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  1. by Nick Knight .

    Lou Stoppard

    There are so many reasons I love running SHOWstudio but one of the main ones is being surrounded every day by intelligent, enthusiastic and forward thinking people. To be honest, there is nothing in this world I find as exciting as the sheer brilliance of the human mind and I have had the joy and the privilege to have created a platform for some of the most brilliant minds in fashion to express themselves.

    Lou arrived at SHOWstudio six years ago and like all our interns do, had a mind bubbling over with opinions and ideas.

    She had a sparkle in her eye and a quickness to offer a solution to any problem, which is testament to the amazing speed at which this young woman thinks. A trait I would constantly marvel at and which would become so invaluable to me over the coming years as she rose to become SHOWstudio’s editor, following on from great minds such Alice Rawsthorne, Penny Martin and Alex Fury.

    It is true to say I have only met a few people in my life who are capable of such instant problem solving and seem to have an ability to process information and arrive at the solution a long time before the rest of us can even start to catch up.

    Alexander McQueen and Kanye West shared this particularly impressive trait and it is of no surprise to me that one of Lou’s greatest interviews on SHOWstudio is the InCamera interview with Kanye. Broadcast live, unscripted and two hours long it is in my opinion, one of the finest pieces of conversation you can find anywhere on the internet.

    Having Lou at the helm of SHOWstudio felt at times as if I had tethered an Apollo rocket to the mast of our sail powered galleon. Her energy would propel SHOWstudio at huge speed across oceans of problems and nearly always safely to the new and unexplored continents.

    We achieved more in a shorter space of time than I ever dared to think we could.Of course it wasn’t always plain sailing, there were times when travelling at such speed can be dangerous for all on board. 

    It was also six years ago when I decided to introduce a way of covering the fashion collections that had never been done before. This is to have a panel discussion made up of fashion experts (journalists, art directors, buyers, photographers, lecturers and so on ) all talking, totally uncensored, about the fashion shows. These panels of six or so guests are broadcast live much in the same way we are used to seeing TV coverage of a sports event such as football, rugby, the Olympics and so on. 

    I set SHOWstudio up to provide a platform for free speech in an industry that far too often seems scared to offer any real criticism of the collections and doesn't dare to go against the PRs and press of the big fashion brands, no doubt in the fear that the publications they work for would lose their advertising revenue. All too often, people were very reluctant to openly speak their minds publicly, but privately would be very vocal about the merits, or lack thereof, in a particular designer's collection.

    I therefore needed someone who could make invited panelists feel relaxed and excited and want to be part of an intelligent, informed and passionate discussion about fashion.I didn’t want someone who was just going to be mean or negative for the sake of it, but someone who would instead offer a critical forum, much like all the other arts have, and which benefits the artists as much as the audience and the art form itself. I needed my first real fashion broadcasting star.  I also wanted a firebrand, who would grasp this opportunity to speak their mind on the issues we both felt passionately about. In Lou I found someone who indeed echoed my burning sense of the many injustices within the fashion industry, such as the shocking lack of racial diversity or the proposed image of women that all to often conforms to male stereotypes.It was a risk to put such responsibility on the shoulders of someone so new and unproven, but I am a great believer in offering people a place to shine and Lou did exactly that!

    It is worth going back and looking at her first panel broadcast just to see what a natural she is. It was one of the best decisions I have made and hundreds (literally) of panels later she is still a joy to watch.

    It didn’t take much of a leap of imagination for me to realise that this natural born broadcaster would also be perfect for SHOWstudio’s vast agenda of interviews.Over the years I have probably been interviewed by Lou more than any other person, so I can tell you it is a rare and special pleasure. 

    Her questions are witty and incisive but also honest - they come from a real desire to understand and feed her insatiable hunger for knowledge. People shine under her eager, inquisitive and probing mind as she makes you feel intelligent and interesting and that itself makes for great interviews.

