Alexander Fury

Alexander Fury is Fashion Editor of The Independent.

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Style file: Vogue male models

We’re used to the shifting ideals of the female body shape, but now it seems the male model’s physique can be as varied as the clothes he wears. Alexander Fury looks at the changing male aesthetic

Charles James ball gowns, photographed by Cecil Beaton in 1948

The greatest ball gowns ever made: New York Met is honouring designer Charles James

James is the most influential designer you’ve never heard of – uncredited creator of the puffer jacket, and inspiration for everyone from Christian Dior to Rick Owens
Nick Knight shot female bodybuilders for ‘V Magazine

Older models on the runway - are we in the midst of a fashion revolution or a flash in the pan?

With models aged seven to 70 taking to the catwalk and retouching being flushed out of magazines, contemporary fashion is applauding the normal and natural.

Charles James is the lost genius who shall finally go to the ball as a new exhibition celebrating his work opens

A new exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art “Charles James: Beyond Fashion” will be opening tonight

From left to right: backless: Scarlett Johansson; thigh high: Angelina Jolie; arms akimbo: Kylie Minogue; twerk out: Miley Cyrus

A celebrity appearance on the red carpet is all about branding and making money - courtesy of some ridiculous posing

As the Met Ball approaches, Alexander Fury explains the logic behind the kookiest contortions
Alexander McQueen Ready to Wear A/W 2006

Alexander McQueen coming home to the V&A museum with critically acclaimed 'Savage Beauty' exhibition

The retrospective of the work of the late British fashion designer ran at New York’s Met in 2011

On the dogwalk: a poodle on the runway during a Mulberry show in London

Pet a porter: posh pet pampering

The duo behind Asos and Achica have launched a new venture, AstarPets.com, offering haute couture to help make furry companions fashionable. Cat Kidston or Vivienne Westie, anyone?

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Billy Graham’s son declares righteous war on Ebola

A Christian charity’s efforts to save missionaries trapped in Africa by the crisis have been justifiably praised. But doubts remain about its evangelical motives
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Waxing lyrical

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We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

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