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Icons August 2016
One of the most harmonious love affairs in art history — that between Balthus and Setsuko Klossowska — unfurled despite a cultural gulf, a three-decade age gap, and one of…
Icons July 2016
They say love is blind: The Rake explores how “little R.C” overcame the adversity of his disability in the racially charged South, to become The Father of Soul.
How else is the modern rake expected to survive in this world of heartbreak and upheaval?
Code July 2016
Memories of a wedding are won and lost in the outcome of the honeymoon. You may be surprised to hear, though our Editor has no problem going into detail, that there…
As these lifelong singletons attest, bachelorhood is no barrier to hitting the bigtime.
The last in our series of rakish romances features another which broke all the rules, and blossomed all the more for it – Truman Capote and Jack Dunphy.
Where would the world's most respected and admired artists be today had it not been for the inspiration and infatuation of the beautiful women who became their muses?
In the wake of a new exhibition exploring Picasso’s relationship with his muses, The Rake asks whether the greatest artist of the 20th century would have achieved such fame and fortune without…
Style July 2016
Erotic watches are nothing new. The earliest can be traced back to the late 17th century, when the wealthy would commission painted or engraved scenes of a saucy nature
How do you sum up a love affair kept secret for three decades? Ed Cripps examines Katharine Hepburn and her clandestine relationship with the moody, mercurial (and married) Spencer Tracy.
Craft July 2016
After eight fittings and many months of anticipation, Editor Tom Chamberlin’s marvelous bespoke morning suit finally gets its big day…
She is the daughter of a doomed German resistance fighter who used modelling as an escape from the pain of her childhood. ‘I am Veruschka’, she would say, ‘and I’d…