Reading List: Paul Lawrence of November Books

Instagram – it has singlehandedly revolutionised the way in which fashion is communicated (even more so than Facebook dare I say): documenting up-to-the-minute product...

Ronald Stoops: documenting Antwerp’s greatest

Ronald Stoops sits in the sunny backyard of his Antwerp house, talking in short, to-the-point phrases about his long career in photography, in which he has shot the work of all Antwerp Six designers, except Ann Demeulemeester. In tune with the sound of our conversation is a stream of water and fishes swimming in a pond next to us. Every once in a while, one of Ronald’s many cats appears, like a shadow on the plastic roof above us, and Inge Grognard — his partner in both work and life — pops in every once in a while, tending the garden or answering emails indoors. A bottle of sparkling water stands between us and is left empty after one-and-a-half hour of conversation, which is much needed due to its quick-fire nature. It’s not necessarily an intentionally chosen mode of interviewing, but Ronald doesn’t seem particularly keen on exhaustively dwelling on fashion or photography-related topics. So, when mentioning the brevity of his answers and asking if there are other topics that he prefers talking about, he mentions that he is much more interested in talking about ‘real feelings’: how you feel, what you feel, how you walk in the street, what your hopes are, what you want to do in life — and a cheeky one: do you have a lover, somebody who you love?

Viviane Sassen’s Shadow

In celebration of Sassen’s nomination, the gallery asked three people from completely different disciplines – an astronomer, a psychoanalyst and the curator of photography at Tate Modern – to speak about Sassen’s shadows in relation to shadows in their fields of expertise. Shadows are an inherent part of both Sassen's personal work and of her fashion work. In a short introduction to the three talks, Sassen explains how shadows have impacted her life from very early on: “From a very young age I’ve been confronted with death. When I was very young I lived in Kenya, and I vividly remember things like a dog dying on the side of the street, or the goat carcasses hanging in the marketplace, covered with flies. My father worked at the local village hospital so there was always talk of people who were ill and people who had died.” Reflecting on Sassen’s Umbra, David Morgan, a psychotherapist and psychoanalyst, spoke about our obsession with an idealised self image, whereas Marek Kukula, astronomer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich, highlighted the importance of light in the presence of darkness in the discovery of new galaxies, and Simon Baker, the Curator of Photography at Tate Modern, spoke about capturing everyday things in a very unusual way.

A monochrome life: Eugene Rabkin, Founder of StyleZeitgeist

Eugene Rabkin is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of StyleZeitgeist: a forum-eventually-turned-magazine that offers a place for intellectual discussion on avant-garde, slightly obscure, and unknown...

CSM designers come together for Zaha Hadid’s final exhibition

Zaha Hadid once said: “If I wanted to do clothes or if I wanted to make a building or design a choreography, I would...

MASTERMINDING MoMu: Director, Kaat Debo on Dries, digital, and how museums...

Kaat Debo is the head of MoMu, that being the deceptively simple shorthand for the Mode Museum in Antwerp. But there's nothing simple about...

Julie Verhoeven

A chat with the unstoppable artist on guinea pig haircuts, being Howard Tangye’s groupie and the beauty of failure. Julie Verhoeven needs no introduction. The...

Asa Riton: a female point of view in filmmaking

Recently signing to RSA, Asa Riton sparked her love of filmmaking whilst at Central Saint Martins. Currently splitting time between home and the office,...

“Is cool really relevant?” An intimate meeting with Alber Elbaz

While going through education, we learn a deceptively simple lesson: trust. Not just in the opinion of a tutor which is supported by their...

Wolfgang Tillmans on the Art of Photography

The 46-year old Turner Prize winning photographer Wolfgang Tillmans began shooting in the ’90s for i-D magazine, where he quickly became renowned for his...

Cecilia Dean: The woman behind art’s unrivalled publication, Visionaire

From a set of five 12-inch double-sided vinyl and a package of plastic toy figures to a crate of conceptual perfumes, artist-created breath strips...

meadham kirchhoff at V&A

Today we went to the Fashion in Motion Meadham Kirchhoff show at V&A. Julia couldn't stop talking about how she wants to own...