Lou Stoppard is SHOWstudio's Editor and a freelance writer, curator and broadcaster. She is a Contributing Editor at GQ and writes regularly for titles including Vogue and The Financial Times.
Stoppard is particularly known for her interviews and has conducted written and video conversations with the likes of Wolfgang Tillmans, Kanye West, Philip Treacy, Stephen Jones, Sir Paul Smith, Bryan Ferry, David Sims and Peter Lindbergh, amongst many others.
Stoppard also works as a freelance moderator and chair. She regularly collaborates with the V&A on their talks and events programs. She teaches and guest lectures at Central Saint Martins and the London College of Fashion.
In 2016, Stoppard curated Mad About The Boy, at Fashion Space Gallery in London. The exhibition focused on fashion's obsession with and portrayal of the teenage boy and featured work by Larry Clark, Glen Luchford, Raf Simons, Gosha Rubchinskiy, Kim Jones, Nick Knight and Meadham Kirchhoff. Her latest exhibition, an exploration of the influence of the North of England on visual culture, co-curated with Adam Murray, opened at Open Eye Gallery in Liverpool in January 2017 and will tour to Somerset House in London in November 2017 to Feburary 2018. Stoppard has co-edit an accompanying catalogue. Both featured work by the likes of Shirley Baker, David Sims, Alice Hawkins, Ingrid Pollard, Alasdair McLellan, Jamie Hawkesworth, Humphrey Spender, Michelle Sank, Peter Saville and Jason Evans.
Stoppard's debut book, Fashion Together, was published by Rizzoli in October 2017. It focuses on fashion's most interesting and fruitful creative relationships and features interviews with the likes of Vivienne Westwood, Marc Jacobs, Mert & Marcus, Inez & Vinoodh, Rick Owens and Riccardo Tisci. It times with an exhibition of the same name, curated by Stoppard, at Fashion Space Gallery.
Stoppard has contributed to a variety of publications and books, including Glen Luchford's The Agony and the Ecstasy. She has produced papers for the British Council, sits on the advisory board for the AHRC-funded Archaeology of Fashion Film and is a patron of Studio Voltaire.
Stoppard completed her undergraduate degree at Oxford University, earning a first class BA in History, before moving to Central Saint Martins College to pursue a Master's degree in Fashion Journalism.
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