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“It’s fabulous,” Naomi Campbell cooed as Nick Knight guided her around the “SHOWstudio: Fashion Revolution” exhibition. It’s little wonder the supermodel was impressed — she features prominently in the form of a giant suspended polystyrene statue. Manolo Blahnik, Pat McGrath, Ozwald Boateng and Lily Donaldson were among guests who feted the launch of the multimedia show at Somerset House Monday night.

“Nick’s the reason I went into fashion,” said Alexander McQueen, who, like Kate Moss and Laura and Kate Mulleavy, partook of videos. Collaborations with Gisele Bündchen, David Bailey, John Galliano and Brad Pitt also feature in the show, which counts quirky exhibits such as telephones that play voice mails left by Lily Cole and Karen Elson. For his part, Knight is loath to pick a favorite. “That’s like choosing one of your children,” he said with a laugh.

This story first appeared in the September 23, 2009 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.

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