Nick Knight Shoots the Cover of Vogue China March 2020

by SHOWstudio on 13 February 2020

Chinese megastar Chris Lee is surrounded by illustrations by artist Rob Unett on the fashion title's March 2020 cover.

Chinese megastar Chris Lee is surrounded by illustrations by artist Rob Unett on the fashion title's March 2020 cover.

Vogue China called upon Nick Knight to create their March 2020 cover, featuring the singer, actress and fashion muse Chris Lee.

The shoot was created in collaboration with the artist Rob Unett, who has been creating fashion illustrations for SHOWstudio since 2018. To create the images, Lee stood in a Perspex box and Rob Unett painted onto the surface, decorating around her and bringing the image into the realm of 3D. Nick Knight then captured Lee through the decorated Perspex, filtering the image through the designs of both Unett and Knight.

In the cover, Chris Lee stares out from behind the flourishes of paint and colour inscribed by Unett on the set designed by Andrew Tomlinson. Her make-up, by Val Garland, is minimal and sleek - the pink of her lipstick is picked up on by Unett who adds lines of red.

Chris Lee, real name Li Yuchan, is a Chinese singer, actress and songwriter who came to fame when she won Super Girl, China's answer to The X Factor, in 2005. She is hailed as China's biggest pop star, her 2016 album Growing Wild selling three million copies in its first 16 days on sale (far outstripping Beyonce's Lemonade, which sold just under a million copies in its first two weeks on sale). Alongside her recording career, Lee has also flirted with the fashion world, starring in Riccardo Tisci's Givenchy A/W 15 campaign, also appearing in the Business of Fashion 500 that year. Currently, Chris Lee is also a brand ambassador for both Gucci and Diesel, releasing a capsule collection for the latter in 2017.

Vogue China's March edition will be published on 10 March 2020. A behind the scenes film will be released soon, so stay close to gain access into the innovative shoot.

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Val Garland

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Rob Unett

Rob Unett is a UK-based artist and image maker.