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Backstage at the Alexander McQueen ‘Black’ show, June 2004. Aluminium Coiled Corset by Shaun Leane for Alexander McQueen, The Overlook, Autumn/Winter 1999.
| Courtesy of the Shaun Leane archive
Backstage at the Alexander McQueen ‘Black’ show, June 2004. Aluminium Coiled Corset by Shaun Leane for Alexander McQueen, The Overlook, Autumn/Winter 1999. | Courtesy of the Shaun Leane archive
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Lou Stoppard 'Fashion Together': Exploring the Industry's Most Memorable Collaborations

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Updated: 1 September 2017
Fashion Space Gallery in London will celebrate the launch of a new book from Lou Stoppard, Fashion Together, with a correlating exhibition opening in September.

Editor at SHOWstudio, Lou Stoppard has previously worked on NORTH, an exhibition which celebrated and explored fashion’s relationship with northern England, and how ideas of identity and experience have shaped the collections of designers in London and beyond.

Nick Knight and Daphne Guinness, Visions Couture: Junya Watanabe, SHOWstudio 2011, digital film | Courtesy of SHOWstudio
Nick Knight and Daphne Guinness, Visions Couture: Junya Watanabe, SHOWstudio 2011, digital film | Courtesy of SHOWstudio

For her next project, Stoppard has turned her eye to transformative partnerships in the industry, investigating the way in which individual creative talent has combined to create unique works of art. From Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin’s portrait of Clint Eastwood for the New York Times Magazine (2005), to Shaun Leane for Alexander McQueen’s ‘Star’ headpiece from the Salem Collection (Autumn/Winter 2007), the project encompasses millinery, films, photographs and handwritten notes, offering a unique insight into the way each duo has worked, and bringing a fresh perspective on the intimacy and energy at the heart of such collaborations.

Backstage at the Alexander McQueen ‘Black’ show, June 2004. Aluminium Coiled Corset by Shaun Leane for Alexander McQueen, The Overlook, Autumn/Winter 1999 | Courtesy of the Shaun Leane archive
Backstage at the Alexander McQueen ‘Black’ show, June 2004. Aluminium Coiled Corset by Shaun Leane for Alexander McQueen, The Overlook, Autumn/Winter 1999 | Courtesy of the Shaun Leane archive

‘I’m interested in lasting partnerships – the formative, friendships, the unions that exist behind the scenes or the decades-long working relationships that have shaped each participant’s vision and life,’ commented Stoppard, ahead of the exhibition. ‘These relationships are common across the industry, but their complexity has been under-analysed. How is credit shared? How is work divided? Is jealousy or ownership an issue? Is there a recipe for success?’

The exhibition opens ahead of Lou Stoppard’s book release on October 17th. Inside Fashion Together, readers will encounter 18 conversations between dynamic fashion pairs. Designers include Marc Jacobs, Rick Owens, Nick Knight and Riccardo Tisci, and the book features a foreword from Andrew Bolton, the curator of the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, who has curated some of the most exciting fashion exhibitions of the decade.

If you’re looking for an insightful fashion read this autumn, Fashion Together is a must.

Fashion Together opens at London’s Fashion Space Gallery, 8th September 2017