    It is also this hunger for knowledge that would create some very memorable series on SHOWstudio, such as Girly, or Unseen McQueen. Lou would clearly relish her part in bringing together these huge multi faceted series that are as brimming with fantastic factual research as they are full of jewels of perceptive insight and unique first hand accounts into otherwise closed worlds. I could set Lou a task, such as making a clear timeline of Punk (probably one of the most disputed and argued about cultural movements!) and she would take my breath away each time with her ability to untie complex knots of meaning and give a solution that is exceptionally rational as well as exciting.

    With any long relationship there are of course funny, unplanned and private moments which I will always remember and cherish enormously.Wether it was her absolute joy and amusement at my social faux pas, such as the unintentional shorthand of sending an email to the head of Chanel press, inadvertently sent leaving the subject as 'email Chanel woman', or indeed the time she poured me a full glass of vodka believing it to be water which I downed in one gulp before I had to walk on stage at the British Fashion awards to accept my Lifetime achievement award - this sudden influx of alcohol being all the more potent as I do not drink!

    So after six years at SHOWstudio and 4 of those as our editor, Lou is moving on to new challenges in her life. However after knowing her all these years, what drives Lou is still unclear to me, but she is still so young in her journey that it would be foolish to try and even guess the final destination. What I do know is that in getting there she will display a brilliance that is seldom seen in the often too dull skies of the new media world we are creating.


    Lou, you are in my opinion the best example I know of a shooting star.
    Thank you for lighting up SHOWstudio with your passion.

     
    Nick Knight 
     

     

     
  2. by Lou Stoppard .

    Lou Stoppard's farewell

    Today is my last day at SHOWstudio. It’s impossible to know what to write. In part, this post must be a thanks, to the many, many people who’ve helped me over my time here. In part, it’s also a reflection on 6 wonderful years, filled with challenges and highs.

    I joined SHOWstudio as Associate Editor aged 21. I was one term into an MA at Central Saint Martins and I spent the next year juggling a full time job alongside my studies. I’d spent about 6 months as an intern under the site’s then Fashion Director Alex Fury. Alex decided to leave to edit LOVE, and for a reason I will never quite understand, Nick offered me a job. I think the intention was to hire someone more senior to work alongside me - I was simply there to keep the site ticking along - but week by week, interview by interview, panel by panel, it became clear that that person was never coming and that Nick, in his signature fashion for being trusting and empowering, was going to give me a shot to prove myself. I went on to become Fashion Editor, Editor and later Editor-at-large. There are many people who owe their career in fashion to Nick - he’s kickstarted things for Penny Martin, Craig McDean, Ruth Hogben, Solve Sundsbo, Alex, and many more. I owe mine to him. 

    It was Nick who helped me find what I’m good at. There’s a line in a recent interview I did with Ellen Von Unwerth for SHOWstudio’s In Fashion series - 'really lots of people have talent but they never find it, ever. But the luck was that I found it.' I owe my current path to the opportunities I was given at SHOWstudio - the faith that was put in me to learn on the job, and to maybe fail but learn from my mistakes. It was here that I learned how much I love to interview people, and that I loved to curate, a job I didn’t even really understand before working here. It’s led to books, exhibitions and all manner of exciting things that I could never have done without the experienced gained at SHOWstudio. SHOWstudio has been like family and like education - I have learned all my most important lessons here. Thank you to Alex Fury and Amy Ireland for first hiring me. Amy - you taught me so much and I’m so glad to call you a dear friend. Thanks to all the originals, Paul Herron, Sally Northmore, Carrie Scott, Niamh White and the rest of the early crew - thanks for putting up with an inexperienced nightmare of a colleague. You all taught me so much. Special thanks to Jon Emmony - my partner in crime for all those years. You are so talented and will go so far. Thanks to all the current team for their energy and enthusiasm - it’s been exciting to watch you all grow. And thank you of course to Charlotte Knight, who has been so much more than a boss. Thank you for helping me through so many twists and turns - I often joke that I’ve given my best years to SHOWstudio, but I’m certainly the woman I am today because of you. Thanks also to the many brilliant interns who have worked with me at SHOWstudio - I have done my best to champion and support talented young women (and men) and I look forward to watching you all triumph across the industry. And of course thanks to all our amazing contributors, whose hard work and amazing talent has made the site the hub of energy it is today.

