Nick Knight OBE (born 1958) is a British fashion photographer, documentary photographer, and web publisher—as director of Nick Knight and Gaga began working together in the fall of 2009 and their last collaboration so far was in 2020.

November 8, 2009

Main article: The Monster Ball (Theater Version)

After the cancellation of the Fame Kills Tour, Gaga needed to put together a new tour in a short amount of time. In order to do it, she called Nick Knight for help:

"I just called Nick. We were struggling to put the tour together so quickly and we wanted to do something very video driven and very interactive and I thought if I am going to do a video based show I need someone who can create videos and visuals who is really a genius. So I just called Nick and said “I’m in trouble. I need to phone God to help me get all this done in time. So naturally I called God, I called Nick Knight.” He started laughing. He just said, “oh thank you very much that’s very nice of you.” In that incredibly polite way he has. I said I wanted him to really push me, to go beyond my limits in terms of what I had done so far. In terms of marrying performance art, music and fashion and visuals. So naturally he wanted me to puke on myself and eat a bovine heart and do all sorts of other things."

The SHOWstudio team along with the Haus of Gaga shot the interludes and backdrops that would be used on the theater version and later, the arena version of the tour.

December 6, 2009

Date December 6, 2009
Location Somerset House in London United Kingdom
Camera P65+ by Phase One
Fashion director Nicola Formichetti at Haus of Gaga
Hair stylist Sam McKnight Premier
Make-up artist Tara Savelo at Haus of Gaga
Styling assistants Anna Trevelyan
Nails Marian Newman (Streeters for MarianNewmanNails)
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Lady Gaga wears sunglasses by Jean Paul Gaultier (Mod. 56-8171).

Lady Gaga wears a bodysuit by Haus of Gaga, a mask by Yoshiko Creation Paris, pants by Maison Martin Margiela and shoes by Yves Saint Laurent.

200 Portraits
Director Nick Knight
Editing Ruth Hogben
Music N/A

January, 2010

Main article: The Monster Ball: Arena Version.

A revision of the Monster Ball tour occurred after 22 shows, due to Gaga's concern that the original version was constructed within a very short span of time. The Haus contacted the same key people who worked on the Theater Version in order to make a new version. The SHOWstudio team did a new edit for each interludes and backdrops and created new one using footage shot the previous fall. They also created brand new props such as they "Eternal Fountain" a replica of the Bethesda Foutain found in New York City's Central Park. The team was comprised of SHOWstudio's crew with the help of 3D animators Kevin Stenning (Rapido3D) and BURSTvisual.

February 16, 2010

Main article: 2010 BRIT Awards

The sculpture was captured and rendered by Kev Stenning at Rapido3D. Burst TV London did some 3D work using the scanned data and CNC machined out of polystyrene. These two companies worked under the supervision of Nick Knight

April 26, 2010

Date April 26, 2010
Camera P65+ by Phase One
Creative direction David Harris at Vanity Fair
Photographic assistance Adam Goodison, Iain Anderson, Charles Grauche
Features editor Jane Sarkin
Digital capture Joe Colley (Passeridae)
Production Kathryn MacLeod, Jennifer Watko and Kori Shadrick
Executive production Victoria Brynner and Gino Sullivan
NK Image production Charlotte Wheeler
Production assistance Grant Elam, Joseph Soutullo and David Sonneborn
Styling Jessica Diehl at Vanity Fair
Fashion assistance Sam Broekema at Vanity Fair
Fashion director Nicola Formichetti at Haus of Gaga
Seamstress Ulker
Hair stylist Sam McKnight Premier
Hair coloring Jonathan Gale (Jed Root)
Hair assistance Koji Ichikawa
Make-up artist Val Garland (Streeters)
Nails Deborah Lippmann
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Lady Gaga wears a necklace by Fred Leighton.

Lady Gaga wears a dress, a corset, and shoes by Armani Privé.

Lady Gaga wears a dress by Alexander McQueen and a crown by Angels Fancy Dress.

Lady Gaga wears a bodysuit by SOMARTA, shoes by Noritaka Tatehana, and rings by Fred Leighton (right hand), by Sevan Bicakci (left hand, ring finger), and by VBH (left hand, middle finger).

Lady Gaga wears a dress by Givenchy and a crown by Angels Fancy Dress.

