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0101Tracy Chevalier2011012420111128

Five writers were invited to explore the meaning of clothes and accessories in a particular work of art, be it a story, novel, film, painting or song lyric.

How does the clothing resonate? What is the tale behind its depiction? Would the writer wear the garment themselves? Suits and dresses, coats and jewels, and even rags, all feature in accounts by a variety of commentators...

1.

Novelist Tracy Chevalier considers how a set of sparkling stones tease in Guy de Maupassant's famous story - The Necklace.

Producer Duncan Minshull.

Tracy Chevalier on the fate of some sparkling stones in de Maupassant's The Necklace.

Novelist Tracy Chevalier considers how a set of sparkling stones tease

in Guy de Maupassant's famous story - The Necklace.

0102Justin Cartwright2011012520111129

Five writers were invited to explore the meaning of clothes and accessories in a particular work of art, be it a story, novel, film, painting or song lyric.

How does the clothing resonate? What is the tale behind its depiction? Would the writer wear the garment themselves? Suits and dresses, coats and jewels, and even rags, all feature in accounts by a variety of commentators...

2.

Novelist Justin Cartwright thinks about corporate America, and how it is vividly caught in the novel, The Man in The Grey Flannel Suit.

Producer Duncan Minshull.

Justin Cartwright on corporate America and the novel The Man in the Grey Flannel Suit.

Novelist Justin Cartwright thinks about corporate America,

and how it is vividly caught in the novel, The Man in The Grey

Flannel Suit.

0103Laura Cumming2011012620111130

Five writers were invited to explore the meaning of clothes and accessories in a particular work of art, be it a story, novel, film, painting or song lyric.

How does the clothing resonate? What is the tale behind its depiction? Would the writer wear the garment themselves? Suits and dresses, coats and jewels, and even rags, all feature in accounts by a variety of commentators...

3 The art critic Laura Cumming ponders a particular black dress,

memorably painted by John Singer Sargent in the 1880's...

Producer Duncan Minshull.

Laura Cumming considers a famous black dress, memorably painted by John Singer Sargent.

0104Peter Bradshaw2011012720111201

Five writers were invited to explore the meaning of clothes and accessories in a particular work of art, be it a story, novel, film, painting or song lyric.

How does the clothing resonate? What is the tale behind its depiction? Would the writer wear the garment themselves? Suits and dresses, coats and jewels, and even rags, all feature in accounts by a variety of commentators...

4.

The critic Peter Bradshaw tells us about two red coats,

worn with sadness and with menace in the classic film, Don't

Look Now.

Producer Duncan Minshull.

Critic Peter Bradshaw on the two red coats worn in the film Don't Look Now.

0105 LASTAlexandra Shulman2011012820111202

Five writers were invited to explore the meaning of clothes and accessories in a particular work of art, be it a story, novel, film, painting or song lyric.

How does the clothing resonate? What is the tale behind its depiction? Would the writer wear the garment themselves? Suits and dresses, coats and jewels, and even rags, all feature in accounts by a variety of commentators...

5.

Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman recalls the words of Leonard Cohen's song Suzanne, and how they dressed a generation of young women..

Producer Duncan Minshull.

Alexandra Shulman on the Leonard Cohen song Suzanne and how it dressed young women.

Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman recalls the words of Leonard

Cohen's song Suzanne, and how they dressed a generation of

young women.

0201Charles's Cap (madame Bovary)2013021120140304

Five writers examine how an item of clothing or an accessory figures memorably in a work of art, be it in a book or film or painting. In this edition, Booker Prize- winning writer Julian Barnes begins with an unforgettable hat in the classic novel Madame Bovary.

Julian Barnes recalls a cap of 'composite order' worn at the beginning of Madame Bovary by the young Charles, and possibly the most famous school cap in literature...

Producer Duncan Minshull.

In subsequent editions in the series this week, Daisy Goodwin thinks about diamonds, Michael Bracewell remembers a vivid suit. Then Antonia Quirke muses on a spy's coat and a white shirt sported by a rock-star is recalled by Susannah Frankel.

0202Empress Elizabeth's Diamonds20130212

For a second time, five writers were invited to think about an item of clothing or an accessory that figures memorably in a work of art, be it in a book or film or painting. So Julian Barnes describes a particular hat, Daisy Goodwin thinks about diamonds, Michael Bracewell remembers a vivid suit. Then Antonia Quirke muses on a spy's coat and a white shirt sported by a rock-star is recalled by Susannah Frankel...

