Year: 2019

Climate Emergency: A Dystopian Future with a Dramatic End

The Financial Times and Chelsea’s Royal Court Theatre have collaborated to produce Climate Change: what do you want me to say? – a filmed monologue about the climate crisis. The nine-minute film, written by Chris Thorpe and directed by Juliet Riddell from the FT, takes the form of a newscast from 2050. Featuring Nicola Walker, as newsreader, Climate Change: what do you want me to say? dramatically explores visions of both a dystopian and utopian future and raises questions about our planet’s climate emergency. It asks why it is taking the world so long to deal with it in the serious and urgent manner that is needed. Before writing Climate Change: what do you want me to say? Chris Thorpe and the Royal Court Theatre’s Vicky Featherstone (Artistic Director) and Lucy Davies (Executive Producer) met with Financial Times journalists Pilita Clarke and Leslie Hook to discuss the climate crisis. Areas covered included looking at the role of news and how communications around global heating may not be helping actions needed now. Juliet Riddell, producer and director of …

Dior’s Designer of Dreams is Most Visited Show in V&A’s History

Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams has smashed visitor records at the Victoria and Albert Museum after a blockbuster first run in Paris. The cultural attraction confirmed 594,994 had come through its doors surpassing the previous attendance figures recorded for Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty in 2015 by over 100,000 visitors. The blockbuster show was still drawing the crowds 48 hours before the retrospective came to an end on 1 September. The most comprehensive exhibition ever staged in the UK on the House of Dior, Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams traced the history and impact of the brand from 1947 to the present day examining one of the 20th century’s most influential couturiers, and the six artistic directors who have succeeded him. Drawn from the extensive Dior Archives and the V&A’s extensive Couture collections, the exhibition presented over 500 objects, with over 200 rare Haute Couture garments shown alongside accessories, fashion photography, film, vintage perfume, original make-up, illustrations, magazines, and Christian Dior’s personal possessions.  Based on the major exhibition Christian Dior: Couturier du Rêve, organised by the …

J’Adior! Record-breaking Dior Show Totes and Tees Flew off the Shelves

Dior and fashion fans were still zig-zagging round the block 48 hours before the show closed at Albertopolis on 1 September. The V&A’ s most popular show in history had had its equivalent of an encore after it was extended for a further seven weeks. A first run at Paris’ Musee des Arts Decoratifs which closed in early 2018, had also become one of the city’s most visited of all time. Even sales of the specially designed tote bag to commemorate the show at £25 a pop had been limited to three per customer. A sophisticated queuing system was operational and stopped right at the first room of curated exhibits. But Monsieur Dior had not always been a darling of the masses, sparking protests in fashion capitals with his radical reinvention of the hemline in 1949. Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor bemoaned the fate of some thirty of her most striking dresses after Dior lowered the hemline to 15 1/2 inches, but agreed with Dior’s new revolutionary length dresses. The designer felt that skirt lengths should …

Prince George at 6 shows Why he’s England’s No.1 Fan

Prince George has shown his true colours by donning the England football home kit to mark his sixth birthday in official photographs released by Kensington Palace. He was captured recently in the garden of their home at Kensington Palace by his mother, the Duchess of Cambridge, an aspiring amateur photographer. Prince George was born July 22, 2013 and is third in the line of succession to the British throne. Proving he is no different from any other football-obsessed boy up and down the land, he can be seen in his Three Lions strip rolling around in the grass and looking pleased with himself. In another portrait he is pictured starring straight into camera on holiday at an undisclosed location wearing a green polo top and a striped shorts. His other siblings, Princess Charlotte, four and Prince Louis, one, do not appear in the photographs, but have also been captured for the media by the duchess in earlier portraits showing their development and other milestones.

What, No Likes? Instagram to End ‘Popularity Contest’

Instagram is removing the ‘likes’ count from posts in a trial across seven countries to “remove pressure” on users of the popular social media platform. It is a tacit acknowledgement of the negative effects social media behemoths — with over one billion users — like Instagram have on the wellbeing of its users. The beta trial which does not include the UK has been rolled out in Australia, Brazil, Ireland, Italy, Japan and New Zealand. Instagram said in a statement: “We want your friends to focus on the photos and videos you share, not how many likes they get. “You can still see your own likes by tapping on the list of people who’ve liked it, but your friends will not be able to see how many likes your post has received. “We’re looking forward to learning more about how this change might benefit everyone’s experience on Instagram.” The new initiative comes after research linked social media platforms, especially visual channels like Instagram to mental anxieties experienced by young people and influencers. Users’ status anxieties …

Victoria Beckham’s Pride Quiz Gets Some Interesting Answers

Victoria Beckham recently put her staff on the spot at her Hammersmith HQ in west London when she asked that age-old question in celebration of Gay Pride Month: “What does love mean to you?” The responses were varied, thought-provoking and eye-opening. The fashion designer who is also celebrating two decades of married life with husband David summed the definition up with her own interpretation: “Love to me is what everyone should experience in their life, no matter where you are from, no matter who you love.” She had earlier designed a t-shirt to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising in New York when gays fought for equal rights. She said: “I wanted to celebrate the #LGBTQ+ community and their continued message of positive change and inclusivity. I have always felt a deep connection to the LGBTQ+ community and am proud to help support their fight for equality.” View this post on Instagram A post shared by Victoria Beckham (@victoriabeckham) on Jun 26, 2019 at 2:58am PDT

D-Day: WWII Hero who Planned Normandy Landings at his Old School

General Bernard Law Montgomery was especially chuffed to be back in his old stomping grounds, St Paul’s School for boys in Hammersmith, west London, where he’d been a pupil from 1902 to 1906. The school had been commandered to serve as the headquarters of the 21 Army Group. What filled him with so much pleasure was that he was now ensconced in the High Master’s office with its distinct terracotta facade. From here he would go on to mastermind Operation Overlord which culminated in the D-Day Normandy landings on 6 June 1944. He lived across the road in Latymer Court where ‘A’ mess was established. Normandy Landings It was in the boardroom that the Allied commanders, led by General Dwight Eisenhower and Montgomery planned the invasion and liberation of German-occupied Europe, including the D-Day landings. King George VI and the Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, visited them here to approve the plans on the 15th May 1944. Operation Overlord started on the beaches of Normandy, on the 6th June. Operation Neptune Codenamed ‘Operation Neptune’ and often …