The Lady Gaga Sittings for Vanity Fair
Director Nick Knight
Editing Ruth Hogben
Music Lukid

June 25, 2010

Date June 25, 2010
Location SHOWstudio in London Gb.png
Model Jo Calderone
Camera EOS 5D Mark II by Canon
Digital capture Joe Colley (Passeridae)
Digital post Epilogue Imaging
Fashion director Nicola Formichetti at Haus of Gaga
Hair stylist Sam McKnight Premier
Make-up artist Val Garland (Streeters)
Prop stylist Andrea Cellerino (The Magnet Agency)
Styling assistants Brandon Maxwell, Anna Trevelyan, Tom Eerebout, Julia Dakin
Nails Marian Newman (Streeters for MarianNewmanNails)
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Jo Calderone wears a jacket by Givenchy, a t-shirt by Uniqlo, pants by Gucci, and custom boots by Dr. Martens.

Jo Calderone wears a jacket, pants and a shirt by Dior Homme.

Jo Calderone wears a coat and pants by Giorgio Armani.

Jo Calderone wears a jacket, pants and a shirt by Dior Homme.


Fashion Film- Elegant Mechanics

  • Film Edit - Ruth Hogben
  • Set Design - Andrea Cellerino
  • Photographic Assistance - Adam Goodison

October 26, 2010

Main article: 2011 campaign of MAC Viva Glam.
  1. Jewels by Rodrigo Otazu

December 14, 2010

For the album page, see Born This Way. For SHOWstudio Smoke & Mirrors 'Born This Way' Remix, see this page.

Date December 14, 2010
Location London Gb.png
Camera P65+ by Phase One
Camera assistant Nelson Oliver
Photographic assistance Zoe Hitchen, Laura Falconer, James Robotham, Roo Kendall
Digital operator Joe Colley (Passeridae)
Production Gainsbury and Whiting
Producer Dee Patel
Production manager Kat Davey
Runners Alex Short, Becky Scott, Julia Monsell, Alexandra Granville
Art director Todd Tourso at Haus of Gaga
Fashion director Nicola Formichetti at Haus of Gaga
Styling assistance Anna Trevelyan, Brandon Maxwell, Tom Eerebout, Sophie Ruthensteiner, Julia Dakin
Hair & Wigs Frederic Aspiras at Haus of Gaga
Hair stylist Sam McKnight (Premier)
Hair assistance Koji Ichikawa
Make-up artist Val Garland (Streeters)
Make-up assistance Laura Dominique
Nails Marian Newman (Streeters)
Horns Millennium FX
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Lady Gaga wears a bra by Kiki de Montparnasse.

Lady Gaga wears shorts by Levi's.

Lady Gaga wears a custom jacket by Tom Tom Fashions for Haus of Gaga.

Lady Gaga wears a mirror cape, worn as a hat and a dress by Daniela Karlinger.

Lady Gaga wears a custom molded leather bodysuit and "Alien" boots by Mugler.

Lady Gaga wears and a stone washed denim jeans by Lee from Beyond Retro, and a top by Agent Provocateur.

Lady Gaga wears platforms by Pleaser.

Lady Gaga wears a headpiece by Bob Recine, and jewelry by Rodrigo Otazu.

Lady Gaga wears a dress by Philips Design Probes, and platforms by Pleaser.

Lady Gaga wears a slime outfit by Bart Hess, shoes by Alexander McQueen, and a perspex hat by Charlie le Mindu.

Fashion film contains behind the scene footage from Born This Way album promo photoshoot by Nick Knight and some scenes from "Born This Way" music video.

Former Haus Member Tara Savelo shared via Twitter some details about the leak of this video. She denied that this footage is an alternative version of "Born This Way" music video, because that one was directed by LaurieAnn Gibson (that confirms the existing of alternative video). This footage is from Lady Gaga's Born This Way cover photoshoot by Nick Knight mixed with music video outtakes ("extra scene from the original"). Tara Savelo said about the leak that "[Lady Gaga] obviously didn’t approve it and doesn’t want it released," because "when someone is on set being photographed they are under the impression that it is private and any nudity captured can be edited around." She added, "whoever released this did so without her [Lady Gaga's] approval."

According to PropaGaga, verified user on Gaga Daily, "This is a video remix by AVIDDIVA aka Dustin Robertson, who works with Nick Knight. It was accidentally made public on his Vimeo a few years ago and some lucky fans were able to snatch it before it was quickly taken down. It's made up of footage from the scrapped street kid edit of "Born This Way" and "Government Hooker" videos and was never intended to be released publicly like this."


On August 5, 2013, SHOWstudio launched a brand new board on Pinterest called "Behind the screens" it shows previously unseen process images from SHOWstudio's projects.

