incredible and poignant moral to your story.....you are brave..incredible brave....such story should inspire someone to write a short film......full of humour and yet full of 'humanity'....
      After having lived in New York I’m sure The Big Apple must love you....full of energy and determination......ever so inspiring....
      I know the hazards and the paradoxes of fashion............and yet it is a fascinating fantasy world because it is full of magic and boundless creativity....
      Have you ever thought of doing something for " Diane A Shaded View Of Fashion " ?........you need more exposure...
      By the way I like your work and how incredible resourceful you are !...Passion is the key word indeed and you have more than plenty....
    5. ElleMuliarchyk
      07:27 29 Nov 2006
      Thank you very much, Galileo, for your sweet compliments. I am glad you liked my work.. I will have to explore your suggestions more! It is true - I want to have no fear (even though people that know me say I have no fear anyway) and create something that will inspire people to be more of who they are and be true to their own selves - to the superhero inside of them!
      oxox
    6. GalileosUniverse
      09:54 29 Nov 2006
      Hheheh..love this pic. .WONDER WOMAN !.. I am glad to know they do not only exist in comic books...
      By the way sorry it took time to answer you post but I am astonished to see that SHOW has not made it possible to create a website with an easier way to follow the threads without having to go through the whole maze, and my God with so many creative people hier !..I'm not complaining ...heheh.. just making an observation.... Back to you WONDER WOMAN...you definetly inspire people....I am glad to have the chance to exchange words with a rather unique person.....Keep going and do not forget my suggestion...Diane is incredible in supporting creative people. Do join IQUONS ! a project in which she takes part too.
      And by the way you are very welcome......
      http://www.iqons.com/
    7. GalileosUniverse
      19:23 29 Nov 2006
      I was thinking.........the word " Fear"
      fear |fɪə| noun an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat : drivers are threatening to quit their jobs in fear after a cabby's murder | fear of increasing unemployment | he is prey to irrational fears......
      Maybe that is an interesting theme to explore ........how to translate that in images....because thereis so much fear nowdays.....Just a thought !..but then in a poetic way.......using your inner sense
    8. GalileosUniverse
      14:52 31 Oct 2007
      Congratulations Ellen !...and as I always believe...' time always tells'...great to read about your latest venture.
      I'm very happy for you and wish you the best...keep going !
    9. NeilBridge
      17:24 31 Oct 2007
      Liking Inez & Vinoodh's stuff on the whole lately, and the women of this calendar
      are perfectly chosen. However, it feels overlit & clinical. Completely sexless.
    10. ChrisSummerfield
      17:13 1 Nov 2007
      At last I managed to load the slide show to this project.
      I love black and white photography as a lot of you probably realise, but I am not to sure about a lot of the compositions in this series for Pirellii , I felt that there was a lack of thought in this area. A shame because the models are gorgeous..
      I managed to also check out the resent work here from Flux her black and white pictures look cool babe .keep it up.
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  11. by Nick Knight .

    Unveiling of the new Pirelli Calendar #5

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    Inez and Vinoodh unveiling their Pirelli calendar with Sophia Loren and Lou Doillon.

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    1. ShawnMortensen
      00:37 22 Nov 2006
      I wanna SEE the calendar .
      Give Inez & Vinoodh a break !
      Sophia Loren is still BUILT FOR SPEED !
    2. StreyKatt
      06:44 22 Nov 2006
      you're born with it.. it's in the dna..
    3. SophiaLoren.org
      09:51 22 Jun 2007
      She's still got it!!
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  12. by Nick Knight .

    Unveiling of the new Pirelli Calendar #4

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    Inez and Vinoodh unveiling their Pirelli calendar with Sophia Loren and Lou Doillon.

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    Unveiling of the new Pirelli Calendar #3

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    Inez and Vinoodh unveiling their Pirelli calendar with Sophia Loren and Lou Doillon.

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    Unveiling of the new Pirelli Calendar #2

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    Inez and Vinoodh unveiling their Pirelli calendar with Sophia Loren and Lou Doillon.

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    Unveiling of the new Pirelli Calendar #1

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    Inez and Vinoodh unveiling their Pirelli calendar with Sophia Loren and Lou Doillon.

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    1. Christian
      12:00 25 Feb 2013
      Have a great trip and vacation. General Assembly was exleelcnt. Saw Laurie & Scott and their growing daughter and visited with Rick and Sam. Take good care.
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