Category Archives: Glamour

How to Win against History

A chamber spectacular about the wondrous Henry Cyril Paget

How to Win against History

A chamber spectacular about the wondrous Henry Cyril Paget

Not as other men

The dancing marquess: Henry Cyril Paget

Not as other men

The dancing marquess: Henry Cyril Paget

Dress-down Friday: Stephen Tennant

“I just go on looking at them in a dream of bliss…”

Dress-down Friday: Stephen Tennant

“I just go on looking at them in a dream of bliss…”

Choices

It’s funny how things line up…

Choices

It’s funny how things line up…

McBean at auction

Photographs, Christmas cards, props, books, ephemera and history’s most glamorous autograph book…

McBean at auction

Photographs, Christmas cards, props, books, ephemera and history’s most glamorous autograph book…

Unfolding Florence

It’s been 35 years since Australian wallpaper designer Florence Broadhurst was murdered in Sydney.

Unfolding Florence

It’s been 35 years since Australian wallpaper designer Florence Broadhurst was murdered in Sydney.

Zeki sings for you

It’s been too long since we admired the extraordinary talents and only marginally less extraordinary image of Turkey’s beloved singer Zeki Müren.

Zeki sings for you

It’s been too long since we admired the extraordinary talents and only marginally less extraordinary image of Turkey’s beloved singer Zeki Müren.

Dress-down Friday: Barbette

Is there anything about the description “cross-dressing Texan aerialist in between-the-wars Paris” which doesn’t compel the attention?

Dress-down Friday: Barbette

Is there anything about the description “cross-dressing Texan aerialist in between-the-wars Paris” which doesn’t compel the attention?

Dress-down Friday: Marchesa Casati

Casati’s total self-possession ensures no one could mistake her costume for anything as banal as a sight gag. But it’s not just an arresting image, it’s also a visual metaphor for the Marchesa herself.

Dress-down Friday: Marchesa Casati

Casati’s total self-possession ensures no one could mistake her costume for anything as banal as a sight gag. But it’s not just an arresting image, it’s also a visual metaphor for the Marchesa herself.

Dodo’s return

While they bore a surface glamour, Dodo’s images were both jaded and jaundiced, as if attempting to market the Expressionists’ brand of caustic cynicism to blasé sophisticates as a desirable lifestyle option.

Dodo’s return

While they bore a surface glamour, Dodo’s images were both jaded and jaundiced, as if attempting to market the Expressionists’ brand of caustic cynicism to blasé sophisticates as a desirable lifestyle option.

Daniel Schmid | inspirations

One of the most appealing elements of Schmid’s book A Smuggler’s Life is a set of hand-coloured postcards, whose subjects range from the Tokyo subway to whirling dervishes.

Daniel Schmid | inspirations

One of the most appealing elements of Schmid’s book A Smuggler’s Life is a set of hand-coloured postcards, whose subjects range from the Tokyo subway to whirling dervishes.

The Legend of Leigh Bowery

The Salvation Army, The Fall, Gary Glitter, Boy George, Mr Pearl, Lucian Freud, terrifying nightclubs, even more terrifying daytime TV, the art of getting ready and the best manager Burger King never had: much of life is here.

The Legend of Leigh Bowery

The Salvation Army, The Fall, Gary Glitter, Boy George, Mr Pearl, Lucian Freud, terrifying nightclubs, even more terrifying daytime TV, the art of getting ready and the best manager Burger King never had: much of life is here.

Dress-down Friday: Bunny Roger

“Sometimes I took friends from school with the express purpose of showing Bunny off; they would gasp at his square-shouldered suits, the corsetlike waistcoats over exaggeratedly skirted jackets and narrowest drainpipe trousers…”

Dress-down Friday: Bunny Roger

“Sometimes I took friends from school with the express purpose of showing Bunny off; they would gasp at his square-shouldered suits, the corsetlike waistcoats over exaggeratedly skirted jackets and narrowest drainpipe trousers…”

Dress-down Friday: Joe Carstairs

Were there an Olympics of butch glamour the other contestants would surely give up and leave in resignation once this vision slouched into the arena holding the standard of Whale Cay aloft.

Dress-down Friday: Joe Carstairs

Were there an Olympics of butch glamour the other contestants would surely give up and leave in resignation once this vision slouched into the arena holding the standard of Whale Cay aloft.

Sissi on horseback

Sissi would drive her mount faster and faster, often leaving other members of her party thrown and wounded in their attempts to keep up. The empress, who courted oblivion as if it were a reluctant paramour, called one of her horses “Nihilist”.

Sissi on horseback

Sissi would drive her mount faster and faster, often leaving other members of her party thrown and wounded in their attempts to keep up. The empress, who courted oblivion as if it were a reluctant paramour, called one of her horses “Nihilist”.

Peer to peer

“The theatre was darkened. There was a roll on the drums and the curtain went up on Lord Anglesey clad in a white silk tunic, a huge diamond tiara on his head, glittering with necklaces, brooches, bracelets and rings. He stood there for a few minutes motionless…”

Peer to peer

“The theatre was darkened. There was a roll on the drums and the curtain went up on Lord Anglesey clad in a white silk tunic, a huge diamond tiara on his head, glittering with necklaces, brooches, bracelets and rings. He stood there for a few minutes motionless…”

Spring bath linen suggestions

Serge Lifar’s notorious 1958 duel with the Marquis de Cuevas is represented by photographs and, most wondrous of all, cornflower blue monogrammed towels which commemorated the event.

Spring bath linen suggestions

Serge Lifar’s notorious 1958 duel with the Marquis de Cuevas is represented by photographs and, most wondrous of all, cornflower blue monogrammed towels which commemorated the event.

The hands of Robert de Montesquiou

Montesquiou’s hands — slim, pale, elegant, well-dressed — were the count himself in manicured microcosm. Portraitists, photographers and caricaturists were all drawn to the expressive richness of the long, tapering fingers, whether adorned with rings, gloves, or nothing but perfumed air.

The hands of Robert de Montesquiou

Montesquiou’s hands — slim, pale, elegant, well-dressed — were the count himself in manicured microcosm. Portraitists, photographers and caricaturists were all drawn to the expressive richness of the long, tapering fingers, whether adorned with rings, gloves, or nothing but perfumed air.

Dress-down Friday: Ganna Walska

Re-examining Ganna Walska’s modus operandi, it is striking how utterly contemporary her approach to celebrity was, a combination of slender accomplishments and gargantuan ambition, of fashion labels and scent endorsements, of big rocks and little dogs.

Dress-down Friday: Ganna Walska

Re-examining Ganna Walska’s modus operandi, it is striking how utterly contemporary her approach to celebrity was, a combination of slender accomplishments and gargantuan ambition, of fashion labels and scent endorsements, of big rocks and little dogs.