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La Pausa: Chanel’s Riviera Villa

La Pausa: Chanel’s Riviera Villa

Coco Chanel’s Riviera villa, La Pausa, is now on sale for £35m. Beyond most people’s budgets of course, but for one lucky buyer, there will be an opportunity to procure not just a house, but an intriguing slice of history too. Situated between Monaco and the glorious Belle Époque town of Menton on the far […]

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The Royal Wedding Dress: A Story of Great British Design

The Royal Wedding Dress: A Story of Great British Design

Last week we slipped behind the gilded gates of Buckingham Palace to view the Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding dress which, this year, is part of the Summer Opening. When The Queen departs for her summer holiday, Buckingham Palace throws open its doors for two months and visitors can wander along the red-carpeted corridors through the spectacular state rooms whilst marvelling […]

by × August 9, 2011 × 2 comments

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Glamour of the Gods

Glamour of the Gods

Almost all the photographs in the exhibition are vintage prints collected from the archive of the John Kobal Foundation. There are the familiar iconic shots of stars such as Clark Gable, Marlon Brando, Rita Hayworth, Vivien Leigh and James Dean, but there are also several unseen studio portraits, including this rather lovely one of […]

by × July 29, 2011 × 0 comments

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Fashionable Faces at Claridges – London

Fashionable Faces at Claridges – London

We were excited to hear that our favourite London hotel: Claridges is to install one of our favourite fashion illustrators: David Downton as its first “fashion artist in residence”. The artist will sketch the famous and fashionable faces who regularly glide across the glossy chequered floor of the hotel’s magnificent art deco lobby. Guests who have agreed to do a […]

by × July 27, 2011 × 0 comments

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Dare to Wear: Glass Dresses by Diana Dias-Leão

Dare to Wear: Glass Dresses by Diana Dias-Leão

A recent visit to Liverpool led us to one of our favourite art galleries – the Walker  – housing a treasure trove of paintings and sculpture from the 13th century to the present day. The gallery is particularly strong in European Old Masters, British eighteenth-century art, Victorian painting and sculpture […]

by × May 18, 2011 × 2 comments

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The Cult of Beauty: The Aesthetic Movement 1860-1900

The Cult of Beauty: The Aesthetic Movement 1860-1900

The Aesthetic movement prized the importance of art and beauty above all else and swept across fine arts, decorative arts, literature and interior design. Its key figures included Whistler, Burne-Jones, Rossetti, Leighton, William Morris and Oscar Wilde. The Cult of Beauty at the V&A has gathered together many of its masterpieces […]

by × May 15, 2011 × 0 comments

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The Highgrove Shop – Tetbury, Gloucestershire

The Highgrove Shop – Tetbury, Gloucestershire

The nearest village to our Cotswold country cottage is the lovely seventeenth century market town of Tetbury, famous not only for its plethora of antiques shops, but also due to fact that HRH The Prince of Wales lives just around the corner at Highgrove. Since Prince Charles opened the first of the Highgrove shops here in March 2008 (the second recently opened in Bath), the increase in visitors to […]

by × April 12, 2011 × 0 comments

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Aware: Art Fashion Identity

Aware: Art Fashion Identity

The third season of contemporary art at 6 Burlington Gardens examines how contemporary artists and designers use clothing as a mechanism to communicate and reveal elements of our identity. The exhibition contains work by more than 30 practitioners including Yoko Ono, Alexander McQueen and Grayson Perry. Divided into four sections. Storytelling which […]

by × December 9, 2010 × 0 comments

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Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion

Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion

Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion is the first exhibition in Europe to comprehensively survey avant-garde Japanese fashion, from the early 1980s to now. Japanese designers made an enormous impact on world couture in the late 20th century. Visionaries such as Issey Miyake, Rei Kawakubo and Yohji Yamamoto redefined the […]

by × October 15, 2010 × 0 comments

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Couture Collection – The Hardy Amies Museum & Archive

Couture Collection – The Hardy Amies Museum & Archive

To coincide with the 100th Anniversary of the birth of Sir Hardy Amies, Royal Dressmaker to HM Queen Elizabeth II, the house of Hardy Amies has opened its extensive and until now, largely unseen archive to the public for the first time ever. No.14 Savile Row, London, has been home […]

by × July 19, 2010 × 0 comments