Sans Couture

Launched on 01 August 2014

A/W 14's finest haute couture is captured in unconventional fashion in a collaboration between Nick Knight, Chanel’s Amanda Harlech and The Independent’s Alexander Fury. The editorial, which appeared The Independent, is inspired by Karl Lagerfeld’s preoccupation with ‘sans couture’ - literally without sewing - and focuses on veiling, wrapping and unwrapping the body. Mirroring the ‘sans couture’ concept, Elena Sudakova (a model famed for her flexibility and contortion abilities) and dancer Olivia Cowley push their bodies beyond ordinary limits to showcase the most unusual haute fashion from houses such as Giambattista Valli, Jean Paul Gaultier, Valentino, Chanel, Schiaparelli, Margiela, Dior, Armani and Versace.

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The Elegant Universe

15 May 2014
Nick Knight and couture doyenne Lady Amanda Harlech unite with model and physics scholar Alexia Wight for a shoot that explores the mathematics of beauty.
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Make Up Your Mind

11 December 2008
We shine a spotlight on one of the most uncanny pieces of the S/S 09 collections; Maison Martin Margiela’s ‘Wig Coat’.
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Object Fetish 2011

19 September 2011
A project laying bare the underlying themes and motivations behind our sartorial fixations.