The Master of Swish. January 2015.

Dear Rowley, The inspiration for my appreciation of fashion was two-fold. Hollywood movies costumed by the greats such as Travis Banton, Edith Head, Irene, Orry Kelly and Travilla taught the power of glamour. But it was portrait artists such as … Continue reading

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Costume Drama. June 2015.

Dear Rowley, How many times were you asked as a boy what you wanted to be when you grew up? Having visited the Crown Jewels before most boys had varnished their first conker I always said I wanted to be … 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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