It was a delight to spend last evening In Conversation with legendary Biba creator Barbara Hulanicki beneath the suitable sparkling chandeliers of The Tearoom at the home of the Fashion Museum in Bath. Hulanicki has been a longtime style heroine of mine as you can see from the letter below, which I showed the designer […]

In 1978 while studying fashion at St Martin’s School of Art I designed a collection inspired by aircraft blueprints. The look was meant to be ultra-modernist, monochromatic and bereft of fuss. Silhouettes followed the construction of aircraft fuselage, patterned with a geometric crosscut of linear stitching that traced the detailed specifications featured on the plans. […]

Illustrator Angela Barrett wears Vivienne Westwood c.1990something. Photographed by IRW  

Last Thursday evening I was asked to give a personal guided tour of The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk at the Barbican. To accompany the talk I decided to construct a fanzine that would document my relationship with Jean Paul over the years, in print and out and […]

In June 1988 City Limits magazine ran a cover story titled Fashion’s New Mafia. It featured five male fashion journalists/stylists – Mark Connolly, Simon Foxton, Hamish Bowles, Marcus Von Ackermann and myself – described by writer Jessica Berens as ‘[the] new style arbiters…their power will grow’. In the second of a series I talk with Mark […]

“People would tell you, ‘I’m a stylist’ and we’d nudge each other and say, ‘They’re unemployed’. Everybody was a stylist, weren’t they? And, of course, there wasn’t such a thing as a stylist before that. We just put ourselves together. It wasn’t called ‘styling’. Isn’t that the funniest thing?” Scarlett Cannon, Style Icon, muses on […]

Just seen and rather taken by. Sculpture by Cathy Lewis, Paintings by Kristin Vestgard. Anthony Hepworth Fine Art Dealers, 16 Margarets Buildings, Brock Street, Bath. Show runs until 16th August. Broderie Anglais, 2014, Jesmonite/Slate. H: 82cm by Cathy Lewis

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