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    SHOWstudio is at Port Eliot this weekend!

    Port Eliot, Cornwall's arts and culture festival, opens today!

    SHOWstudio is there on display at the Orangery venue, where our Fashion Flora exhibition will be open to the public. All illustrations, exploring floral motifs in fashion, will be available to purchase from the SHOWstudio team! Alongside the pop-up exhibition, we will be hosting and attending events and workshops throughout Port Elliot and giving you behind-the-scenes access via our social media channels.

    Today, we will be on Instagram Stories at the Wardrobe Department stage where we will be showing you the Richard Quinn x John Lewis exclusive upholstered furniture and clothing, and later on, check out Facebook Live to get BTS access to a masterclass with fashion illustrator Jenifer Corker.

    On Saturday, Zandra Rhodes' designs will be brought to life in the Zandra Land festival tent, which we'll be broadcasting live on Facebook, plus, Gill Button is hosting an illustration workshop live on SHOWstudio's Instagram stories.

    On Sunday be sure to tune into Instagram where SHOWstudio will be filming Stephen Jones' fashion show in collaboration with Giles Deacon, along with a discussion of his new autobiography, Souvenirs, with Susannah Frankel. Finally, Fiona Gourlay will host our third fashion illustration masterclass over on Facebook Live.

    Make sure to follow SHOWstudio on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to stay updated with our adventures at Port Elliot!

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    North: Fashioning Identity at Somerset House

    North: Fashioning Identity, originally shown at the Open Eye Gallery in Liverpool in Spring 2017, is migrating to Somerset House in London.

    Motivated by questioning existing depictions of the North of England in fashion imagery, SHOWstudio editor Lou Stoppard and Manchester-based academic Adam Murray unite to unpick Northern identity, the effect of geographic space on creative output and the importance of place. North explores the way that the North is depicted, constructed and celebrated, bringing together collective visions of the region, unpicking themes that appear regularly in design and media.

    The exhibition features contemporary photography, fashion, and multimedia work, sitting alongside social documentary film and photography, highlighting how the realities of life in the north of England captured in the mid-20th century continue to influence new generations of photographers, artists and designers. It will feature pieces by Alasdair McLellan, Corinne Day, Mark Leckey, Jeremy Deller, Raf Simons, Paul Smith, Virgil Abloh, Peter Saville, Stephen Jones, Gareth Pugh, Nick Knight, Glen Luchford and Jamie Hawkesworth.

    The show also features seven films by SHOWstudio using Google street view technology. We invited contributors like stylist Thom Murphy, creative consultant Gary Aspden, and fashion deisgner Christopher Shannon to discuss their Northern upbringing with Lou Stoppard in a series of exclusive interviews. Revisit the project on SHOWstudio here.

    Visit North: Fashioning Identity at Somerset House from 8 November 2017 to 4 February 2018. Tickets will be available to purchase from September 2017. Find out more here.

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    Head to Head's round-up the season!
    Check out the latest Head to Head schedule

    To round up S/S 18 men’s collections and A/W 17 couture, creative consultant Mimma Viglezio and milliner Stephen Jones teamed up for our latest Head to Head series, to debate the trends emerging from each city.

    In contrast to the analytical nature of our panel discussions, Head to Head allows for a more provocative approach to fashion reportage. Our two industry professionals meet face-to-face to engage in a fast paced debate on each fashion week.

    Take a look at our launch schedule below:

    London: Wednesday July 19 17:00 BST

    Milan: Friday July 21 17:00 BST

    Paris: Sunday July 23 17:00 BST

    Couture: Wednesday July 26 15:00 BST

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    Autumn/Winter 2017 has officially arrived at the SHOWstudio x MACHINE-A online shop! Be the first to browse the latest arrivals, including new collections from the likes of ALYX and J.W.Anderson, and a fresh drop from Gosha Rubchinskiy!

