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Ming Xi in 3-D


Nick Knight—famed photographer, founder of SHOWstudio, and all-around digital fashion maverick—has always been ahead of the curve. So no one expected his Spring ’13 campaign for Chinese luxury retailer Lane Crawford to be a traditional photo spread. This season, Knight teamed up with stylist Katy England and enlisted model Ming Xi to star in digital images and films, which he created with 3-D scanning. “Three-D is a step toward the future of our visual language, which was why I started SHOWstudio,” Knight told Knight has been fascinated with this particular method of image making (it’s also used for video games) for fifteen years and has, in the past, done 3-D scans of Lady Gaga, Kate Moss, and Naomi Campbell. The ads—which will appear online, in outdoor media, and in print this month—make Ming Xi look like some kind of fantastic high-fashion android. Watch her strut her digital stuff in Alexander McQueen (above) and Givenchy (below), exclusively on

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Fashion’s Bodies, Real And Fake, Get Their Night At The Museum


In French, mannequin is used to describe flesh-and-blood models; in English, it means the artificial dummies used to display clothes. Rarely do the two mannequins exist side by side—except in Kim Cattrall eighties hits—but they will in an upcoming exhibition at the Les Docks space of Paris’ Musée Galliera, Mannequin—Le corps de la mode (“Model: The Body of Fashion”). The exhibition traces the development of the model throughout time, much as the Costume Institute’s 2009 show, “The Model as Muse,” did, and includes both physical mannequins (in the English sense) and photographs by Horst P. Horst, Juergen Teller, Corinne Day, and Nick Knight—and some line-straddlers, like the photo by Guy Bourdin above. She’s alive!

Photo: Guy Bourdin / WWD

Nick Knight In Bloom


For his latest exhibition, opening at SHOWstudio’s London gallery October 11 during the Frieze Art Fair, Nick Knight holed up in a herbarium and spent over three years studying flower specimens. Not your usual fashion photography project by the lensman known for his collaborations with designers like Alexander McQueen and John Galliano, that’s for sure. “Going through the 6.5 million specimens in the Natural History Museum was not only intense because it took my wife and I three and a half years, but it was also an extraordinary project because the act of capturing each of our most favorite discoveries was rigorous,” he tells of the project, entitled Flora. “In the end [we] edited it down to just 40 individual images.” (Originally, the shots were part of his now out-of-print book by the same name—he’s picked out 15 images from the acclaimed publication to be displayed for the first time at SHOWstudio’s headquarters in London’s Mayfair.) “Because we (understandably) weren’t allowed to remove any of the flora from the museum, we ended up converting an area the size of a broom cupboard in the 131-year-old building into a studio space,” he adds. In conjunction with the exhibition, launches its online sale of the newly released portfolio of 15 archival prints today, along with a series of Instagram shots Knight did for Paddle8 documenting the creative process behind the flower series. Here, a look at a few of the prints, which showcase the diversity in botany, included in the sale.

Photos: Nick Knight

Designer Diary: Aganovich’s Postcard From The Venice Architecture Biennale


Meet Nana Aganovich and Brooke Taylor, the duo behind on-the-rise Paris label Aganovich. They must have finished their Spring ’13 collection (showing in Paris on September 25) a little early, because they managed to escape to the 13th annual Venice Architecture Biennale (currently under way) and find time to send us back a few snaps from their trip. Read all about it, below.

“Nana and I just got back from this year’s Architecture Biennale, curated by British architect David Chipperfield, who (for a bit of fashion FYI) designed photographer Nick Knight’s house. Chipperfield named the exhibition Common Ground in an attempt to draw the focus away from ‘starchitecture’ and back to common resonance and purpose. Apart from the usual unsettling sensuality of the location, we were treated to a visual and intellectual feast, ranging from the poignant presentation of our beloved East London’s Hawksmoor churches chez Louis Vuitton to the morbidly ironic but effective Aircraft Carrier at the Israeli Pavilion. We topped it all off with a great satellite exhibition of relational aesthetics artist Rirkrit Tiravanija and an after-party staged by our friend Alex Possati, whose family owns the cultural hot spot Bauer Hotel. All the world’s architectural luminaries were present at the shindig, along with a few from the fashion set, in the form of Jefferson Hack, Juergen Teller (who is the official photographer for the exhibition), and our favorite entertainer of the evening, Christopher Taylor (the former rock star-turned-award-winning film composer). For the record, he’s also a genius raconteur. (When I looked in the mirror the next morning, I actually had a six-pack, he had been making us laugh so hard.)”

“[Brooke] Coming into Venice getting serious pimp cane mileage out of a recent knee injury.”

“Louis Vuitton’s Mohsen Mostafavi-curated discreet perfection of an exhibit: Hawksmoor’s Christ Church Spitalfields in resin.”
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Garage Time


When Dasha Zhukova released her debut issue of Garage magazine during fashion week last September, The New York Times called it “one of the most intriguing magazines to come along in years.” To jog your memory, recall that cover (there were three different ones) lensed by Hedi Slimane, featuring the lower half of a nude model with a peel-off Damien Hirst sticker on her crotch. One year later, she’s got issue number three ready to hit newsstands September 10. The theme, it would appear, is a little less provocative: time.

“Our themes in the past were not risqué just for the sake of it—it was more that we focused on subject matter that we thought resonated,” she tells “We decided to focus on ‘time’ as our theme as it seems to be the one thing that everyone is either trying to buy more of or rush their way through with the increasing presence of technology in our everyday lives. From our obsession with defying the effects of aging to the stress of deadlines that loom in our careers to things as seemingly trivial as arriving ‘fashionably late,’ time touches all aspects of our lives.”

Zhukova brought on the likes of photographers Nick Knight and Juergen Teller to interpret time for the five different covers, all linked to an editorial inside the issue. Knight did a Lichtenstein-inspired shoot with Lindsey Wixson, with text captions by Perez Hilton. “Nick Knight’s shoot and collaboration with Perez takes traditional pop art to the contemporary extreme. It takes an aesthetic that feels almost classical to today’s generation and frames it timelessly with the use of today’s digital shorthand,” she explains. Teller, for his part, photographed the oldest tree in the world with Spanish actress Rossy de Palma as his model. The other three covers include works by artists Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset, John Currin, and a limited-edition vinyl record with a conversation between Marc Jacobs and Currin. Here, has an exclusive first look at the Knight (pictured, above) and the Teller (pictured, below) covers.

Photos: Courtesy of Garage