Fear and clothing: Why fashion matters

The FT’s style editor on why fashion matters – no matter who you are


Russian President Vladimir Putin ©AP
The Russian president is blamed in the west for the conflict in eastern Ukraine – in this essay from 2012, John Lloyd reviewed four books on Putin’s policies
Illustration by James Ferguson of Frank Auerbach ©James Ferguson
The reclusive 83-year-old artist – whose work is now on display at Tate Britain – shared prawn sandwiches with Jackie Wullschlager in the autumn of 2012
flea market in the surrounding of the Acropolis. The sense of urgency with which the two men proceed, looks to me like they were running for their lifes, taking with them their most precious belongings. I know they're just selling stuff, but I do see a metaphor here
©Carlos Spottorno

Martin Wolf’s ‘The Shifts and the Shocks’

Joseph Stiglitz applauds a new book on the financial crisis by the FT’s chief economics commentator

illustration of John Lanchester by James Ferguson
©James Ferguson

John Lanchester

Over octopus and cod, the banker’s son and writer talks to John Gapper about London, rising inequality and his love of good food

Tim Moore with Oliver Rampley (left of picture) and a siluro caught by Moore
©Michele Borzoni

Hunting monstrous catfish in Florence

Beneath the city’s historic bridges, lumbering beasts lurk in the depths of the river Arno – and a new company is taking tourists to tackle them

Jonathan Goddard as Dracula and Kristin McGuire as Lucy in Mark Bruce’s ‘Dracula’
©Farrows Creative

‘Dracula’: the ballet with added bite

Two dance versions of Bram Stoker’s horror story are winging their way to British stages this month

Detail of a photograph of a model by Horst for Vogue
©Condé Nast/Horst Estate

Horst P Horst in focus

An exhibition at the V&A in London shines new light on the fashion photographer

Michael Keaton (left) and Edward Norton square up in ‘Birdman’, showing in Venice and already tipped for Oscars
©Rex Features

Clash of the film titans

As the Venice Film Festival begins, the competition among rival festivals such as Toronto and New York grows ever more fierce

Mission Specialist Bruce McCandless II ‘free-flying’ using a nitrogen jet propelled backpack

‘Sapiens’, by Yuval Noah Harari

A provocative new history of civilisation considers a post-human future. Review by John Gray

Viewers In Burbank, Calif., watch the Metropolitan Opera’s broadcast of “The Magic Flute” on Dec. 30, 2006. It was first of six productions to be broadcast from the Met through April
©New York Times/Redux/Eyevine

Hot ticket: live-streaming theatre productions in cinemas

Isabel Berwick on the pros and cons of live-streaming theatrical performances in cinemas

Paul Richardson (in white T-shirt) in the dining car
©Markel Redondo

The train in Spain

A new service lets travellers experience classic Spanish fiestas from the comfort of a hotel on wheels



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