Beauty

Polite postmodernism: Burbridge Close, Dagenham, by Peter Barber Architects is a recent housing development for the elderly that Roger Scruton approves of

Here's what I want from modern architecture, explains housing tsar Roger Scruton

23 February 2019 9:00 am

Architecture needs to stop aiming for the ‘iconic’ and focus on everyday beauty, says Roger Scruton, the new housing tsar

Scourge of puritans: Christian Dior with model Sylvie, c.1948

How an anarchist music student became one of the fashion greats: the life of Christian Dior

9 February 2019 9:00 am

How an anarchist music student became one of the fashion greats, with the help of a fortune-teller: Melanie McDonagh on the extraordinary life of Christian Dior

Radio 1 Vintage was a trip too far down memory lane for me

7 October 2017 9:00 am

Think back to that morning in September 1967 when the Light Programme was split in two, Tony Blackburn launching Radio…

Happiness is being a Mormon

10 December 2016 9:00 am

Here we go again, my 40th Christmas column in a row, and it seems only two weeks ago that I…

My newest crush is Morgan Lake – the perfect combination of grace, youth and beauty

27 August 2016 9:00 am

OK sports fans, the Games are over, Uncle Sam and Britain hit pay dirt, and the prettiest girl of the…

Le Clézio’s The Prospector: from tropical beaches to the trenches of the Somme

4 June 2016 9:00 am

It is not easy to avoid clichés when writing about J.M.G. Le Clézio. Born in Nice in 1940, the recipient…

Peter Phillips bids farewell to his music column after 33 years

7 May 2016 9:00 am

This, my 479th, is to be my last contribution as a regular columnist to The Spectator. I have written here…

My nail-bar nightmare

24 October 2015 9:00 am

I just needed some flashy fingers for my new sitcom. I got more than I bargained for

Dear Mary: How can girls avoid freezing in cold marquees?

10 October 2015 9:00 am

Q. What do you do when you are so cold at a party that you cannot enjoy it? At a…

William Blake’s depiction of Urizen, creator and lawgiver

Is truth really beauty after all?

8 August 2015 9:00 am

Mediterranean crockery has a lot to answer for. It famously spoke thus to John Keats: ‘Beauty is truth, truth beauty,…

Whose hair are you buying?

25 April 2015 9:00 am

British people buy £43 million worth of human hair a year. So who’s selling?