Daisy Goodwin is wowed by a set of stones that adorn

Empress Elizabeth of Austria, in a portrait by Winterhalter.

The portrait also has a tale to tell..

Producer Duncan Minshull

0203Gatsby's Suit20130213

For a second time, five writers were invited to think about an item of clothing or an accessory that figures memorably in a work of art, be it in a book or film or painting. So Julian Barnes describes a particular hat, Daisy Goodwin thinks about diamonds, Michael Bracewell remembers a vivid suit. Then Antonia Quirke muses on a spy's coat and a white shirt sported by a rock-star is recalled by Susannah Frankel...

MIchael Bracewell remembers how that 'pink rag of a suit' in The Great Gatsby suggested glamour, modernity, and romance to his sixteen year old self in 1974.

Thoughts of it now still bring a tear to the eye..

Producer Duncan Minshull

0204Alec Leamas's Coat (the Spy Who Came In From The Cold)2013021420140305

For a second time, five writers were invited to think about an item of clothing or an accessory that figures memorably in a work of art, be it in a book or film or painting. So Julian Barnes describes a particular hat, Daisy Goodwin thinks about diamonds, Michael Bracewell remembers a vivid suit. Then Antonia Quirke muses on a spy's coat and a white shirt sported by a rock-star is recalled by Susannah Frankel...

Antonia Quirke on a damp yet durable coat that appears in the film

The Spy Who Came in From The Cold. Which was made more

significant when worn by a certain Richard Burton..

Producer Duncan Minshull

For a second time, five writers were invited to think about an item of clothing or an accessory that figures memorably in a work of art, be it in a book or film or painting.

Antonia Quirke on a damp yet durable coat that appears in the film The Spy Who Came in From The Cold - which was made more significant when worn by a certain Richard Burton.

0205 LASTPatti Smith's Shirt2013021520140306

For a second time, five writers were invited to think about an item of clothing or an accessory that figures memorably in a work of art, be it in a book or film or painting.

Susannah Frankel liked wearing men's shirts, white and often handed down from her father. She was influenced by that classic record cover for Horses, where Patti Smith made such a garment look beyond cool...

Producer Duncan Minshull.

For a second time, five writers were invited to think about an item of clothing or an accessory that figures memorably in a work of art, be it in a book or film or painting. So Julian Barnes describes a particular hat, Daisy Goodwin thinks about diamonds, Michael Bracewell remembers a vivid suit. Then Antonia Quirke muses on a spy's coat and a white shirt sported by a rock-star is recalled by Susannah Frankel...

Susannah Frankel liked wearing men's shirts, white and often handed down from her father.

She was influenced by that classic record cover for Horses, where Patti Smith made such a garment look beyond cool.

0301James Whistler's Symphony In White, No 120160111

Five writers recall clothes and accessories that resonate vividly in works of art:

Art historian James Fox describes 'Symphony in White' No. 1, the painting by James Whistler that had everyone guessing about the wearer and the story behind her.

Producer Duncan Minshull

0302Francoise Sagan's Bonjour Tristesse20160112

Five writers recall clothes and accessories that resonate vividly in works of art:

Journalist Rachel Cooke remembers reading the best-seller Bonjour Tristesse as a teenager, in which a character's memorable slacks, or 'peddle pushers', said everything about French chic. Or so she thought.

0303Federico Fellini's 8 1/220160113

Five writers recall clothes and accessories that resonate vividly in works of art:

Author and critic Stephen Bayley on a pair of glasses sported brilliantly in the film 8 1/2 by Marcello Mastroianni. So classic and cool are the frames, that we desire them today.

Producer Duncan Minshull

0304F Scott Fitzgerald's Tender Is The Night20160114

Five writers recall clothes and accessories that resonate vividly in works of art:

Justine Picardie, author and editor of Harper's Bazaar, considers a whole pile of dresses and jewellery worn by Nicole Diver in Scott Fitzgerald's novel Tender Is The Night. And how Nicole's passion for clothes is mirrored by the author's wife, Zelda.

Producer Duncan Minshul.

0305 LASTRay Bradbury's The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit20160115

Five writers recall clothes and accessories that resonate vividly in works of art: The series started with a white dress and ends with a pristine white suit...

Author and journalist John Walsh describes the transformative powers of a 'two-piece', worn in turn by a motley bunch of blokes in Los Angeles and celebrated in Ray Bradbury's story 'The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit'.

Producer Duncan Minshull.