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    Alba Hodsoll's show 'PoV' at Cob Gallery

    Last night, young British artist Alba Hodsoll opened her show 'PoV' at the Cob Gallery, 25 Royal College Street. Curated by SHOWstudio contributor Dominic Jones and founder of GIRLS ONLY Antonia Marsh, the show explores perspective, the representation of the nude form and the question of anonymity in intimacy.  

    'PoV' borrows its title from an acronym that describes a genre of pornography in which sexual acts are filmed and watched from the point of view of one partner. Lit by imposing red bulbs, the works explore scenes of sexual activity, a concept that becomes apparent only with a shift of perspective. Hodsoll creates limbs, genitals and juicy flanks through rounded areas of colour and fluid lines implying negation of space. Distorting the relationship between viewer and subject, the pieces force the viewer into a narcissistic self-comparison with the work. 

    The show features both large scale canvases and delicate minute works on linen, board, paper or leather. The red 'Sold' dots peppered the walls of the gallery at the Private View last night, a clear indication that people want a piece of 'PoV'. Hodsoll maintains a presence in her work. Her heavily cropped and zoomed-in sex scenes can’t help but lead one to wonder where the artist is viewing the scene and who precisely is present, inspiring an inevitable voyeuristic interest in not only the works, but their creator as well.

    ‘PoV’ is open at the Cob Gallery from 9 – 25 February 2017. 

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    6/02/2017: Don't miss this week's launches!

    This week marks the start of Womenswear A/W 17. With NYFW starting this Thursday, don’t miss our selection of curated social media content and catwalk imagery on our Collections page

    Stay tuned for the launch of the latest instalment of our Hospital Rooms series! This Wednesday 8 February, SHOWstudio’s Editorial Assistant Lara Johnson-Wheeler's interview with artist Michael O’Reilly launches. Explore the selection of interviews and get to know the artists promotes the improved wellbeing of mental health service users. 

    Genuine Leather, a new Fashion Film Submission launches this Thursday 9 February! Want to feature on SHOWstudio? Visit our submissions page for the chance to have your work considered.

    This Friday, 10 February, the latest instalment of our Subjective series launches. Watch Nick Knight interview Pat Cleveland about being drawn by fashion illustrator Antonio Lopez!

    Our Live Panel Discussions return this week! As a part of our comprehensive Collections coverage, tune in this Saturday 11 February at 15:00 GMT to watch our panelists discuss Calvin Klein and Raf Simons' first collection for the brand!

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    30/01/2017: Coming up for the first week of February 2017

    This week starts with an exclusive launch from SHOWstudio’s Gallery! Don’t miss our gallery’s walkthrough as it explores our new exhibition Drawing From The Archive, Monday at 15:00 GMT! Our Gallery is open 22D Ebury Street, Monday-Friday 10:30-18:00. Drop us a visit and browse through our artwork!

    A new Fashion Film Submission launches this Tuesday! Watch this space! If you want your work to be considered, visit our submissions page.

    Our Live Panel Discussions are back! Chaired by Lou Stoppard, our New York Menswear panel will be discussing Raf Simons and his new collection. Tune in this Thursday 2 February at 13:00 GMT to watch.

    Later this week, as part of our Subjective series, Winnie Harlow talks about MSN's 'The One' Music Video. Don’t miss it, this Friday 3 February at 15:00 GMT! 

    Plus! Stay updated on our collections coverage! New York Fashion Week Men’s starts Wednesday 1 January, so keep a look out for our show reports, catwalk imagery, fashion illustration and curated social media! 

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    Couture S/S 17 kicks off today! Keep up to date with our collections coverage!

    Our first Live Panel Discussion on Maria Grazia Chiuri’s first couture offering as the first female head designer for Dior airs today, Monday 23 January at 14:30 GMT! Join our panelists as they discuss the collection in realtime!  We will also be hosting Live Panel Discussions later in the week; Wednesday 25 January at 11:00 GMT will see the offering from Vetements dissected and Valentino’s show will be analysed at 11:00 GMT on Thursday 26 January. Tune in and join the debate!

    Suzy Platt is interpreting the Haute Couture collections with her unique fashion illustrations! Follow her take on the looks via the SHOWstudio Tumblr

    Alongside Platt’s illustrations, Marta Represa is our roving reporter, covering couture S/S 17. Visit our 'Collections' page to catch her reports! 