    It’s hard to write a post like this without becoming very gushy and worthy and sounding a bit like I’m giving a bad Oscars speech. So I’ll wrap up now. We have a tradition when someone leaves SHOWstudio to ask for their best and worst moments. It’s impossible to pick a highlight - perhaps my best moment was interviewing Kanye, for 2 hours, aged 25, and being faced with a glut of press after. Perhaps it was interviewing personal icons, like Wolfgang Tillmans or Glen Luchford. Perhaps it was the many kind notes I received from interviewees after, praising the team and their experience at SHOWstudio. Perhaps it was attending fashion week and being overcome by the talent of designers like Craig Green or Raf Simons. Perhaps it was sharing a cake with Nick everyday for about 3 years (I still hate your new health kick). Perhaps it was watching Nick shoot. Perhaps it was dreaming up series like Ugly, Girly, Unseen McQueen, Sportswear, Print or Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore and watching the team work together to pull them off. Perhaps it was so many other days where nothing much happened apart from the amazingness that was working at SHOWstudio each day, in this strange and beautiful studio.

    My worst moment is leaving. 

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    Don't Miss This Weeks Talented Trio of Fashion Illustrators at 15 Floral Street

    Our SHOWstudio 15 Floral St pop-up invites different fashion illustrators each week to work live at our Covent Garden gallery space, giving shoppers the opportunity to witness each artist live at work.

    On Wednesday, painter Poppy Waddilove will illustrate live on site from 11am to 7pm, to be later followed by director and artist Rei Nadal on Thursday and Velwyn Yossy on Friday and Saturday.

    The talented illustators have their artwork for sale, amongst others showcased at the space! Stop by to watch the artists at work or to pick up the perfect gift!  

     
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    Alexander Fury remembers the life of Azzedine Alaïa

    This December, SHOWstudio will be remembering the life and legacy of the inimitable talent Azzedine Alaïa. Alexander Fury, former SHOWstudio Editor and eminent fashion writer, will be exploring his vast archival knowledge of Alaïa's work and history and recording this in a week-long Tumblr curation.

    Starting from 1 December 2017, Fury will be posting a carefully considered selection of text and images charting the influence Alaïa has had on the face of fashion. This unique celebration of the Tunisian-born designer and couturier promises to be a didactic and beautiful memorial of one of the true greats.

    Head to the SHOWstudio Tumblr to follow Alexander Fury on Azzedine Alaïa. 

     

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    SHOWstudio fashion illustrator John Booth decorates The London EDITION Christmas Tree!

    SHOWstudio illustrator and long time collaborator John Booth has created the Christmas Tree for The London EDITION this year! Renowned for his graphic aesthetic featuring multi-layered collages of textures and colours, Booth's work illuminates the room with festive spirit. Defying the norms of a traditional tree, the handcrafted approach and textures are synonymous with Booth's craft.

    The London EDITION has partnered with House of Voltaire, to sell Booth’s creations for The Albert Kennedy Trust, a charity that supports LGBTQ+ youth affected by homelessness. 
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    Arthur Jafa's 'In Your Face' interview will be screened at 180 The Strand

    For the newest instalment of our rolling In Your Face series, SHOWstudio's Carrie Scott interviewed cinematographer Arthur Jafa.  A twist on the traditional cajoling style of celebrity interviews, In Your Face shows interviewer and subject in an honest, thought provoking discussion. We are delighted to announce that this exciting film will be showing at The Store Studios at 180 The Strand, alongside Jafa's Film Love Is The Message, The Message Is Death

    The film, soundtacked by Kanye West's Ultralight Beam and exhibited in partnership with Serpentine Galleries depicts the artist's vision of contemporary black America. Due to popular demand, The Store Studios have extended the screening of Love Is The Message, The Message Is Death until Thursday 14 December 2017. 

