Halloween is finally upon us, and what a relief. After the past year and a half, we're in dire need of some escapism and fake scares – not real ones! Below, we've compiled five of SHOWstudio's spookiest projects, from Isamaya Ffrench's downloadable Halloween masks to a shoot featuring macabre Instagram duo Fecal Matter.
Read on to discover five of SHOWstudio's most cursed projects.
In the mood for some spooky fashion images? Look no further than Fear & Clothing, a fanzine from fashion historian Liberty McAnena that draws unlikely historical and thematic connections between macabre fashion images. There's Glen Luchford's frosty The Shining-inspired Prada A/W 1997 campaign, the viral mugshot of 'hot convict' Jeremy Meeks, Linda Evangelista going under the knife for Steven Meisel's notorious 'Makeover Madness' Vogue Italia editorial, and a photo of 'Soho Grifter' Anna Delvey in a black Zara dress and Céline glasses, handcuffed in court. The zine is sold out for now, but McAnena's Instagram is a treasure trove of twisted images from the realms of fashion, film and art.
If you're in need of a last-minute Halloween costume, Isamaya Ffrench has got you covered. Back in 2015, the iconic makeup artist created a series of freaky Halloween masks for SHOWstudio. Simply download the patterns for free, print them out, attach some string and you're all good to go.
'It happened with Joaquin when he first tried on his Joker suit,' says Mark Bridges. 'He started to move his hips and strut around differently. And I knew I was onto something. That’s when I feel like, "This is why I'm here."' After Bridges was nominated at the 2020 Oscars for Best Costume Design for Joker, Bella Gladman spoke with the legendary American costume designer about his long working relationship with Paul Thomas Anderson, the transformative power of a coloured sock and much more.
Every day is Halloween for Steven Raj Bhaskaran and Hannah Rose Dalton, the duo behind the infamous Instagram and brand Fecal Matter; the Montreal-based pair present an alternative to restrictive beauty standards via their gothic, otherworldly lewks. Back in 2017, Nick Knight shot the pair in their own garments for CHAOS 69 – a perfect moodboard for the upcoming holiday season.
Our list wouldn't be complete without a fashion film. For Halloween in 2015, Veuve Clicquot tapped Nick Knight to curate an immersive event in Holborn featuring spooky films, artworks and performances. His own contribution? The Face of a Dying Dog, a black-and-white spookfest narrated by Rupert Friend, with references to cult horror stories and bits of folklore.