Album and Single artworks
Promos only
Playlist covers

January 22-24, 2011

Main article: music video for "Born This Way"

Nick Knight directed the music video for "Born This Way" on January 22 to the 24th of 2011.

Behind the scenes

Deleted scene

On May 31, 2012, Nick Knight, through SHOWstudio's tumblr, released stills and gifs of a 15 second scene that was cut from the video. The reason for the release was as a thank you to Lady Gaga's little monsters for their continued support of SHOWstudio.

September 13, 2011

Main article: iHeartRadio Music Festival, KISS-FM Jingle Ball, Z100 Jingle Ball

The Fuck Fashion interlude is a film directed by Nick Knight in 2011 that was used as an interlude for the iHeartRadio Music Festival, KISS-FM Jingle Ball, and the Z100 Jingle Ball. During these performance, the track "Government Hooker" was used as the music for the film. It was filmed on September 13, 2011.

  1. Outfit by John Galliano, hat by Stephen Jones for John Galliano, shoes by Pleaser, earrings by Kenneth Jay Lane
  2. Black gown by Tex Saverio, hat by Stephen Jones

2012: Fame by Lady Gaga

Main articles: Fame (perfume) by Haus Laboratories in collaboration with Coty

Nick Knight designed the bottle for "Fame" with Lady Gaga. The bottle have the shape of an egg over a gold claw cap.

September 20, 2015

Main article: Tom Ford


  • Still photographer: Lewis Mirrett
  • Creative Director: Audie Umali for Laird + Partners
  • Styling: Carine Roitfeld
  • Hair: Sam McKnight
  • Location: Milk Studios, Los Angeles, CA

February 19, 2020

Date February 19, 2020
Client Dom Pérignon
Photography and Direction Nick Knight
Filmmaker and Film edit Britt Lloyd
Production Liberte Productions
Set design Andrew Tomlinson
Fashion director Nicola Formichetti at Haus of Gaga
Stylist Marta del Rio at Haus of Gaga
Hair stylist Frederic Aspiras at Haus of Gaga
Make-up artist Sarah Nicole Tanno at Haus of Gaga
Nail artist Miho Okawara
Choreographer Richard Jackson
Retouching Mark Boyle at Epilogue Inc.
Agency Tragos Bonnange Wiesendanger Ajroldi (TBWA)
Art Coordinator Jenn Lee
Shopper Rick Pirro
US Construction Jet Sets
1st AC Philip Martin
2nd AC Andrew Porras
DIT Sacha Rivière
Lighting Coordinator Ian Barwick
Technical Coordinator Matt Buchan
Gaffer Mike Adler
Best Boy Electric Jordan Parhad
Electric Janos Csoma, James Domkus, Adan Galindo, Jim Young, Ruben Gonzales
Dimmer Operation Gideon Markham
Key Grip Carlos Boiles
Best Boy Grip Aaron Neas
Grip Rick Ramon Velazquez, Bruce Wolfe, Luis Velandia, Sacha Riviere
Stunt Rigger Zack Bartholomay, Jeff Constine
CGI Lead Tom Wandrag
CGI Artist Kylian Maupoint
Post-Production Loic Maes
Logo Animation Dirk Koy
Production (LA) GE Projects
Executive Brand Consultant Ted Cerou
Photographic Assistance Thomas Alexander, Megan Jordan, Steve Yang, Colin Smith, Vinnie Maggio
Styling Assistance Marta del Rio, Franc Fernandez, Megan King, Eryka Valle, Garrett Ives, Conrad Muscarella
Tailors Alex Navarro, Samuel Ososki
Set Design Assistance Alfie McHugh, David Konix
Make-up Assistance Annie Bran, Michael Anthony, Denika Bedrossian, Phuong Tran, Mary Kula, Janice Daoud
Hair Assistance Nozomi Hirao, Yuma Maruoka, Akiko Yamakawa, Kumiko Ando, Ayano Jinnouchi, Kazuyo Shichiri
Choreography Assistance Graham Breitenstein
Dancers Juan Zapata, Diamond Lynn Smith, Trevor Silva, Julio Marcelino, Montana Efaw, China Taylor
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Short versions
  1. Lady Gaga wears custom jewelry by Elea's Closet, nails by Miho Okawara, and a headpiece by Gregory Kara.
  2. Lady Gaga wears a custom outfit by Lacey Dalimonte.

Lady Gaga wears a custom outfit by Mio Design.

Lady Gaga wears a custom outfit by Wiederhoeft, and boots by Pleaser.


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