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For a new take on New Year’s Eve dressing, let your straps down tonight and show off your shoulders, says Hannah Fillis

My greatest mistake: Rosie Millard, BBC's arts correspondent

'It must have seemed like a good idea to get back into that low-cut dress. I just wish I hadn't'

Fashion: Tartan not just for squares

Tartan is more than trews and tam-o'-shanters. In fact, there's only one way you won't be wearing plaid - in a kilt.

FREE TICKETS TO 20th CENTURY FAIR

The Independent and Independent on Sunday have teamed up with 20th Century at Olympia to give away 500 tickets to the second annual fair in London.

Walk like a man

The latest collections in Milan demonstrate a bewildering and baffling range of options for the modern man in search of his latest fashion look. From short pants to sharp suits, Stephen Todd supplies a boy's own guide

Fashion: On the pull

Fairground flamboyance translated into glamorous menswear. Styling by James Sleaford. Photographs by Julie Sleaford

Fashion: The history of the wig: On a wig and a prayer

The wigs worn today - associated with positions of power or fancy dress- but the art of wig-making dates back to Egyptian times. They were made from human hair or sheep's wool and consisted of a bulky mass of plaits or braids. Men had shaved heads under their wigs and women wore their hair short. In Roman times, wigs were worn by women as a fashionable accessory. Since blond hair was in vogue then, expensive wigs were made from blond hair obtained from the conquered people in the north.

History put in pupils' hands

SKETCHES BY Beatrix Potter, dresses by Vivienne Westwood and rare dinosaur fossils are to be brought into the classroom as part of a government initiative to spice up lessons, writes Marie Woolf.

Interview: Vivienne Westwood: Fashion's pearly queen

Vivienne Westwood is still at it: winning awards for her clothes, living with a man half her age, and as batty and opinionated as ever. By Dominic Lutyens

Books: Treasure this material girl to treasure

Chris Savage King praises the only designer who can make Harris Tweed sexy

Bid for a Biba

The Retro look is chic yet again. Classic clothes by top designers are popping up all over the place, and auctions are the best place to pick up a bargain or pay for a turkey.

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Fashion: It's a drag

Next week's Pride 98 march will see some serious dressing up and showing off. Melanie Rickey talks to four drag queens, regular Pride-goers, about what fashion - and dressing up - means to them

Don't Say You Haven't...

Got some sole... At Sole City: London Shoes from the First to the 21st Century at the Museum of London. The exhibition presents a full range of shoe designs, from both the museum's own collection and from modern designers. It features shoes worn by people such as Emily Pankhurst and Anna Pavlova, as well as highlighting the idiosyncrasies displayed by Charles I's penchant for very long and ornate shoes. It also includes a look into the future of shoe design, and how it will be revolutionised by computers. Modern designers include Manolo Blahnik, Terry de Havilland, Johnny Moke, Hedi Raikamo and Vivienne Westwood.

Fast Track: Suits and blazers cut by lasers

What do you do if after your first week in an impressive City job you realise your off-the-peg suit doesn't quite come up to scratch? Holly Davies visits Savile Row for a surprisingly affordable answer

Style: Shoe stoppers

Shoe jokes have become the standard stock in trade of London Fashion Week, which officially begins today. Who will totter around on ridiculously high heels, moaning quietly, yet smiling through gritted teeth? Who carries a spare pair of Manolo's in their Chanel shopper? People with a shoe fetish, that's who. Fashion is full of them. For this reason, The London Museum has decided to put on an exhibition called "Sole City: London Shoes from the 1st to the 21st Century" which started on Thursday.
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