    The womenswear offering includes the finest designer pieces of the season, including footwear from Maison Margiela, leather accessories by Fleet Ilya, limited edition t-shirts by Martine Rose and delicate jewellery by Beauton.

    For men, oversized jackets and jumpers by Raf Simons take centre stage, while Delada and Ambush offer relaxed suiting. Sportswear lovers will be drawn to Liam Hodges' superior silhouettes and a new range of t-shirts by Expert Horror x BaadNews. And don't miss the first drop to the SHOWstudio shop from streetwear legend Gosha Rubchinskiy!

    Explore our curated selection of garments and accessories for both Menswear and Womenswear while stocks last here.

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    Fashion Flora moves to Port Eliot festival

    SHOWstudio's Fashion Flora exhibition enters it's last day in London today, but you can still catch us at Port Eliot festival from Friday 27 July to Monday 30 July 2017!

    Port Eliot, located in Cornwall, is a four-day celebration of words, music, nature, food, and fashion. As part of the festival's ongoing creative collaborations continual exploration of creative industries, SHOWstudio will be hosting a pop-up gallery showcasing exclusive fashion illustrations and films that explore the use of flowers as a motif in fashion throughout history.

    Curated by world-renowned floral designer Flora Starkey in collaboration with Nick Knight, the exhibition invited artists from around the world to reimagine exceptional floral catwalk looks by the likes of Alexander McQueenValentinoDior and many more.

    During the festival, SHOWstudio will be also hosting live art master classes with selected illustrators from the exhibition, including Fiona GourlayJenifer Corker and Gill Button.

    Tickets for Port Eliot can be purchased here!

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    Nick Knight, Kylie Jenner and Anna Trevelyan unite for 'Sheer'.

    As part of SHOWstudio's continual exploration into showcasing the entire photographic process, Nick Knight united with stylist Anna Trevelyan and entrepreneur and TV reality star Kylie Jenner, on the 4 July 2017 for an editorial for V Magazine, entitled Sheer.

    Delving into understanding the change in the aspirational shape of the female form, Knight captures Jenner in a series of images that highlight her infamous figure and signature glamourous style. The day long photoshoot was streamed live on SHOWstudio, highlighting all aspects of the creative venture, including behind the scenes footage of styling, hair and makeup and exlusive stills from the shoot, broadcast in real time. 

    Stay tuned for the on-demand footage which will be available shortly. 

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    Marina Mika is our Paris Couture Illustrator for A/W 17!

    For Paris Haute Couture Week 2017, starting Sunday 2 July, fashion illustrator Marina Mika will be creating unique artworks for SHOWstudio interpreting couture looks straight from the catwalk.

    Marina Bitunjac is an illustrator with a degree in visual communication and graphic design. She was born in Croatia, in 1992 and is known by her illustrative (and social media) name Marina Mika.

    Her expertise is graphic ink illustration inspired by fashion and fairy tales. Her work features mostly on online blogs dedicated to contemporary art, such as The TAX Collection, Beautiful Bizarre Magazine and Designcollector. 

    You can see Mika's artist renderings as they come in from the Paris couture catwalk shows whilst she guest curates SHOWstudio's Tumblr, and follow our collections coverage to see the imagery alongside the runway looks.

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    Haute Couture A/W 17 Panel Schedule
    Our live panel line up for Paris Couture Week

    During Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week A/W 17, SHOWstudio will be hosting two live panel discussions on the shows that spark debate and the designers that push the boundaries. 

    This season, Lou Stoppard, Finn McTaggart and Mimma Viglezio chair panels alongside various industry experts on a range of issues currently affecting the fashion industry, all streamed live at either 11:00 or 17:00 BST.

    See the schedule below and tune into our Iris Van Herpen and Maison Margiela couture panels.

    Iris Van Herpen

    Monday 3 July 2017 at 12:00 BST 

    Topic: This panel debates van Herpen's role in pushing boundaries in fashion technology and celebrates the designer's ten-year anniversary.


