V Legends: Nick Knight

V Legends: Nick Knight

FOR THE 100TH ISSUE, V PAYS HOMAGE TO THE EDITORS, IMAGE-MAKERS, AND RULE-BREAKERS WHO HAVE SHAPED THE MAGAZINE. YOU CAN CALL THEM LEGENDS.

FOR THE 100TH ISSUE, V PAYS HOMAGE TO THE EDITORS, IMAGE-MAKERS, AND RULE-BREAKERS WHO HAVE SHAPED THE MAGAZINE. YOU CAN CALL THEM LEGENDS.

Photography: Nick Knight

Text: William Defebaugh

When Nick Knight shoots a story, the process is often as profound as the final pictures. Knight has made a habit of livestreaming each of his photo shoots for V on SHOWstudio.com, his own platform for the latest in fashion technology, allowing his fastidious followers to be a part of the story as it unfolds. It has even become a tradition at 11 Mercer Street that, whenever Knight shoots, we keep the stream from the shoot up on the television in our conference room throughout the day.

The stories Knight tells stand out in the V archive. For V79, Knight collaborated with Carine Roitfeld on a shoot that had Lara Stone demonstrate key self-defense moves for women being victimized. The photographer is also responsible for what were some of the first high fashion images of Kim Kardashian for V79 in 2012, before she became a front row staple at fashion shows.

Knight’s most frequent partner in crime, though, is his dear friend and collaborator (and V contributing fashion editor) Amanda Harlech. Together, they craft stories that often take an entire season to properly conceptualize and execute. For V92, for example, the duo comissioned the creation of custom bonnets by a handpicked selection of designers, ranging from Vivienne Westwood to Riccardo Tisci. For V99, Lady Gaga's guest edited issue, the pair crafted a 22-page editorial that told a tale of sorcery and confrontation, using dramatic light techniques and distorion effects to bring the story to life.

On working with V and Knight, Harlech says: “V means so much to me–a chance to make the work sing its song, to collaborate with the most inspiring photographer. Fashion photography is about teamwork, mercurial communication, and an instinctive sense of how we all work together to reach an image which, by ourselves, we couldn’t achieve.”

This is an excerpt from V Legends: a special supplement to V100. To read the full compendium, order your copy of V100 here, or pick up your copy of the issue on stands now.

Molly Bair, styled by Amanda Harlech for V97.

Kim Kardashian-West in Kanye West and Gucci, styled by Ellie Grace Cumming for V79.

Inga and Rosemary Ferguson in

Dior Haute Couture, conceptualized by John Galliano for V1.

Naomi Campbell in Gaultier Paris, styled by Jonathan Kaye for V47.

Kate Moss in Jil Sander, styled by Jonathan Kaye for V52.

Ming Xi in Givenchy Haute Couture, styled by Jonathan Kaye for V71.

Liberty Ross in

Dior Haute Couture, conceptualized by John Galliano for V16.

CIERRA SKYE AND MOLLY BAIR, STYLED BY AMANDA HARLECH FOR V99.

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