Peter York

York is an author, broadcaster, journalist, management consultant and cultural commentator. He was Style Editor of Harpers and Queen for ten years and he co-authored The Sloane Ranger Handbook in the 1980

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Dame Alice Owen, 1897, by George Frampton

19th-century sculpture: Propaganda for the British Empire, or middle class frippery?

Neither, says Peter York, 19th-century sculpture had scale and virtuosity, as two new exhibitions show
An exterior view of the main building in the residence of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych

Presidential bling, Ukraine style: Peter York on Viktor Yanukovych's mansion

Lots of gold, lots of marble, and a lot of toys you could never play with: Yanukovych’s fantasy world put the Ukrainian President firmly at the heart of a grand tradition

Sole trader: Outside the UK Clarks shoes are seen as a premium brand

Clarks: A long walk to survival in stout, sensible shoes

The company, built on 19th-century Quaker virtues, has thrived as flimsier brands have fallen. Peter York, who used to work with the firm, salutes a British success story

Isabella Blow in a 2002 Treacy hat. He says: 'Isabella Blow helped hats enormously - she was fearless'

These days, milliners aren't just for millionaires

Why has Debenhams hired a royal hat maker to do a high-street offering?

Mavericks go to market: Damien's Hirst's 'The Dream'

What Are You Looking At?, By Will Gompertz

For all its breezy style, this canter through modern art tells the orthodox curator's story.

Icon in Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity

Christ to Coke: How Image Becomes Icon, By Martin Kemp

Martin Kemp is Emeritus Professor in the history of art at Trinity College Oxford. He so is: he has written extensively about Leonardo da Vinci. He is conceivably the world's top go-to guy for Leonardo studies. Certainly, his blog contains a warning to any passers-by who might want to waste his time by knocking at his North Oxford door to ask him about the dodgy Leonardos they've bought in Romford market recently.

Peter York on Ads: Road safety - When the dead girl talks, do those deaf to reason hear?

If a car hits somebody at 30mph, they've got an 80 per cent chance of living, but at 40mph, 80 per cent will die. If this is right, then there's a massive case for the 30mph limit and for putting people away for years if they break it. I'm amazed the boy racers who rev up around our small central London square, using it as a short cut, haven't flattened any elderly art historians yet. If they do, we'll make sure they get the full weight of the law on them.

Advertising: The 2002 Advertising 'OSCARS'

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