Saturday, 8 May 2010

Sat May 8th: Blackwhite at SHOWstudio SHOP

Luckily my hour at SHOWstudio perfectly coincided with the private view of their latest SHOP exhibition "Blackwhite".  The title is an exact description of the theme which ties all the works together in a narrative exploring the classic match of a black and white palette in fashion.  The original iconic Harlequin Dress print by Irving Penn has been lent for the show and hangs alongside a brand new sculpture of a white shiny bondage table made for the exhibition by Peter Saville.  Stylists such as Simon Foxton and Amanda Harlech have work displayed with others in line to hold performances to be broadcast at intervals over the duration of the exhibit.  Archives have been dipped into for early editions of Visionarre, Chanel couture headpieces, a flag by Michael Howells and 2006 beauty shot of Kate Moss by Nick Knight himself.  The most exciting collection the team were privileged to filter through were Cecil Beaton's contact sheets of Audrey Hepburns "My Fair Lady" portraits.   These original silver gelatin print artefact's complete with his red chalk workings are on show for the very first time and on sale through the archive at Sotheby's.  
I was transfixed with the video reel of a recent performance by Shystie wearing Nazir Mashar headware which you will soon be able to watch at home here.  Keep an eye on the upcoming live transmissions from Judy Blame, Gareth Pugh and Edward Griffiths with the pieces they produce being added to the catalogue.

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