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Shaking her hair out of its tight bun to further suit the casting breakdown (“Italian bombshell, busty, curvaceous, Sophia Loren type”), she unbuttons the red receptionist uniform to reveal a low-cut strapless dress.
Muir is renowned for her development of the classic and elegant fashion aesthetic, and now a year after her eponymous label closed, her full design legacy has been distilled into a concise collection of highlights.
Urban Moves, Manchester’s summer festival of live professional dance performance outdoors, has reported huge successes in 2008.
The deadline is approaching for talented performance artists to take part in the 2009 decibel Performing Arts Showcase.
Art fairs are now considered by some dealers to be more important than gallery sales, but they will need to adapt to weather the economic downturn.
The urge goes well beyond a mere lowering of expectations, and it has more to do with protecting self-image than with psychological conflicts rooted in early development, in the Freudian sense. Recent research has helped clarify not just who is prone to self-handicapping but also its consequences — and its possible benefits.
Broadway sales last year hit $940,871,190, a calendar-year record - but just barely. Ditto attendance, which squeaked out a record of 12.32 million.
On the 200th anniversary of the birth of Braille's inventor, bestselling crime writer Ian Rankin has launched a campaign calling on writers, publishers and booksellers to make more books available to the visually impaired.
I heard on the radio that Waterford Wedgwood, makers of Britain's best-known ceramics, as well as Ireland's most famous crystal and glassware, was in the hands of receivers and, effectively, up for grabs.
A painting by Titian has sparked a political row after the Scottish Government confirmed it had pledged a "significant sum" towards its purchase.
Author Sebastian Barry and 91-year-old Diana Athill have been shortlisted for the Costa Book of the Year.
"Frost/Nixon" and "Doubt" are also, in very different ways, revelatory examples of how certain themes, emotions and truths simply cannot be fully and effectively transferred from stage to screen.
Laura Bush has sold a memoir of her eight years in the White House, allowing the battered book industry the light relief of speculating on the size of the advance paid to a high-profile author.
The way we read is changing. Time once spent curled up with a good book is now often devoted to catching up on blogs, and browsing Web sites. One publishing company is trying to take advantage of those habits, offering fiction in serial form, online.
Daniel Libeskind has proposed a tower next to Manhattan’s Madison Square with huge multifloor gashes hacked out of its tubular form. Were it to be built, it would be a crude and unavoidable reminder of the horrors of 9/11.
The first Sunday of 2009 saw the closing of nine Broadway shows. It’s a safe bet that no performance was more raucous than the “Hairspray” finale after 6 1/2 years at the Neil Simon Theatre.
Practitioners are concerned that their old English folk tradition is about to disappear from the national heritage.
It's musical learning at the highest level at the downtown Los Angeles school.
It had 7,000 events, involving 10,000 artists and 60 premieres. But was Liverpool's year of culture a success? Alfred Hickling gives his verdict.
"Musical training used to fuel the fires of condescension (from both sides) and genre was to be worn like a badge of authenticity; 'I am rock, you are classical and never the twain shall meet'. Personally, I am looking forward to a future characterised by unclassifiable, adaptable musicians, for whom style and training are mere tools."
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