He drank with Sartre, mocked Picasso and took silent walks with Beckett – but his work was going nowhere until a vision on Boulevard Montparnasse left him trembling. Ahead of a major Tate show, we explore the obsessions of Giacometti
Henry Jeffreys raises a glass to the British pub – and goes in search of volcanic wines
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From Queen Victoria’s mother’s pantaloons to Kim Kardashian’s ‘butt-lifters’ – an exhibition about the history of underwear explores the beautiful and bizarre inventions beneath our clothes
It wouldn’t be ‘Vogueland’ without Shrimpton and Moss, Bailey and Beaton, but this new exhibition of Vogue images at the National Portrait Gallery also offers a long record of British life, from Woolf to Winterson, Bowie to Beckham
In early modern Europe, as political power shifted, one country became a leader in luxury. Now the V&A’s new galleries reveal how, through conflict and colonialism, France gained its artistic supremacy
A bubble-bath necklace? A DNA vending machine? An unwearable gold hat that took 12 years to weave? Through a collection of priceless, pointless and surprising objects, the V&A’s new exhibition asks: what is luxury?