‘A Beautiful Darkness’
Oct. 21, 2015
An exclusive clip showing a couture clown outfit by London designer Gareth Pugh teases the upcoming Halloween-themed exhibition curated by Britain’s legendary fashion photographer and ShowStudio founder, Nick Knight.
‘A Beautiful Darkness’ is the first showcase of Veuve Clicquot Widow Series, an annual fashion event which is set to produce a unique Halloween experience with a different creative every year, to pay tribute to the pioneering spirit of eponymous widow (or “veuve” in French) Madame Clicquot.
“I hope ‘A Beautiful Darkness’ will be a truly unique cultural event that will offer attendees a new way of seeing fashion and art as well as proposing a beautiful new dark aesthetic to celebrate Halloween,” Knight says.
Taking in the worlds of fashion, film, myth and even tattoo art – all inspired, of course, by Halloween – the exhibition features newly-commisioned work of creative masterminds. One room is dedicated to the white witch and early forms of feminism curated by Karl Lagerfeld’s right-hand woman, Lady Amanda Harlech. Another space displays some of New York’s superstar tattoo artist Scott Campbell’s most intricate artworks.
Pugh created six clown outfits (because who isn’t scared of clowns), and Knight, who most recently directed Tom Ford’s spring/summer 2016 fashion video, also created one of the five fashion horror films that will be on show.
“It is an honour to have been chosen to front the first ever Veuve Clicquot Widow Series. I feel that both Veuve Clicquot and I are aligned in the wish to champion new ways of displaying fashion, and particularly fashion film,” Knight adds.
“I founded SHOWstudio to be the home of fashion film and it’s exciting to see how many talented creatives are embracing it, a selection of whom will contribute to this very special occasion.”