Since burlesque beauties first burst on the Vaudeville stage in the 1880s, cross-dressing torch singers lit up silver screens in the 1930s and glam rockers bent gender distinctions in the 1970s, fashion has defined the appearance and character of every important moment in musical history. And in turn, fashion continues to draw on that heady heritage for inspiration season after season.
To celebrate the inextricable link between musical performance and fashion exhibitionism, SHOWstudio and Swarovski are partnering on Fashion DJs: an ambitious, three-day music and fashion event to be held at the legendary Abbey Road Studios on 9, 10 and 11 July 2008. Fashion DJs will be broadcast live on SHOWstudio.com and swarovskisparkles.tv and also transmitted via radio for London listeners, on 87.7FM.
Nick Knight and the team invited a number of very special fashion creatives and personalities to be a 'Fashion DJ'. Each will host a 'set', incorporating a selection of music and chat, as well as invited musical and art performances of the Fashion DJs' choosing.
Guest Fashion DJs, including Naomi Campbell, Gareth Pugh, Stephen Jones, Jefferson Hack and Bella Freud, guaranteed a visual spectacle as well as an audio feast - and footage from the entire three-day live broadcast from Abbey Road was edited into a unique film documenting this whirlwind one-off event in fifteen minutes flat.