    Mimma Viglezio, creative consultant

    Hilary Alexander, writer

    Niamh White, curator

    Jose Teunissen, writer

    Ariane Koek, producer

    Watch the panel discussion here.

    Maison Margiela

    Wednesday 5 July 2017 at 17:00 BST

    Topic: This panel focuses on the evolution of couture and contemporary craft.


    Lou Stoppard, editor

    Nick Knight, photographer

    Edward Meadham, designer

    Amy De la Haye, professor

    Anna Trevelyan, stylist

    Per Götesson, designer

    Watch the panel discussion here.

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    'Moving Kate' exhibition now open in Tokyo

    Moving Kate, SHOWstudio's exhibition showcasing artist renderings of Kate Moss' most memorable fashion moments, is now open to the public at The Mass Gallery in Tokyo after a successful showcase in London earlier this year.

    A selection of contemporary fashion illustrators and creatives have offered their own take on the runway and editorial looks of model Kate Moss, selected by the model herself and curated by SHOWstudio's Bex Cassie. 

    More than 40 original artworks from the likes of Jenifer CorkerUnskilled Worker and Rei Nadal are accompanied by footage of Moss from SHOWstudio's extensive archive. 

    The exhibition is held at The Mass, a space dedicated to the display of modern and contemporary art, located at 5-11-1 Jingumae, Shibuya-Ku, in Tokyo. Open from Friday 30 June - Monday 31 July 2017.

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    What do you want to know about Travis Scott?

    Travis Scott, world-renowned rapper and producer, is the latest cultural icon to be featured in our live one-on-one interview series!
    SHOWstudio Editor-at-Large Lou Stoppard will be posing questions to the fashion and music star, as he joins the likes of Kanye West, Lady Gaga, Kate Moss, Juergen Teller and Wolfgang Tillmans as a participant in our ongoing In Camera project.
    The In Camera series allows a global online audience, as well as Scott's peers and collaborators, to pose questions answered during a live and unedited broadcast. Head to SHOWstudio now to submit your questions for Scott and tune in at 12:00 BST 2 July 2017 for an in-depth exploration into his life, work and influences.

    You can submit your question here.

    While you wait, revisit Twisted, Nick Knight's collaboration with Travis Scott for the cover story of Numero Homme Magazine

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    MACHINE-A Celebrates Ken Doll with Archive Exhibition and Martine Rose T-Shirt!

    To celebrate Barbie’s THE NEW CREW release of fifteen diverse Ken dolls, MACHINE-A’s founder and buying director, Stavros Karelis, has curated an archive exhibition of Ken dolls that will go on display at the independent concept store.

    Hand selected by Karelis, the exhibition will include archive Ken dolls that pay tribute to the new range that offers over twenty different looks, three body types and four ethnicities Archive dolls will include the 1991 MC Hammer Ken, a 2009 Ken by Gareth Pugh, which features a miniature version of a patent leather coat from his A/W 09 menswear collection, as well as a 2011 Ken by Ambush among many more!

    The exhibition will be displayed alongside an exclusive T-shirt by Martine Rose that celebrates Ken’s origin with the designer graphic featuring an archive image from 1968, reworked in her own inimitable style.

    Head over to MACHINE-A from 7 July 2017 to see the retrospective exhibition!



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    FAMILY: A new collective of global creatives

    FAMILY is the name of a new collective of global creatives who have teamed together to launch a series of graphic tees launching this week at Paris Fashion Week.

    The project is fronted by Nic Jones, co-founder of Parisian collective Surface to Air, now of Canadian store Jonathan+Olivia, where the tees will be available, alongside Colette, from 24 June 2017. Proceeds from the sales will go to War Child - an independent charity whom are responsible for providing aid for children in areas experiencing conflict or it’s aftermath. A number of talent is involved, including; Off White's Virgil Abloh, ALYX's Matthew Williams, Common Good agency's Jamie Webster x Berkeley Poole, VICE TV chef Matty Matheson, Vexed Generation, NYC's Fraser Cook  - Nike x Kamilla Sun, Aritzia's Brian Hill, Graphic designer Pieter Ceizer, Cactus Plant Flea Market, Actor Dan Levy, NYC artist Mark Samsonovich and Surface to Air.

