To honour the centenary of women’s suffrage, award-winning fashion website SHOWstudio presents a fashion illustration exhibition that celebrates women. SHOWstudio founder and fashion photographer Nick Knight, chose to spotlight 100 incredible models in an exhibition curated by SHOWstudio’s Bex Cassie.
Since what feels like the beginning of time, women haven’t been in control of the way are depicted – particularly within the fashion industry. For this exhibition, SHOWstudio asked over 50 fashion illustrators to depict 100 models that they feel empower, provoke and challenge the conventions of femininity.
It’s their hope that both the artists and their muses will help us all to reimagine a woman’s world.
The website asked each model to send it an image of the outfit they wore that made them feel most empowered, accompanied by a quote to explain why it made them feel this way. These personal moments celebrate the power of fashion in its ability to empower, unite and truly celebrate women.
“As Director of SHOWstudio, the team and I were absolutely determined to celebrate 100 years of votes for women,” says Knight. “Although much has changed since women won the right to vote in 1918, there is still so far to
go in allowing women to be heard. With this exhibition, we wanted to give the greatest models – those who are so often not part of the decision of how they are portrayed in fashion imagery or indeed what they wear – the power to decide what empowers them.”
Models such as Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, Kendall Jenner, Andrej Pejic, Aimee Mullins, Devon Aoki, Slick Woods, Maye Musk, Cindy Crawford, Cara Delevingne, Iman, Karlie Kloss, Paloma Elsesser and many more. Here’s what some of the women had to say about the work.
Devon Aoki: “There’s no other picture that could take the place of this one for me. Our team… you, Nick, and how you’ve always treated me. You’ve been so kind and looking back I’m grateful to you for that. Shooting this, I felt comfortable and beautiful – weird but still me. I remember liking the fact that the makeup was so subtle and didn’t cover my freckles. I don’t think I could have predicted how far this image has travelled that night in the studio.”
Grace Bol: “Let your inner beauty shine, be strong from within, when you feel good inside, your natural beauty will always come through.”
Winnie Harlow: “I’m choosing my first Met Gala look…This means a lot to me because I never imagined I would be attending the MET, let alone be a part of the design process with a brand like Tommy Hilfiger. The whole look made me feel like a princess and the whole day felt like a blessing.”
Adwoa Aboah: “The empowerment in the image I chose [by Thurstan Redding] really comes from within. I remember how confident and happy with myself I was feeling for the first time in a while; Although I do love to dress up, the way I feel inside is truly what counts.”