Fashion Flora

12 May23 May 2017

Fashion Flora presents an explorative look at the use of flowers as a motif in fashion throughout the decades, as seen by a selection of SHOWstudio's network of contemporary fashion illustrators. Depicted garments have been hand-selected by Flora Starkey, one of the most exciting floral designers working today, and date back as far the 1880s.

The illustrations, which range in style and medium, showcase an array of bulbs or blooms and play tribute to the many designers who have consistently reworked and reconsidered the flower. Pieces by Alexander McQueen, Dries Van Noten and John Galliano, alongside many others, are celebrated. Like these designers, Nick Knight is known for his love of flowers, notably roses, as shown in Knight's hand-applied pigment print 'Rose IX' (2012) on display here. Films from SHOWstudio’s 17-year archive are also exhibited, showcasing a continuation of this mutual interest. Alongside these digital and painterly blooms, real British flowers and plants feature, as arranged by Starkey.

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Previous Exhibitions

Exhibition

Nick Knight: Flora

11 October — 21 December 2012
For the past three decades Nick Knight has defined the cultural vision of a generation. Consistently challenging conventional notions of beauty, Knight reinterpreted the boundaries of contemporary fashion photography.
Exhibition

Florist

10 September — 13 December 2010
SHOWstudio's exhibition Florist, was dedicated to the still life and included major works by Guy Bourdin, Daniel Brown, Michael Howells, Nick Knight, Jeffry Mitchell and Mary Temple.
Exhibition

Headdress

12 March — 03 April 2010
Examining the modern sculptural presence of this time-honored trend, the SHOWstudio Shop brought together a variety of theatrical headgear by five contemporary milliners.