    Our interview will sit beside Jafa's piece, providing a glimpse into the life and work of the seminal artist. It will be on display between Tuesday 12th December-Thursday 14th December, 12pm-7pm Tuesday-Wednesday and 12pm-10pm Thursday, when it will conclude with a closing party. 

    Don't miss this interrogative interview, launching Friday 24 November 17:00 GMT on SHOWstudio!

  7. by Lara Johnson-Wheeler .

    The Great Women Artists: Women on Instagram

    Last night, at a crowded corner of Shoreditch, Katy Hessel of @thegreatwomenartists opened her debut exhibition, 'The Great Women Artists: Women on Instagram'. Instagram is platform that has now become synonymous with Nick Knight and SHOWstudio's work. Knight and SHOWstudio Gallery Manager Bex Cassie discover a number of their seasonal fashion illustrators via Instagram, including the likes of Unskilled Worker, who showed as part of the exhibition last night. 

    The widely-attended opening showcased fashion illustration, photography, painting and tapestry. The exhibition grouped artists according to their medium, drawing comparisons between the variety of work and inviting the viewer to consider the meaning of being a so-called 'Instagram artist'. Alongside Unskilled Worker, SHOWstudio fashion illustrator Gill Button's oil portrait, Maisie Cousins's visceral, gleaming photos and Juno Calypso's self-effacing digital portraits were on display. Illustration from Fee Greening and Alice Skinner also stood out among the vibrant salon hang at Mother London.

    'The Great Women Artists: Women on Instagram' runs 13 - 17 November 2017, by appointment only: thegreatwomenartists@gmail.com

    Image: Alice Skinner - When Girls Get Ready Together and Take a Group Pic (2016)

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    Don't miss the Marques'Almeida x SHOWstudio Christmas Market!

    Marques'Almeida and SHOWstudio are hosting a special Christmas market in our 15 Floral Street pop-up gallery! 

    In usual M'A fashion, the designers have asked their friends to collaborate on this project: illustrator Helen Bullock will create a special one-off festive print, and pop-up braid salon Keash Braids will set up shop in the gallery to work on their signature styles. 

    Mark your diaries and make sure to keep up with Marques'Almeida to be the first to hear about what else they have in store! 

    Open Thursday 30 November 10 AM-5 PM and Friday 1 December-Saturday 2 December 10 AM-7 PM. See you there! 

    Illustration pictured is Julia Pelzer's beautiful rendering of M'A's S/S 18 collection.

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    Nick Knight and Carrie Scott at the Adobe Creative Meet Up!

    SHOWstudio Director Nick Knight and Director and Curator of the Nick Knight Archive Carrie Scott will be giving a talk at the Adobe Creative Meet Up in London tonight, 14 November 2017 at 20:00 GMT. Knight and Scott will be discussing newness, immediacy and technology in image making as well as diversity in the fashion industry and Knight's ongoing dedication to showing the process behind his photography. They will appear alongside speakers such as artist and designer Kelly Anna and director and illustrator Kate Moross. 

    Keep up with the event on Twitter and Facebook and tune in to the live stream from 18:30 GMT!

     

     

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    'North: Fashioning Identity' is now open at Somerset House!

    North: Fashioning Identity, curated by SHOWstudio editor-at-large Lou Stoppard and Manchester-based academic Adam Murray, is now open at Somerset House! The exhibition explores the themes that have shaped our collective image of the North of England, as well as the wealth of talent and creative output that hails from the region through fashion photography, film and multimedia pieces. The wide-ranging exhibition features work from the likes of Corinne Day, Mark Leckey, Gareth Pugh and Glen Luchford as well as an electrifying short film by Alasdair McLellan created especially for the show. 

    Stoppard and Murray drew and elaborated on their SHOWstudio project North, which presented interviews with the likes of Stephen Jones, Simon Foxton and Claire Barrow as well as essays and photography exploring fashion and the influence of politics in the North.

    Revisit the project now, and make sure to visit the exhibition!

    North: Fashioning Identity is open now until 4 February 2018. 

