39 posts tagged "Nick Knight"
Nick Knight’s short film for Alexander McQueen, To Lee, With Love, Nick (left) screened at last night’s British Fashion Awards in London. Now you can see the whole trippily beautiful thing on Knight’s SHOWstudio.com. It’s well worth a watch. [SHOWstudio]
Speaking of fashion film, Phillip Lim is getting into the game, too. The designer is partnering with Lane Crawford and four up-and-coming women artists—Rain Li, Victoria Tang, Elle Muliarchyk, and Yi Zhou—to create films to celebrate the pioneering store’s 160th anniversary. [Dazed Digital]
Want to be in a Yves Saint Laurent commercial? You may soon have your chance. One hundred and thirty tall, elegant “beautiful people” are needed as extras for what’s said to be a YSL fragrance ad. Castingdujour.com has the details. [WWD]
This holiday season, beware the faux Ugg. The Australian fleece booties are apparently the No. 1 most counterfeited product for the holidays, followed by Coach bags, Tiffany jewelry, and, farther down the list, North Face jackets. [Consumerist via Racked]
At tomorrow’s British Fashion Awards, Alexander McQueen will be presented with a posthumous award for Outstanding Achievement. The late designer is due for a retrospective at the Met’s Costume Institute next year, but before his key pieces are spirited away for the museum and, later the archive, they’ve been placed into the capable hands of SHOWstudio’s Nick Knight. The godfather of fashion film has created a short, scored by Björk (who also sang at McQueen’s London memorial), featuring McQueen’s work, which will screen at tomorrow’s awards ceremony as well as on SHOWstudio.com. “It is being styled by Edward Enninful and will feature black models only,” Knight told Style.com. “We felt it was important to have the clothes featured one last time on flesh and blood before the museum takes them away.” Of course, this was a work project that came with a lot of memories: “I worked a lot with McQueen, so, yes, it is an emotional experience. But I hope this film will play proper homage to his career, and the absolute genius he was.”
There’s been an explosion of florals and flower prints on the runways, and you can trust that if a trend is in the offing, Nick Knight will not be far behind. Case in point: The latest exhibition at SHOWStudio’s Mayfair gallery, Florist, which opens tomorrow. The Web site-cum-gallery project is celebrating its 10th birthday this year, and Knight decided a few bouquets would be a fitting anniversary gift. “Of course there is no better birthday gift than flowers,” he told Style.com. “When you think about it, so many fashion photographers were quite taken by flowers—Irving Penn, Robert Mapplethorpe and Baron Adolph de Meyer all trained their lenses on blossoms as a bit of a hobby. I’m not going to say that it is cleansing or anything, but….”
Vivienne Westwood, Yohji Yamamoto, Lady Amanda Harlech, Guy Bourdin, and Sølve Sundsbø (whose work is pictured) are a few of the celebrants to craft a floral gift—in any shape—to contribute. (Those shapes have taken the form of photos, dresses, head pieces and one-off objets d’art.) During the week, designers like Mary Katrantzou and Stephen Jones will also create pieces live, to be broadcast in real time from the Bruton Street studios. Knight has also snared the likes of John Galliano, Gareth Pugh, Hussein Chalayan, and Kate Moss to create their own interpretation of flowers, all to come during the winter-long exhibit.
No doubt a decade in the business is a thing worth celebrating—we’ve just finished doing the same ourselves, in fact. And Knight’s highlight of the past ten years? “Definitely, the SHOWstudio’s work in fashion films, which is still rather uncharted territory,” he said. “It’s an amazing knowing that every day there is something to create, something waiting to be invented. It’s a feeling that makes me want to jump out of bed every morning.”
School’s in—with Nick Knight, Ryan McGinley, Tim Walker, and Fabien Baron, no less. Beginning in the fall of 2011, the School of Visual Arts in New York is launching a new graduate program in fashion photography, the first of its kind on the scale being proposed. SVA’s Stephen Frailey and Art + Commerce founder Jimmy Moffat (pictured, left to right) will co-chair the program, which will draw its faculty and guest lecturers directly from fashion’s most marquee mastheads. (In addition to those mentioned above, Cathy Horyn, Pascal Dangin, Emma Reeves, and Glenn O’Brien will take part.) On the eve of the program’s announcement, Style.com checked in with Frailey to discuss what’s new, what’s next, and who he’s looking for.
Let’s talk back story. Why this program, why now?
It really seems like it’s a good time for it. As an academic, as someone who is in the classroom at an undergraduate level, I think often fashion photography has been marginalized by the students. Despite the fact that it takes an enormous amount of work and is collaborative, I really feel like it’s been on the sidelines of the photographic education, especially at an advanced level. I come from the art world, and I came to fashion photography fairly late. About ten years ago, I started noticing the amazing work that was in W. I began to realize that art photography had borrowed so much from fashion without necessarily acknowledging it—an interest in narrative, in the staged and fabricated image. At any rate, I felt like it was time for fashion to be considered among the more elevated photographic pursuits in higher education at the graduate level.
What will the curriculum be?
It’s a one-year program; the classes will occur in the evening and on Saturday. There will be two classes that will last the full year, 30 weeks. One will be a critique class, [whichS will have a rotating faculty; it’ll be collaboratively team-taught by Jimmy Moffat, Dennis Freedman [formerly of W], and Andrew Richardson. Then we’ll have a class called the Symposium class, taught by Emma Reeves [of V]. It’ll be an opportunity for everyone to gather together and to go to whatever is happening in New York at the time, whether it will be a guest lecture by Karl Lagerfeld or an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum or at galleries. Carol Squiers, who is a curator at the ICP, will be teaching a class on the history of fashion. I’ve been asked to have that class, by the way, streamed onto the SHOWstudio Web site. There’ll be a digital photography class for fashion photographers, which will be taught by Pascal Dangin [of Box Studios, and one of the most influential retouchers in fashion]. Not only will it be about technique, but also about some of the ethical issues of retouching, and the way that it creates a kind of utopian figure. And video, which is a very important part of the future of fashion photography. Continue Reading “SVA Launches A Master’s Program In Fashion Photography” »
Here’s the latest dispatch from the annals of instant gratification. Gareth Pugh’s Spring ’11 collection hits the runway (well, the video runway, as it turns out) in Paris today—and the first pieces hit stores tonight. One store, that is: Nick Knight’s SHOWstudio.com shop, where, following the presentation, a chiffon scarf in one of Pugh’s signature geometric prints goes on sale for £220. Only 100 are available, so it’s first click, first serve. The shop-the-runway trend is ramping up lately, and the charge is being led, no great surprise, by younger designers. “Gareth is in the vanguard of designers who grew up using the Internet and understanding its importance and power,” Knight says. “He therefore naturally sees it as a means to launch his collection to a massive worldwide audience in a way that represents the complete artistic expression of his work.” If you want to get in on that expression, here’s where to go.