    In a time when there are those doing their best to polarise and terrify the world’s population, this project celebrates homogeny, finding beauty in youth and coming together as one to send a message; As FAMILY, we are always better together.

    Imagery shot by Pat O'Rourke.

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    SHOWstudio x Port Eliot Festival

    SHOWstudio's latest exhibition, Fashion Flora will be travelling to Port Eliot festival from Friday 27 July to Monday 30 July! As part of the festival's continual exploration into the creative industries, fusing the likes of art, fashion, flowers and music, SHOWstudio will be hosting a pop up gallery at the Orangerie.

    The exhibition will showcase bespoke fashion illustrations from Fashion Flora, originally shown at our gallery space at 22D Ebury Street. The exhibition captures some of the greatest floral catwalk moments as chosen by floral designer Flora Starkey. In tandem with Nick Knight, Starkey allocated these moments to our community of artists to re-intepret the looks in their unique stylings. Exceptional floral looks by the likes of Alexander McQueen, Valentino, Dior and many more will be on show.

    In addition to the exhibition, SHOWstudio will be hosting live art master classes with the exceptionally talented illustrators Fiona Gourlay, Jenifer Corker and Gill Button

    Follow SHOWstudio on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for live coverage of the festival!

    Tickets to attend the Port Eliot can be purchased here.

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    François-Henri Galland is our Paris Menswear illustrator for S/S 18!

    As part of our extensive collections coverage, every season SHOWstudio collaborates with artists and fashion illustrators to depict the season's offering. A different artist illustrates key looks from each city. Following on from Sally Bourke and Crystal W.M. Chan, renowned artist François-Henri Galland will be interpreting the shows for Paris Fashion Week Men's S/S 18.

    Galland grew up in Madagascar and now works and lives in Paris. He began focusing on ink portraits a decade ago, using Chinese tools as his medium, transitioning into watercolours.

    Galland's work seeks to convey emotion and gesture, with as few marks and details as possible, capturing the essence of his subject impeccably.

    Be sure to keep an eye on the SHOWstudio Tumblr to see this imagery as it is created, as well as our collections coverage to see the art and catwalk inspiration side by side. 

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    Crystal w.m. Chan is our Milan Menswear Illustrator for S/S 18!

    As part of our extensive collections coverage, every season SHOWstudio collaborates with artists and fashion illustrators to depict the season's offering. A different artist illustrates key looks from each city. These unique artworks will be available to purchase on our e-store soon after.

    Our Milan Menswear S/S 18 illustrator is Crystal w.m. Chan! Chan was born in Macau, a former Portuguese colony in China but is currently based in New York. Since 2012 she has been exploring her self taught craft and has featured in exhibitions in Macau, Hong Kong, Singapore, San Francisco and New York.

    Her signature style exhibits heavy influences from her Chinese heritage, often reworking elements of her native caligraphy into watercolour. Her aim is to provoke elicit emotions with those who view her pieces, through the direct, honest and autobiographical nature of the work.

    Be sure to keep an eye on the SHOWstudio Tumblr to see this imagery as it is created, as well as our collections coverage to see the art and catwalk inspiration side by side. 

