The hedonistic partying ways of young starlets like Rihanna have nothing on the club kids of the Eighties – as the Victoria & Albert Museum's summer exhibition will attest.
The concept of a working man’s club was turned on its head for three days this week, as a host of female models, actors and fashionable creatives were invited to enjoy an exclusive pop-up members only club courtesy of Miuccia Prada.
'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
Researchers have tried to quantify how happy people are by charting the emotion on an index. From Tuesday, it is the turn of the arts to explain happiness, with a new exhibition aiming to express the emotion through objects.
Super-elevated, cobalt blue Gillie platforms so high even Naomi Campbell took a catwalk tumble in a pair in 1993, equally vertiginous wooden "rocking horse" soles and, of course, the famous "pirate" boot first shown in 1981 and a bestseller to this day. These are just some of Vivienne Westwood's best-loved shoe designs, featured in the new fashion and textile gallery at the Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle, Co Durham, from today until 10 July.
The Fashion Museum in Bath remains among this country's best-kept secrets.
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Elton John opened his own pop-up shop in Covent Garden to sell his old outfits. Kylie Minogue's costumes were the subject of an exhibition at the V&A. Yet despite being the frontman for the band named "Best Act in the World Today" at this week's Q Awards, Kasabian's Tom Meighan chose to dispose of the contents of his wardrobe at his local branch of Oxfam, in Leicester. The singer recently made two trips to deposit more than 100 items at the charity shop, including an £800 Vivienne Westwood jacket, signed T-shirts and Leicester City football strips. Meighan wore many of the garments at gigs and festivals; they have, allegedly, been washed since. "He was quite interested in how much money we made," store manager Ahsan Sheikh told the Leicester Mercury. "I said I'd let him know." (Let us know, too!) Among the apparel from Meighan's collection available to buy online is a pair of black jeans, which staff have helpfully placed in the "Women's Clothing" section of the store's website. Hmm. I always thought they looked a bit tight.
“Shoes must have very high heels and platforms to put women’s beauty on a pedestal,” said fashion designer Vivienne Westwood.
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
Vivienne Westwood would rather we saved the planet than bought her dresses these days, and her campaign against global warming has taken her everywhere from the G20 protests to... a first-class seat on a Virgin Atlantic flight? Harriet Walker listens in as the maverick fashion designer persuades Richard Branson, the airline's owner, to join her mission
Ascot hasn't been this cool since Cecil Beaton did the costumes for My Fair Lady. Providing a sartorial sanctuary in a sea of safe dresses and high-street hats, British designers Luella Bartley, Vivienne Westwood, Gieves & Hawkes and milliner Stephen Jones demonstrated the art of breaking the rules. Their fashion show took place during a four-course lunch at the Bessborough Restaurant, where models including William Gladstone's great-great-great granddaughter, Olivia Inge, strode the catwalk while a champagne-fuelled audience whooped with approval.
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.