Killer Heels

Launched on 10 September 2014

Nick Knight's film, La Douleur Exquise was one of six short films inspired by high heels specially commissioned for Brooklyn Museum's Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe exhibition. The fashion film features a specially-made, one-of-a-kind pair of glass shoes made by footwear designer Georgina Goodman. The glass slipper in fairytales has become a leitmotif for the painful pursuit of love. It is a symbol that embodies both profound beauty and implicit violence. While at first glance incredibly seductive, the shoe is uncomfortable to wear and presents the constant peril that the glass will smash and sever the skin. The film plays with this fetishistic emblem, creating a story of extreme fragility and danger. Passion, tension, hardship and discomfort are all themes that underly this exploration of shoes.

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Compulsive Viewing: The Films Of Guy Bourdin

17 April 2003
Discover the moving image work of Guy Bourdin; eleven fashion films edited from never-before-seen archival footage and showcased exclusively by SHOWstudio.
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Viktor&Rolf

08 October 2003
SHOWstudio took an exclusive sneak peek inside Viktor&Rolf's Musee de la Mode et du Texile exhibition ahead of the opening night.
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Dream the World Awake

13 September 2011
Walter Van Beirendonck’s avant-garde archive is immortalised for his 2011 Antwerp Fashion Museum retrospective in this larger than life project.
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