'Men get to be a mixture of the charming mannerisms of the women they have known.' Scott F. Fitzgerald
Gay Talese: Pioneer of New Journalism
The Rake celebrates the free-living, lavish-loving, sterling-wordsmithing, bespoke-tailored life Gay Talese.
Elaine Kaufman: Manhattan’s Madame
Elaine Kaufman’s eponymous restaurant became an unofficial member’s club for New York’s most happening hellraisers, but not one was a match for her spirited disposition.
Dapper Dan: Harlem’s Hip Hop Tailor
The originator of luxury streetwear, Dapper Dan created clothing for those marginalised by high fashion, helping to cement his iconic status in New York City and beyond.
The Notorious B.I.G.: Life After Death
It is 20 years since the rapper Christopher Wallace, a.k.a. the Notorious B.I.G., was murdered. Though his work received critical acclaim, he held no lofty artistic pretensions — for him, commercial and material success was all.
Bill and Babe Paley: The Royalty Of Revelry
Media mogul William S. Paley and his socialite wife Barbara ‘Babe’ Cushing Mortimer Paley were more than just a complex ‘It’ couple — their famous New York soirées took American style and glamour to dizzying new heights.
Cathy Moriarty: The Bronx Knockout
Cathy Moriarty was perfectly cast as the doe-eyed wife whose cheekbones were no defence against Jake LaMotta’s temper. Raging Bull, the 1980 classic, made Moriarty an overnight success, but Hollywood has not been kind to her since.
Mickey Rourke: The Pope Of Greenwich Village
Mickey Rourke has glimpsed the gates of hell and doesn’t want to return. Fortunately, even in the seventh decade of a tumultuous life, cinema seems to provide an outlet for the actor’s emotion.
David Bailey & Jean Shrimpton: Breaking the Class Ceiling
This iconic swinging London couple embodied the ’60s shift of British culture from the upper class to the masses.