Classic textiles and changing attitudes meet in an issue dedicated to timeless beauty. We visit the Parco dei Principi Hotel in Sorrento, designed in the 60s by Gio Ponti, and photograph 71 year-old model Benedetta Barzini. Elsewhere Amanda Carr demands the right to grow old gracefully, fashionably, energetically, gently – or in any way she chooses.
On the 200th anniversary of the death of Christophe-Philippe Oberkampf, founder of the factory that popularised Toile de Jouy, V&A curator Sarah Grant explains the ongoing appeal of this decorative fabric. And even a touch of nostalgia creeps in when Ptolemy Mann meets the charming creators of Bagpuss and the Clangers.