Exclusive! Nick Knight gives us ten things to buy at his SHOWstudio SHOP.

Here’s photographer and founder of SHOWstudio Nick Knight explaining the provenance of ten of his favourite fashion shoot props. Each piece is for sale and can be seen in his wonderful new SHOP:

Nick Knight, c. 1989-2009
“This represents 20 years of the studio I work most frequently in – composed of layers of paint and celebrity! Anyone who is anyone was walked this floor.”
Edition of 100, signed by Nick Knight


‘SHOWstudio.com Box Set’
Various Artists, 2000
“This was created to celebrate the founding of SHOWstudio.com in 2000, containing original works by Kate Moss, Peter Saville, Alexander McQueen and Hussein Chalayan amongst others. A limited edition of 100 were made – 50 were originally sold, the other kept back for our archive. We are releasing an extremely limited edition of 10 to celebrate the opening of the SHOWstudio SHOP.”
Price on Request


‘Versailles Animal Heads’
Hichael Howells, 2007
“These animal heads (a set of eight in total but each unique) were used in Dior’s 60th anniversary haute couture show, placed on the head of existing statues at the Chateau de Versailles. Michael created  each one to represent a different mythological creature drawn from French folklore, which also the name of the roads around Versailles.”
£2,500 each

versailles heads

‘Protest jacket’
Simon Foxton, 1987
“This was created for i-D’s ‘8 for ’88’ shoot by Simon, inspired by a photo from an American Civil Rights riot. I originally shot two versions of the jacket – one featuring the Michael Clark Company dancer Amanda King with her head aflame in a paddling-pool of water! Unfortunately that image didn’t make the shoot.”


Shona Heath, 2008-9
“These are a reworking a floral sculpture piece used in one of my shoots for British Vogue with Karen Elson. It’s amazing that Shona is able to transform disused materials – in this case, old tights and bicycle wheels – into an exquisite and considered piece of art.”


Nick Knight, 2009
“This is a black Swarovski Crystal sculpture created from a 3-D scan of Liberty Ross. This is the first of my ‘Fashion Sculptures’ – the most recent is a 22-foot sculpture of Naomi Campbell, again based on 3-D scans, which will be displayed at the exhibition SHOWstudio: Fashion Revolution at London’s Somerset House. An exhibition solely comprised of these ‘Fashion Sculptures’ is also currently in the works.”
Price on Request


Nick Knight, 2003
“This was created for a couture shoot for W magazine – the idea behind the shoot was to contextualise the highly-prized (and priced) haute couture pieces within the world of finance and power struggles of which they are inevitably a part.”


‘Union Jack’
John Galliano, 2001
“This was created for a July 2001 portrait of John Galliano, created to celebrate his 5 years as head of Dior. Ironically for a portrait of the design head of an establishment French haute couture house, the flag is quintessentially British and anarchic – both elements which resound with Galliano’s interpretation of Dior.”


‘Poodle and Soldier’
Shona Heath, 2008
“These items are from a Tim Walker shoot for April 2008 British Vogue couture shoot with model Karen Elson. The are the perfect representations of the childhood references, playfulness and fantasy in both Tim Walker and Shona Heath’s work, and characterised by their frequent collaborations.”
Poodle: £6,000
Soldier: £5,000



SHOWstudio SHOP, 1-9 Bruton Place W1, will be open 11am-6pm Tuesday-Saturday (excluding Saturday 18 June and Wednesday 22 June 2009 ) 



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