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    A week celebrating Peter Saville on SHOWstudio

    We are thrilled to announce that SHOWstudio will be celebrating the life and work of seminal graphic designer, Peter Saville this week! Saville and Nick Knight have a long history of collaboration since the artist played a key role in SHOWstudio's beginnings. The week will commence with the launch of a newly cut version of Saville's revelatory 2015 'In Fashion' interview on Wednesday 8 November 2017 15:00 GMT, followed by Soft Furnishings, a fashion film created from archive footage of Knight and Saville's 2009 editorial for Wallpaper* magazine's 'Sex' issue. Launching Sunday 12 November 2017 17:00 GMT you can also watch Saville's archive 'In Camera' interview with Lou Stoppard. 

    In the meantime, visit SHOWstudio x MACHINE-A to shop Saville and Julie Verhoeven's wallpaper print, based on Forget-Me-Not, the interactive computer wallpaper created by the two artists in 2001. 

    Make sure to tune in, and explore SHOWstudio's wealth of material on the artist who defined British visual culture.

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    Don't miss our illustrators in residence at 15 Floral Street!

    In October 2017 SHOWstudio opened a pop-up gallery at 15 Floral Street in Covent Garden. The space aims to continue SHOWstudio's mission of displaying the best talent in illustration and the graphic arts at an affordable price range, as well as allowing a glimpse behind the scenes of the fashion industry. Throughout November and December 2017 the gallery will host some of our illustrators in residence, giving the public a chance to see their artworks come to life. 

    Up first is Frida Wannerberger who's worked for Pringle of Scotland, as well as Elle, A Magazine, Harper's Bazaar and Lula, followed by Jenifer Corker who creates intricate embroidered illustrations. December will see painter and illustrator Poppy Waddilove whose dreamlike images have been featured on Vogue Digital, Grazia and The Edit, followed by Connie Lim who's worked for brands like Guerlain and Bulgari. The series will conclude with artist, director and longtime SHOWstudio collaborator Rei Nadal, who's used her unique eye working for Gareth Pugh and Primal Scream, and Velwyn Yossy who splits her time between London and Los Angeles and works across the lines of art, fashion and design.

    The pop-up is open Tuesday-Friday 11AM-7PM and Saturday 12 PM-6 PM. We are closed Sunday and Monday. See the schedule below and make sure to come by, or shop the artists' work online on SHOWstudio x MACHINE-A.

    Frida Wannerberger

    10-11 November 2017

    Jenifer Corker

    23-25 November 2017

    Poppy Waddilove

    1-2 December 2017 

    Connie Lim 

    8-12 December 2017

    Rei Nadal

    14 December 2017

    Velwyn Yossy

    15-16 December 2017

     

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    Posturing: Photographing the Body in Fashion

    Today sees the opening of Posturing: Photographing the Body in Fashion, an exciting new exhibition co-curated by Holly Hay and Shonagh Marshall!
     
    The first iteration of a three-part partnership with luxury online retailer THE OUTNET.COM and the first from the duo, the exhibition examines the role of the female body in contemporary fashion photography, focusing on the form and posture of the model within each image. 
     
    On display are a carefully curated selection of images charting a movement in which the body is captured in extraordinary gestures and poses. Showcasing the likes of Johnny Dufort, Brianna Capozzi, Tyrone Lebon and Coco Capitán, the exhibition brings together diverse photographic stylings with the common theme of interest in shape and structure. 
     
    Divided under different titles - Casting, Hair and Make-up, Set Design, Layout, Location - each section invites the viewer to question and consider the models, their pose, form and styling. One is challenged to contemplate the effect of a fashion photograph on the presentation of the garment it celebrates. Each image sits in a beautifully matched coloured frame, as if a subtle undertone from each image has been selected and utilised.
     
    Posturing: Photographing the Body in Fashion is on show at 10 Thurloe Place, London, SW7 2RZ from November 2 – November 12, 2017. Don't miss this beautiful show, reflecting a defiant new movement in the medium.
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