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These one-of-a-kind gowns fit for a fairy tale are sure to go for a princely sum

John Lichfield: Changing times on the most famous avenue in the world

All is not bliss in the Elysian fields.

Duchess of Cambridge's dress goes on display

It was the most anticipated dress of the century - and now the public can see it up close when it goes on display at Buckingham Palace.

The Big Picture (15)

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It's official: Ascot just ain't posh no more

With images of brawling, tattooed men disfiguring Ladies' Day, Matthew Bell muses on the changing of the Season

Urban explorers: A new festival celebrating street photography illustrates how technology is blurring the genre

Street photography has changed since Henri Cartier Bresson's day. So what place does it now have in a world awash with cameraphones? A new festival sets out to redefine an artistic institution

The 10 best jewellery boxes

From cheap chic to luxury leather, keep all your delicate chains, pretty bracelets and chunky beads safe with one of these treasure chests.

Pictures from a revolution: Hungarian photography

A new show at the Royal Academy will reveal how a group of Hungarian exiles in Paris changed the face of modern photography. Charlotte Cripps reports

Handbag designer shoulders arcade's luxury plans

Fashion designer Lulu Guinness is set to bring her bags and purses to central London's Burlington Arcade.

'I was destroyed by Murdoch's hackers,' says svengali

Elle Macpherson's consultant was falsely accused of leaking to the press, and lost her job and reputation

Mulholland Drive inspires a Parisian club

David Lynch aficionados will soon have a new temple to worship at. The cult auteur's latest project is designing a club in Paris. Club Silencio gets its name from the fictional establishment featured in Lynch's lauded 2001 movie Mulholland Drive. Lynch has designed the entire interior of the club, including some striking pieces of furniture. A surreal wooden-speaker stack seems to resemble a nightmarish appropriation of the face of a child's cuddly toy – the eyes being the two circular speaker cones. He's also designed several bespoke chairs and an asymmetrical double sofa, footstool and side- table combination.

Richemont profits soar on demand for luxury goods

The world's second-biggest luxury goods company, Richemont, said strong demand for its jewellery and watches had produced a surge in its annual profits and sales.

Vodun: African Voodoo exhibition - picture preview

Vodun:African Voodoo is an exhibition of the amazing private collection of Voodoo art collated by African and tribal art expert Jacques Kerchache.

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