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Huge London College of Fashion presence at the first ever SHOWstudio Fashion Film Award

Reality and Virtual, directed by Tian Chen
Written by
Josh De Souza Crook
Published date
02 February 2016

SHOWstudio recently announced all the nominations for their first ever Fashion Film Award, several London College of Fashion students and alumni have been nominated from multiple courses across the college.

Reality and Virtual, dir. Tian Chen

Reality and Virtual, directed by MA Fashion Photography student Tian Chen.

Nick Knight OBE, director of SHOWstudio, announced the brief for the inaugural awards in collaboration with QIC Global Real Estate. The Award is the latest step in Knight’s vision to develop the most innovative and creative fashion filmmakers out there.

The awards received applications from all over the world, stretching from New Zealand to Los Angeles, before SHOWstudio and co-founder Nick Knight selected their favourites for the nomination round. London College of Fashion is one of the most represented establishments, several students and alumni have been selected, most from MA backgrounds, exhibiting how enriching studying a postgraduate can be for creativity and innovation.

Come to Senses, dir. Simone Steenberg and Lolo Bates

Come to Senses, directed by MA Fashion Photography students Simone Steenberg and Lolo Bates.

Current students include:

Alumni for the award include:

A clip from Sandra Plantos short film, Presence. Photography by Deborah Sheedy

A clip from Sandra Plantos short film, Presence. Photography by Deborah Sheedy

LCF News caught up with one of the students nominated for the Fashion Film Award, Sandra Plantos. She created a short seven-minute film for her final MA Footwear collection. The film and footwear is called ‘Presence‘, and consists of abstract concrete shoes, some that even prevent movement. Irish-born Sandra’s shoes are made out of a range of materials that include cast concrete, reinforced steel and plywood. Sandra, a former architecture student from the University College Dublin, worked with Deborah Sheedy on the film.

MA Footwear student Sandra Plantos produced a collection that restricts movement.

MA Fashion Footwear student Sandra Plantos produced a collection that restricts movement.

Congratulations on the SHOWstudio nomination, can you briefly explain the video you produced? How does it feel being nominated for such an award, and being recognised by showstudio and iconic photographer Nick Knight?

The short film is called ‘Presence’ and it compliments and further contextualises the five-piece Footwear Collection submitted as part of my MA in Fashion Footwear at LCF. ‘Presence’ was made in collaboration with Deborah Sheedy, an innovative Irish photographer making her initial forays into the world of cinematography. I also owe a debt of gratitude to Jennifer Vogtle, for her wonderful interpretive dance performance in the closing scene. Without spoiling the cinematic experience by giving too much away, the film seeks to demonstrate the themes of Time, Materiality and Non-Movement, whilst also seeking to communicate to the viewer the need for a re-engagement of the senses and a re-awakening of an awareness of the body.

I’m over the moon and so honoured to be included in the SHOWstudio Fashion Film Awards alongside so many talented international film-makers – it is something I would only ever dream of experiencing. Initially, I had speculatively contacted SHOWstudio to consider adding the film to the Archives, and I was so surprised and ecstatic to have received the e-mail from Nick Knight himself, praising the work and saying that he would include ‘Presence’ in the Awards. Nick’s work has been a formative influence in opening my eyes to the world of Fashion Photography and Film.