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‘Vogue 100’ at the National Portrait Gallery

Vogue 100 National Portrait Gallery

Evelyn Waugh looks, frankly, like he’s just read a line from one of his own books in the silent section of the library, and is relying on his bracing hands on his knees to give him the strength necessary to resist the inevitable eruption of giggles from within. Waugh’s gaze seems past us, slightly over our shoulders, in Irving Penn’s square photograph from 1952. His thick wool suit is more creased than his forehead, near where the top of the photograph ends.

National Portrait Gallery Vogue 100

Vogue 100 National Portrait Gallery

Snowdon’s verbose (can we use that word to describe an image?) photograph of Salman Rushdie in his London home shortly after he won the Booker Prize for Midnight’s Children shows Rushdie in a Windsor chair in the corner of the room, head turned towards us, chin in his hand, bathetic.

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Catullus’ Bedspread Daisy Dunn Book Launch

Daisy Dunn Catullus Bedspread book launch
Ian Hislop, Daisy Dunn and Victoria Hislop

There was an excitable buzz last night at the launch of Daisy Dunn’s debut books: Catullus’ Bedspread: The Life of Rome’s Most Erotic Poet and The Poems of Catullus, at Peter Harrington Rare Books in Dover Street, Mayfair.

Daisy Dunn book launch
Daisy Dunn, Gordon Corera and Michael Cockerell

Among the 200+ guests pounding the shop’s floor were Ian and Victoria Hislop, Sir Simon Jenkins, Hannah Kaye, Mike Grady, Hugo Williams, Giles Milton, Suzannah Lipscomb, Michael Cockerell, Gordon Corera, Thane Prince…

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London Fashion Week – The Designer Showrooms

London Fashion Week Designer Showrooms

If catwalk shows at London Fashion Week are displays of theatrical brilliance (big, dynamic, buzzing), then a look round the Designer Showrooms at Brewer Street offers a chance to observe fashion from the perspective of visitor in a museum exhibition: a calmer, more serene space for (deep) sartorial contemplation.

London Fashion Week Designer Showrooms

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V&A Shoes: Pleasure and Pain Press Day

Shoes Pleasure and pain

I’ve always thought of shoes as reified works of abstract art.

V&A shoes

Cinderella. My favourite shoe story. Cinderella – the girl whose shoes helped elevate her to a higher status. The tale of the ‘slipper test’ can in fact be traced back to 1st century Egypt.

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