On Tuesday 18th October, Shoreditch’s space fiftyfour plays host to a one-off installation from the collective talents of director and visual artist Stephen Lally and fashion stylist Helen McGuckin. It’s a multi-media gallery event that fuses the worlds of fashion, film and art installation.

“The Dionysian” celebrates the hedonistic glamour of the 1980s New Wave scene, but thrusts it straight into the 21st century. Showcasing the work of emerging designers such as Rachel Freire, Shao Yen Chen and Ioannis Dimitrousis, the film’s a dark and delicious tale of one girl’s seduction by a monstrous family of Neo Romantic fashionistas – all controlled from afar by a mysterious, omnipotent Vamp . . .

space fiftyfour / 54 Rivington Street / Shoreditch / London EC2A 3QN

“The Dionysian” exhibition encompasses two environments at space fiftyfour.

The gallery’s ground level displays illustrative photographs by the photographer Patrick Schüttler that explore the film’s cast and styling in greater detail, whilst stylised wall graphics from renowned artist Tom J Newell swirl around the film’s evocative “nail chair” and costumes – and give gallery patrons a further sense of being immersed in the environment of the film.

Meanwhile, the gallery’s basement space exhibits “The Dionysian” fashion film, with its bespoke sound design and music permeating the entire gallery as the film plays out. Featuring the very best in upcoming design talent – from Sophie Condie to Marko Mitanovski – the gritty and cinematic world of “The Dionysian” has a haunting and dreamlike quality with a sinister, obsessional edge.

Not everything is what it seems . . .

STEPHEN LALLY / DIRECTOR / stephenlally.com /
Stephen Lally is a freelance director and visual artist who works in a hybrid form of video and photography that frequently addresses postmodern explorations of beauty, pop culture and fairy tale desire. With a background in fine art and fashion photography, he has crossed over into music videos and commercials for clients as diverse as Universal Records, E4 and Rimmel London. Stephen has always taken a cutting edge approach to realise iconic and often irreverent imagery – with a fashion-forward finish – in his work. “The Dionysian” heralds his first exhibition in London.

HELEN McGUCKIN / STYLIST / helenmcguckin.com /
Helen McGuckin is a freelance fashion stylist who has spent the last few years honing her talents in editorials, catwalk shows and designer look-books. She has worked with respected publications such as Tank, Wallpaper* and Dazed & Confused, and has assisted a vast number of high-profile stylists – including Francesca Burns, Victoria Young, and Katie Shillingford. Utilising specific pieces from emerging designers in both literal and unexpected ways, she has infused “The Dionysian” project with a dark elegance that epitomises her vision as a stylist to be reckoned with. Her last exhibition was the much-lauded collaborative project entitled “The Chopped-Off Heads of Leviathan” at the Wayward Gallery in East London.


Helen Mcguckin, Ioannis Dimitrousis, Rachel Freire, Shao Yen Chen, Space fiftyfour, Stephen Lally, The Dionysian,