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 2015.

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, 2010
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.

SHOWstudio - 200 Portraits

SHOWstudio - 200 Portraits

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, 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.

SHOWstudio - Vanity Fair 2010

SHOWstudio - Vanity Fair 2010

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
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 Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy, a t-shirt by Uniqlo and pants by Gucci.

Look 1

Jo Calderone wears a shirt by Dior Homme, a blazer by Givenchy and pants by Emporio Armani.

Jo Calderone wears a blazer by Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy, a t-shirt by Uniqlo and pants by Giorgio Armani.

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
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 Erebout, 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 a jacket by Tom Tom Fashions for Haus of Gaga.

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

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

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

Lady Gaga wears platforms by Pleaser.

Lady Gaga wears a headpiece by Bob Recine.

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

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

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

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 (Spring 2007), hat by Stephen Jones for John Galliano (Spring 2007), shoes by Pleaser, earrings by Kenneth Jay Lane
  2. Unknown designer

Fame by Lady Gaga

Main article: Haus Laboratories

Nick Knight was involved in the design of bottle for "Fame" with Lady Gaga.

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




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