    We are also launching two brand new fashion films this week! Nick Knight’s fashion film in collaboration with Beats 'New Space', launches Tuesday 24 January and explores virtual collage and manipulation of creative space.

    On Friday 26 January, we are launching a fashion film from jeweller extraordinaire Shaun Leane, entitled '18 Woodstock Street' after the designer’s base in Mayfair. 

    SHOWstudio needs you to help us improve our site! Take part in our survey and you could win a selection of prizes including signed Nick Knight books or £100 to spend at SHOWstudio/MACHINE-A!

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    Paris Menswear A/W 17 Live Panel Discussions Schedule

    Paris Menswear A/W 17 is underway! See our Paris A/W 17 panel schedule below:


    Balenciaga 18 January 2017 at 11.00 GMT

    Guest Chair: Anastasiia Fedorova


    Creative consultant, Mimma Viglezio

    Writer, Dino Bonacic

    Designer, Dasha Selyanova


    Walter Van Beirendonck 18 January 2017 at 16.30 GMT

    Guest Chair: Anastasiia Fedorova 


    Designer, Rory Parnell-Mooney

    Curator, Ben Whyman

    Editor, Olya Kuryshchuk

    Fashion historian, Nathalie Khan


    Yohiji Yamamoto 19 January 2017 at 17.30 GMT

    Guest Chair: Finn Mactaggart

    Student Panelists:

    UCA, Deane Bean

    UCA, Bradley Meller

    Westminster, Roman Hoering

    RCA, Elizabeth Vale

    LCF, Peng Tai


    Comme Des Garcons 20 January at 17.00 GMT

    Guest Chair: Anastasiia Fedorova

    Panelists: TBC 

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    Emma Larsson is our Paris Menswear A/W 17 Illustrator

    We are in the midst of the Paris Menswear A/W 17 shows. Our illustrator for this season is Emma Larsson! 

    Emma Larsson is based in based in Stockholm. Larsson's work investigates the boundary between melanchony and coloursitic dreamscapes.

    Head over to the SHOWstudio Tumblr to see her illustrations of the A/W 17 collections.


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    'Drawing From The Archive' is open!

    Last night, our new space at 22D Ebury Street opened its doors to friends and family to introduce our latest exhibition, Drawing From The Archive.

    Continuing Nick Knight's championing of fashion illustration, this exhibition surveys SHOWstudio’s 17-year archive, showcasing artworks that challenge conventional understandings of the medium. Animations, film and footage from live broadcasts are displayed alongside original pieces by a selection of SHOWstudio’s community of over fifty artists, including the likes of Jenifer CorkerUnskilled Worker and Carylann Loeppky.

    Come by and explore the exhibition and our new space! Open from 10:00am-6:00pm, Monday to Friday. All illustrations are available to browse and buy


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    16/01/2017: Don't miss this week's launches!

    Milan Menswear A/W 17 is in full swing! 
    Nataša Kekanović is interpreting the Milan Menswear shows! Head to our Tumblr to see her illustrations! (Image attached is Kekanović's interpretation of Marni.)
    Alongside Kekanović's illustrations, Lucy Norris is our roving reporter, covering the Milan Menswear shows. Visit our 'Collections' page to catch her reports!
    On Tuesday this week, SHOWstudio's exhibition Drawing from the Archive will open. Stop by to browse our impressive selection of fashion illustrations!
    Plus later this week, on Wednesday 18 January (the beginning of Paris Fashion Week) we will be hosting two Live Panel Discussions; Balenciaga at 11:00 GMT and Walter Van Beirendonck at 15:30 GMT. 
    Our panel discussions continue on Thursday 19 January. Tune in to watch our panel discuss Yohji Yamamoto at 16:30 GMT. 
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    SHOWstudio needs you! Help us improve our site with this survey

    SHOWstudio needs you! Help us improve our site with this survey!

    What do you think of SHOWstudio? We're looking to improve and upgrade our site and want to know more about our viewers. 

    By taking part in our survey you could win a prize! Choose from a Nick Knight book bundle, £100 to spend at SHOWstudio/MACHINE-A or a tour of SHOWstudio including watching a live-stream or interview. 

    Thanks from SHOWstudio

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    Watch Gary Aspden's 'North' Interview play at Claire de Rouen

    To coincide with the launch of North: Identity, Photography, Fashion at the Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool, SHOWstudio launched an interview with brand consultant and self-proclaimed trainer obsessive Gary Aspden.