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    Royal College of Art MA 2017

    MA shows are visual declarations from brilliant minds, an option for the industry to tap the keg of youth and its innovative, fresh ideas. For 2017, on election day - a day filled with news, media hysteria and an abundance of stuffy suits in the public eye - the RCA presented a remedial slap of refreshingly energetic talent and style. Shown across three floors of the Old Truman Brewery, this presentation was a declaration of politics, race and gender. 
    First up was Zahra Sooty Hosseini, whose modern Iran-inspired pieces were entirely interchangeable. Sat centre stage in a pool of Sooty’s designs while the fashion pack took their seats, the models rose to show the versatility of the garments as a call to prayer rang overhead - dress transformed into prayer mat, prayer mat into slick hooded suit, suit into cape and back into mat for the models to pray. Particularly pertinent considering the recent attacks, Sooty’s work is a reminder about the way Islam is so often misconceived in the western world. 
    The gong of call to prayer became a singing fog horn as Michael Stewart’s ladies of the moor stepped out. Cut on the bias, Stewart’s designs are all about drawing the eye to the hip. Henry Moore inspired hand-made wrist and waist cuffs hugged the body and drew attention further to those sumptuous lines. One thought of sculpture, of Heathcliff and of Hans Bellmer. In a world of Kardashian silhouettes, Michael Stewart offers a beautiful alternative. 
    Innovative knitwear from Verity Germer challenged our comfort zones with thick and thin ribbed sleeves and oversized pinch pleat shoulder, Aubrey Wang’s fishbowl head ornaments, silver trousers and plastic bag stripes nodded to a fun future of fashion with a nineties twist, Colin Horgan’s Tekken and Gladiator inspired women came in iridescent and holographic patent strips and black oversized flares, showing the viewer his women are ready to take on the world and Jennifer Koch’s vivacious models danced and sprang about the stage in their shimmering candy coloured metallic tracksuits, throwing fortune cookies toward the audience. (Each of which cleverly had Jennifer’s contact within.) Amongst all the fantasy and frivolity these designs shone as covetable and marketable items.
    Fabien Kis-Juhasz took a torch to the generic horror film female stereotypes and gave them a new club-kid lease of life. Debutante was given a boozy twist with slurred make-up and nipple accessory, Grandma (retitled as The Anarchic Mother) was given chunky extra-prominent shoulders and a soft pink headscarf and the final bride came with a stomp in her buxom breasted gown complete with waxen lingerie accessories. A wonderful deconstruction of femininity as a construct. 
    From female empowerment to manipulated menswear, Charlotte McDonald’s denim and parka-like visions had the front row leering over toe to get a better look at her techniques. McDonald had used radio frequency welding to create her distressed and structured jackets and trouser - each of which looked to challenge the way masculinity is represented.
    When roaming through the upper and lower floors, creativity seemed to appear from each corner as if course leader Zowie Broach had created a Willy Wonka Factory for arts and fashion. Up top, viewers were entranced by Binbin Hu’s conjoined models, each attached with a white or cream lightly ribbed dress. One thought of Ernesto Neto’s sculptures as models moved and swayed creating new shapes and shadows as they nonchalantly wagged cigarettes and vapes from fingers. 
    Down below in the basement, Abbie Stirrup's performance saw models coated in neon slime, creating second-skin body suits in dripped neons and deep purples. Her ‘tailored gunge’ an impressive design feat. 
    Back on ground floor, the topical themes and designs were abound. Bianca Saunders sought to define modern black masculinity with her collection ‘Personal Politics’. Bathed in a rose glow, her models carried each other in a ceremonial manner, each wearing her already highly-praised designs - lacquered beige kick flares, grey sweatpants with coral like crimping on each hip and strapped puffer jacket and crop. Ellie Rousseau’s Manchester club-kids came in rave-coloured, checkerboard and graffiti print oversized knits and jean with some models sporting Manchester’s bee symbol on their hands - particularly poignant considering the recent attacks. Models also held up political banners that read ‘Corbyn In, Tories Out’ and ‘Save our Future’ - reminding us of the uncertain times ahead.
    Each student, thanks to Broach’s tutelage, presented a truly wonderful presentation of craft and performance that emblazoned each student’s passion and awareness. Each offering was a finger on the pulse moment showing an impressive and deserved sense of confidence. 
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