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From culture to couture

Penelope Gilliatt

21 February 1985
The ‘Vogue’ Bedside Book 
edited by Josephine Ross.
Hutchinson, 256 pp., £9.95, October 1984, 0 09 158520 1
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The Art of Zandra Rhodes 
by Anne Knight and Zandra Rhodes.
Cape, 240 pp., £18, November 1984, 0 395 37940 7
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... the years of British Vogue’s features pages, blessed as they are with the additional merit of having no advertising hitched to their subject-matter. The ‘Vogue’ Bedside Book is put together by JosephineRoss, a Vogue Talent Contest finalist. (This is a nerve-racking affair with 15 finalists meeting 15 Condé Nast hierarchs at a lunch, held in my day at the Hyde Park Hotel. The Condé Nast judges ...


Stephen Frears: That's Hollywood

20 December 1990
... am still surprised that John Malkovich agreed to play Valmont without having it written in his contract that he didn’t have to die. It would have left him available for Dangerous Liaisons II. Diana Ross, on her way to Paris to make a ‘highly personal’ (auteuriste?) film about Josephine Baker, was asked if she was going to write the script herself: someone else, she trilled, would have to do ...


Craig Raine: In Moscow

22 March 1990
... in Moscow, sent to us by the poet Andrei Voznesensky, head of the Writers’ Union. It turns out that the other English guest is Jeremy Treglown, the editor of the Times Literary Supplement. Josephine Pasternak, the poet’s only surviving sister, and Sir Isaiah Berlin were to have been the first team, we later learn. But even as substitutes, we have everything made easy. We supply three ...

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