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'I'd make something, drop it off and she'd give me £50 cash for it. It was a lifeline'
Olympians may be gods among men, but that doesn't automatically equate to sartorial success. Lee Holmes hands out the medals
'I didn't talk to my teddy till I was 30'
Dame Vivienne trawls the past for inspiration
The Fashion Museum in Bath remains among this country's best-kept secrets.
Fashion editor Susannah Frankel celebrates the life and work of our most imaginative – and imitated – designer
The restoration of Sir John Soane's Museum offers an enticing new view of one of the world's most sumptuous architectural treats, says Jay Merrick
What to see and where to be seen
A new exhibition at Kensington Palace sees some of our best-loved British designers taking inspiration from the building's royal history. We are amused, says Harriet Walker
This shepherd's tale could do with a killer aria, but lo – there is a star
For years it has tormented him and delighted opponents. With Geoff Hoon back in the spotlight, so his unflattering nickname, "Buff Hoon", has once again sprung to the fore. And now, it appears the origin of the former cabinet minister's moniker has been found.
"It was the most unpleasant thing that has ever happened to me while filming – having my undercarriage dealt with by gaffer tape."
Andrew Marr dons a vintage bathing suit for the filming of A History of Modern Britain
First Secretary of State, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills and Lord President of the Council... Pandora very much hopes that Baron Mandelson of Foy in the county of Herefordshire and Hartlepool in the county of Durham hasn't let his ever-lengthening collection of titles go to his head.
A queue of eager guests snaked around Jay Jopling's White Cube in Mayfair last week for the private view of Tracey Emin's exhibition, Those Who Suffer Love – her first London show in four years.
The Lady used to be fusty, dusty and full of stairlift ads – but no more. Sophie Morris meets the man who is giving the weekly women's magazine a much-needed facelift
Penny at the trendy flower shop Scentevent thought spring flowers would be the thing – cut hyacinths at £10 a bunch, Soleil d'Or or the last of the Paperwhite narcissus from the Scilly Islands at £5 a bunch. The florist Paul Hawkins thought his mum would like freesias. "Not the white ones though. Something a bit mauvy, a bit pinky." We're talking Mother's Day here, the day (it's tomorrow) when florists shift even more flowers than they do on Valentine's Day. For my mother, the day still meant violets, because that was the traditional thing to give when Mother's Day was still called Mothering Sunday, a rare day off when girls in service walked home with flowers they had picked on the way.