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ART AND DESIGN

Mario Tavella

Mario Tavella is Chairman of Sotheby's Europe, and President General Director of Sotheby's France. You have worked at Sotheby’s since 1991, so you must have a loyal personality type? Let’s say that it took me a long time to find a job that I liked. I finally found a...

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Christopher Niquet

Christopher Niquet is the creative director at the New York fashion house of his partner, the American designer Zac Posen. A few months ago you published "Models Matter", a book of photographs and short essays about your favorite models. Are models and beauty an...

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Pierre Berge

Pierre Bergé was the business-partner and companion of the couturier Yves Saint Laurent. In 1961 they co-founded the eponymous fashion-house, and they became legal civil partners shortly before the designer died on June 1st 2008. Bergé and Saint Laurent made Morocco...

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Keith Christiansen

Keith Christiansen is the John Pope-Hennessy Chairman of the Department of European Paintings at the Metropolitan Museum in New York. What's happening in your department at the Metropolitan Museum at the moment?  In the European Paintings department there is a very...

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Olivier Berggruen

You are the curator of the show “Picasso. Between Cubism and Classicism: 1915-1925” that will open in Rome on September 20th at the Scuderie del Quirinale and at Palazzo Barberini. What is so special about this exhibition? Just to give you some...

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Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni

Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni is the author of Sam Spiegel, Tino Zervudachi, Loulou de la Falaise, Monsieur Dior, BiYan and Vogue on Yves Saint Laurent. Fraser-Cavassoni was the European Editor for Harper’s Bazaar from 1999-2004 after serving as a staff member and...

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Christian Louboutin

This classic interview with Christian Louboutin was first published in La Stampa on 3rd June 2012. The Design Museum of London is holding a retrospective honouring Christian Louboutin’s twenty-year career. The show runs through 9 July. Mr. Louboutin, what can you tell...

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Bella Freud

Fashion designer Bella Freud was born in London and studied in Rome. She is renowned for her signature jumpers Je t’aime Jane, Ginsberg is God and 1970. Fans of Bella Freud include Alexa Chung, Laura Bailey, Kate Moss and Alison Mosshart. You just came back to London...

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Luisa Beccaria

The designer Luisa Beccaria’s aesthetic and style has taken shape through beautiful dresses, often shown among art galleries and enchanted gardens. Her haute couture collections with lustrous fabrics and exceptional quality demonstrate her inspired creativity on the...

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Timothy Radcliffe

Dominican friar Timothy Radcliffe is a member of the community at Blackfriars, Oxford, and was Master of the Order of Preachers from 1992 to 2001. He is the author of a number of very popular books drawn from his experiences. There is too much religious fanaticism in...

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Robin Lane Fox

Robin Lane Fox is an English classicist, ancient historian and gardening writer known for his works on Alexander the Great. At the University of Oxford he serves as Garden Master and as Extraordinary Lecturer in Ancient History for both New and Exeter Colleges. He has...

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Ben Thomas

Ben Thomas is Chair of  the Museums & Exhibitions Group of the Association of Art Historians, and co-curator with Catherine Whistler of Raphael: The Drawings at the Ashmolean Museum (1 June – 3 September 2017). This outstanding exhibition is described by the...

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Carla & Silvia Fendi

We republish this June 2015 interview in fond memory and appreciation of Carla Fendi, who died June 20 2017.   Today Spoleto acknowledges the contribution Carla Fendi has made to the town and confers honorary citizenship on her.  A few days ago I met up with...

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Simon Sebag Montefiore

Dr. Montefiore is an historian of Russia and the Middle East. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, he has been awarded the Literary Prize Lupicaia del Terriccio 2017 for his book ‘The Romanovs: 1613-1918’. He is the author of ‘Catherine the Great and Potemkin:...

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Anita Pallenberg

Anita Pallenberg is an actress, model, and fashion designer. Born in Italy in 1944 she was the partner of the Rolling Stones’ guitarist Brian Jones and then the partner of Keith Richards. Anita, you have worked in the worlds of cinema, music and fashion. Would you...

