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Fashion house Prada has announced that it is to stop using fur from next year. A message on the company’s Twitter account reads; “As part of the #PradaGroup, #Prada has announced, in collaboration with the @FurFreeAlliance, that it will no longer use animal fur in its designs or new products, starting with #PradaSS20 Women’s collections. #PradaGroupFurFree#FurFreeRetailer#FutureofFashion#FurFree.”                     Animal fur will not be used in its designs...

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IM Pei, the Chinese-American architect best known for his designs for the Louvre and the Washington National Gallery, has died at the age of 102. Born in Canton but brought up mainly in Shanghai, he chose to study in the US, arriving in 1935, aged 17, and found himself stranded by the Second World War. He studied at Boston under Walter Gropius and Marcel Bruer, and developed a style of architecture influenced both by the...

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As the Amazon Prime adaptation of Good Omens, the cult-favourite novel by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, nears its release, paintings of Neil Gaiman by Lorna May Wadsworth are to be unveiled at Philip Mould’s Pall Mall gallery. The six-part series Good Omens, starring David Tennant and Michael Sheen, is released worldwide on Amazon Prime Video on May 31 2019. The portraits will be showcased among Holbein and Van Dyck paintings at Philip Mould’s prestigious Pall...

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An academic from the University of Bristol claims to have succeeded where cryptographers, linguists and programmers have failed, by decoding the meaning of the ‘world’s most mysterious text’, the Voynich Manuscript. The meaning of the manuscript, carbon dated to the 1400s and discovered in an Italian monastery in 1912 by book dealer Wilfred Voynich, has eluded scholars for decades. The manuscript is small, seven by ten inches, but thick, nearly 235 pages. Illustrated with botanical,...

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BMW has announced the launch of the most powerful models in the Mini brand’s sixty year history, the Mini John Cooper Works Clubman and Mini John Cooper Works Countryman. The 225 kW/306 hp 4-cylinder turbo engine in the new Mini John Cooper Works Clubman and Mini John Cooper Works Countryman is claimed to display outstanding performance in the compact premium segment. In both models, the powerful engine is combined as standard with a new eight-speed...

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The Jury of the 58th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia has announced that the Golden Lion Award has gone to Lithuania for Sun & Sea (Marina), a performance piece about global warming in which operatic singers lie on an artificial beach. Lina Lapelyte, Vaiva Grainyte and Rugile Barzdziukaite created the piece, which debuted at Vilnius’s National Gallery of Arts in 2017 in Lithuanian and was adapted into English for the Biennale. Other...

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From Friday 24th May to Sunday 26th May 2019, the Grand Hotel Villa d’Este and Villa Erba will be the exclusive and unique settings for the Concorso d’Eleganza, a regular event giving guests the chance to admire the finest historic cars and motorcycles of their eras. The Grand Hotel Villa d’Este is one of the world’s most iconic hotels, located on the shores of Lake Como, with around 50 historic cars built between the 1920s and...

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The Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA) has revealed the results of new research into the Prittlewell Anglo-Saxon burial chamber. First excavated in 2003, the small plot of land in Prittlewell, Essex revealed an astonishingly well-preserved burial chamber adorned with rare and precious objects; however, many of the burial chamber’s secrets lay concealed beneath centuries of earth and corrosion and have only been revealed now. The research, led by MOLA and funded by Southend-on-Sea Borough Council...

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The Tate Modern has announced a major Andy Warhol exhibition as part of its 2020 programme across its four UK galleries. The gallery said there would be Warhol works many people were familiar with, including his pop images of the soup cans and Marilyn Monroe, as well as more rarely seen work from the 1970s that, curators argue, show his skills as a painter. Also announced are shows featuring the scandalous drawings of Aubrey Beardsley...

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The Design Museum, London celebrates the work of one of the greatest filmmakers of the 20th century in an exhibition from April 26th to September 15th 2019. The exhibition was previewed on April 25th, and opened by Kubrick’s widow Christiane, brother-in-law and executive producer Jan Harlan, daughter and photographer Katharina, co-curator Deyan Sudjic, and advisor Alan Yentob. The exhibition includes important works by designers Hardy Amies, Saul Bass, Milena Canonero and Ken Adam, art and...

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