Macho Man. January 2018.

Dear Rowley, I happened to chance upon a clip of the adventurer Bear Grylls on Gogglebox the other night. Not troubled by self-doubt, is he? Must come from being the Christian church’s poster boy for the Alpha cult. Bear is the … Continue reading

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Untold Stories of Hollywood. May 2014.

Dear Rowley, As Samuel Pepys would have told you, don’t look to the leading ladies and gentlemen in history for the truth. You want to know about Cleopatra’s amours? Ask a handmaiden. Henry VIIIs temper? Ask the fool. The same … Continue reading

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Hollywood Costume. October 2012.

Dear Rowley, Hollywood Costume at the V&A deserves another letter. I was fascinated by the hour and a half spent with the curator Deborah Landis at the private view of the exhibition. As you know, I curated a rather large … Continue reading

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There’s No Place Like Home. October 2012.

Dear Rowley, The undisputed high point of the week if not the year was filming a preview of the Victoria & Albert Museum’s upcoming Hollywood Costume exhibition for an ITV This Morning feature next Thursday at noon so set your … Continue reading

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