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Anda Rowland

Since 2004 Anda Rowland has run Anderson & Sheppard, one of the best known men’s bespoke tailoring companies in London. At the core of Anderson & Sheppard is the English Drape cut: a now classic suiting silhouette, which surfaced as a comfier alternative to...

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Jonathan Taplin

Jon Taplin wrote the book Move Fast and Break Things: How Google, Facebook and Amazon Have Cornered Culture and What It Means For All Of Us. The Guardian newspaper review described the book’s central argument as being that “the titans of the digital age frequently...

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Suzy Menkes

Suzy Menkes is a leading British journalist and fashion critic. Formerly the fashion editor for the International Herald Tribune she is now International Fashion Editor for 19 editions of Vogue online. Why did you become a fashion editor? Is fashion your lifelong...

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Arabella Lennox-Boyd

Lady Arabella Lennox-Boyd has been designing gardens for over 40 years and has received numerous Gold Medals for Show Gardens at the Chelsea Flower Show. Currently a Trustee for the Chelsea Physic Garden, she also served as a Trustee of Kew Gardens for nine years....

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Dan Colen

Daniel Colen is an artist based in New York. His work consists of painted sculptures appropriating low-cultural ephemera, graffiti-inspired paintings of text executed in paint, and installations. His Purgatory Paintings are on show at MDC, Massimo de Carlo Gallery in...

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Jeff Zalaznick

"The most famous restaurant space in America." Jeff how many restaurants do you and your partners in the Major Food Group have today? We have 14 including the two new ones that are just opening, The Grill and The Pool, a steakhouse and a seafood restaurant. Are the...

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Tamara Chalabi

Life in Iraq today is archaic and dysfunctional - and on show at the 57th Venice Biennale. Tamara Chalabi is co-founder and Chair of the Ruya Foundation for Contemporary Culture in Iraq. She is co-curator of Archaic at the National Pavilion of Iraq for the 57th...

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Michael Benson and Fariba Farshad

Photo London was created by Michael Benson and Fariba Farshad to give London an international photography event befitting the city’s status as a global cultural capital. Photo London harnesses the city’s outstanding creative talent and brings together some of the...

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Maria Grazia Chiuri

"A global vision for the Dior brand." Creating the very personal language of global fashion. Italian fashion designer Maria Grazia Chiuri is the new creative director of Dior. You are the first woman creative director of Dior, following in the footsteps of Christian...

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Duro Olowu

"Michelle Obama was a real supporter and I felt very honoured because she wore very few non-American designers." Duro Olowu is a Nigerian-born, London-based fashion designer. He is best known for the "Duro dress" and his innovative combinations of patterns and...

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Sterling Ruby

Being an artist represents autonomy. The American artist Sterling Ruby works in a large variety of media including ceramics, painting, drawing, collage, sculpture and video. Proclaimed as one of the most interesting artists to emerge in the twentieth century, and...

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Gerard Baker

Gerard Baker is Editor-in-Chief of Dow Jones and The Wall Street Journal. He served as Deputy Editor-in-Chief between 2009 and 2013. Previously, he was U.S. editor and an assistant editor of the Times of London. In 1994, he joined the Financial Times as Tokyo...

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Laurent Le Bon

Laurent Le Bon is Director of the Picasso Museum in Paris, the Musée National Picasso. Your previous career was as a Professor and a curator, and now you are the Director of the Picasso Museum in Paris. What is the right profile for the director of an institution...

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Paolo Sorrentino

"Cinema alleviates the pain that comes from solitude." Paolo Sorrentino is an Academy Award winning film director and screenwriter. For the first time he has made a television serial, ‘The Young Pope’ produced by Sky Atlantic, HBO and Canal+. It has had great success,...

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Norman Foster

Norman Foster was born in Manchester, England. He graduated from Manchester University School of Architecture and City Planning and won a Henry Fellowship to Yale University in 1961, where he gained a Master’s Degree in Architecture. In 1963 he co-founded Team 4 and...

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ANITA PALLENBERG

Anita Pallenberg is an actress, model, and fashion designer. Born in Italy in 1944 she was the partner of the Rolling Stones’ guitarist Brian Jones and then the partner of Keith Richards. Anita, you have worked in the worlds of cinema, music and fashion. Would you define yourself as an eclectic person? I would say... READ MORE

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