Long Reads, Reads

Rasputin and the image of fear

Oleg Mitrofanov and historian Mikhail Dvortsov take into consideration Rasputin and his image of sheer fear and power: How one peasant became the closest person to the ruler of one sixth of the world in the beginning of the 20th Century

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Issue 2, Long Reads, Reads

Close-up Queen: the Marchesa Casati

‘The Divine Marchesa: Art and Life of Luisa Casati from the Belle Époque to the Crazy Years’, the first-ever, full-scale exhibition celebrating this legendary figure, closes in only a few weeks. Authors Scot D. Ryersson and Michael Orlando Yaccarino shed some more light on the icon

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Issue 2, Long Reads, Reads

Cameron: The Scarlet Woman who bewitched Los Angeles

My very first approach to the art of Cameron was through the 1956 ten minutes-long film ‘The Wormwood Star’ by Curtis Harrington. Despite the few minutes of highly-stylised live action filming, the whole short is intensely based on Cameron’s esoteric illustrations, slowly filmed to the abstract, ravenous soundtrack by Philip Harland and Leona Wood. If you […]

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Fashion, Issue 2, Long Reads, Reads

CoCo! The Musical!

Louis Romanus treats us to an in-depth review of an almost forgotten piece of camp history: A musical extravaganza based on the life of Gabrielle Chanel, featuring a dazzling Katharine Hepburn in the lead role and costumes by Cecil Beaton

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