• John Galliano

    John Galliano

    by Michael Sones Well, what a time it has been for John Galliano at the Paris Fashion Week 2001! The fashion writers have raved about the British designer’s latest inspirational haute couture for the house of Dior which, in the tradition of underwear becoming outerwear a la Madonna in the 1980s, has turned the fashion

  • Beauty and the ‘Cult of Celebrity’

    by Kasey West Fame is not a new phenomenon. Characters of renown were admired in Ancient Greek and early Christian cultures (1). Military, political and romantic heroes were worshipped similarly in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Tales of their achievements formed the basis of the pedestal on which they were raised. However, the ‘Graphic Revolution’

  • Rebel Poets – Hula Hoops and Elvis

    Rebel Poets – Hula Hoops and Elvis

    by Dr Margaret Manning The Presley popularity is based on: “adulation of youth, youth that is raw, untrained and undisciplined, youth which worships the most primitive urges and physical appeal, youth which has no truck with its elders.” Richard Coe, Washington Post (1977). The ‘feel good’ post World War II optimism of America is often

  • Love in Black and White

    Love in Black and White

    Ever since the Lakers won the NBA championships, Kobe Bryant’s picture has been circulating on the web. But this particular photo has nothing to do with the Lakers’ victory, basketball, rap music or any other aspect of Bryant’s public persona. What’s landing in e-mail inboxes worldwide is a picture of the basketball sensation’s beautiful companion

  • Marilyn: Candle in the Wind

    by Michael Sones “I want to grow old without facelifts. I want to have the courage to be loyal to the face I have made.” Marilyn Monroe Marilyn Monroe, one of the most famous women of the twentieth century, was born Norma Jean Mortenson in June, 1926, in Los Angeles, USA. She was Marilyn, the