Is Ugly Actually Ugly?

Discussions

“’Ugly is attractive, ugly is exciting. Maybe because it is newer,’ says Miuccia Prada. SHOWstudio explores fashion’s fascination with deliberate awkwardness and vulgarity. Just as Umberto Eco asked in his celebrated work ‘On Ugliness’ SHOWstudio will question if, when manipulated by the right designer or when backed up by a luxury label, repulsiveness, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder.” –SHOWstudio

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The other day I happened upon a new SHOWstudio project that dissected our current fascination with “ugly.” After reading through the various essays, I phoned my friend to get a clearer perspective on the subject. The discussion, which I’ve posted below, is our input on the matter.

SHOWstudio: Knight and Foxton Collaborate for #asif

Fashion Films


 

The talented and eminent Nick Knight joined forces with stylist Simon Foxton to create an arrestingly optical fashion film for VMAN magazine that illustrates and explores the extraordinarily graphic language of the digital domain. Knight, Foxton, and the SHOWstudio team collected and manipulated imagery from the Internet and reinterpreted the curated data into a culturally relevant film titled “#asif,” that exemplifies our digital reality. The creative team also shot and styled a complementary editorial that parallels the Internet-focused video.