    The interview sees Aspden discuss his early teenage years and sportswear as a symbol of aspiration. 'I loved Armani at that time because the logo had the same initials as mine,' says Aspden.

    Over the next three days you can pop into Soho bookstore Claire de Rouen where the interview will be screening! Thanks to Lucy Moore


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    Don't miss this week's launches!

    Menswear A/W 17 is waving London goodbye, but there is still many exciting things yet to happen here at SHOWstudio!

    Our LFWM live panel discussions on Wales BonnerJ.W. Anderson and Vivienne Westwood, each discussed a range of influential topics including gender fluidity, punk and runway diversity. All panel discussions can all be viewed as part of our collections coverage. Plus! Congratulations to Finn Mactaggart and Anastasiia Fedorova on their first panels of the season as our guest chairs.

    Over on our Tumblr, we have illustrator Lara Mackenzie Lee interpreting the London Menswear Shows, such as Phoebe English and Craig Green.

    This Tuesday, as part of our Subjective series, Guinevere Van Seenus is discussing her role in Rei Nadal's 2016 fashion film The Fall of the Corset.

    Later this week, we'll be hosting a Gosha Rubchinskiy Live Panel Discussion, chaired by Anastasiia Fedorova. Tune in Thursday 12 January 11:00 GMT to watch.

    We will also be covering Milan Menswear A/W 17 from Friday 13 January! Follow our collections coverage and don’t miss our Prada Live Panel Discussion on 15 Sunday 17:00 GMT, chaired by Lou Stoppard

    Also, you can still enter our Design Download competition! Just download our exclusive pattern from Simone Rocha’s S/S 14 collection and you can win an illustration by Fiona Gourlay!
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    Our A/W 17 London Menswear Illustrator is Lara Mackenzie Lee!

    Our first A/W 17 fashion week illustrator is Lara Mackenzie Lee!  As this season kicks off, make sure you don't miss any of her London Menswear illustrations.

    Lara Mackenzie Lee is based in London. Having studied Fashion Communication with Promotion at Central Saint Martins, Lee's art work focuses on abstraction and surrealism. Lee has previously worked for Stella McCartney, Erdem and Selfridges and has interned at SHOWstudio.

    Head to the SHOWstudio Tumblr to see her illustrations of the A/W 17 collections! 



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    SHOWstudio's London Menswear A/W 17 schedule

    Menswear A/W 17 is in full swing!

    The SHOWstudio team are thrilled to announce that this season, alongside Lou Stoppard, we will have two exciting new guest chairs for our live panel discussions, Finn MacTaggart and Anastasiia Fedorova!

    Lou Stoppard will be reviewing the shows as usual, alongside freelance journalist Rebecca Gonsalves.

    See our London A/W 17 panel schedule below: 

    J.W. Anderson 8 January 2017 11:45 GMT.

    Guest chair Anastasiia Fedorova


    Writer, Rosie Wallin

    Writer, Hettie Judah

    Editor, Jana Melkumova-Reynolds 

    and Director of MACHINE-A Stavros Karelis 


    Wales Bonner 8 January 2017 19:00 GMT.

    Guest chair Finn Mactaggart 


    Photographer, Campbell Addy

    Designer, Tschan Andrews

    Designer, Nicholas Daley 

    and Musician Thomas Cohen 


    Vivienne Westwood 9 January 2017 14:00 GMT.

    Guest chair Finn Mactaggart


    Artist, Zoe Sidel

    Artist, Sussi 

    and Princess Julia

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    North launches at the Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool tonight!

    North: Identity, Photography, Fashion, co-curated by SHOWstudio Editor-at-Large Lou Stoppard and academic Adam Murray, opens tonight at the Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool.  To celebrate the launch, we are proud to present two brand new interviews as part of our rolling series North.

    Liverpudlian stylist Thom Murphy and Blackburn-born brand consultant Gary Aspden each discuss their personal perspectives on the influence street culture, music and sport have had on representations of Northern identity in fashion and fashion imagery. Set to visuals created by SHOWstudio interns Tom Zambaz and Chiara Broggi using a mix of sourced archive footage and modern technologies, the films provide a visual journey, exploring both place and time. 

    Can't make it to Liverpool tonight? Watch the films here and learn more about the process of the exhibition with Murray's Tumblr Take-over, featuring a selection of his research imagery.

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