A reflective or dream-like melody, a prelude filled with bittersweet melancholy, the surrender to a nationalist impulse: all are quintessential Chopin. In his short life, Frédéric Chopin moved from the fashionable salons of Paris into history, as one of the greatest composers of mus
Comfortable flamboyance is the key to the fashion designs of Paul Smith. In his hands, bright colors and floral prints seem natural and even inviting. He embraces embellishment and extravagance while still paying heed to utilitarian goals, designing loose-fitting, ephemeral, yet sharp clothes that hi
On Christmas Day in 1908, a child born in London's drab suburbs was given the incredibly ordinary Christian name of Dennis Pratt. But this child knew right away that the ordinary was not for him. In due time Pratt would give himself a new name, one that befit his true persona: Quentin Crisp.
"The one important thing I have learnt over the years is the difference between taking one's work seriously and taking one's life seriously. The first is imperative and the second, disastrous." So decreed the legendary ballerina who was born Margaret Hookham, nicknamed Peggy, and eventually became kn