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Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty is most popular show in V&A’s history

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty saw such high demand that the Victoria and Albert museum opened overnight for the first time. Photograph: Mike A retrospective of the work of fashion designer Alexander McQueen was the most popular show ever staged at the Victoria and Albert museum, deputy director Tim Reeve has said. More than 480,000 tickets […]

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High street stores suffer worst summer for six years

Fashion retailers saw sales at high street stores drop by 1.4% in July, while homewares sales fell by 1.1%. Photograph: Christopher Thomond for the Guardian The UK high street has endured its worst summer in six years, as volatile weather and the lure of restaurants and holidays kept shoppers away. Underlying sales, which exclude new […]

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Top model agencies investigated over cartel allegations

Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell share the catwalk in 1999. Photograph: Tim Rooke/Rex Shutterstock Hannah Marriott A handful of leading modelling agencies – which, between them, represent Kate Moss, Cara Delevingne, Jourdan Dunn and Yasmin le Bon – are reportedly being investigated over allegations of price fixing. According to the Mail on Sunday, the offices […]

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Through the Looking Glass show breaks Metropolitan museum record

Art work by Andy Warhol and a dress by Vivienne Tam are displayed as part of China Through the Looking Glass at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Photograph: Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images Agence France-Presse A New York exhibition exploring Chinese influence on western fashion has become a summer smash-hit, attracting a record 670,000 […]

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Hermès reports 20% jump in income despite slowing Chinese economy

Hermès, which is famous for its silk scarves, above, and leather bags, says sales in Asia excluding Japan grew by 7% in the first six months of 2015. Photograph: Danish Siddiqui/Reuters The luxury goods maker Hermès has reported a 20% rise in operating income to €748m for the for the first half of 2015, despite […]

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Writer accusing Vivienne Westwood of plagiarism claims win

Paul Gorman claims Vivienne Westwood’s autobiography lifts sections from his book. Photograph: David M. Benett/Getty Images for The Birley Grou Jamie Grierson A writer has claimed a small victory in a plagiarism battle with the fashion designer Vivienne Westwood – but has pledged that his legal fight is not over. Paul Gorman alleges that Westwood […]

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Net-a-Porter founder quits in surprise move ahead of takeover

Natalie Massenet at the Net-a-Porter offices. Photograph: Jonathan Player/REX Sarah Butler Natalie Massenet, the founder of Net-a-Porter, has quit the online fashion empire she created just weeks before its takeover by an Italian discounter is finalised. The former Tatler journalist, who launched the company selling designer clothes from her Chelsea flat, leaves with more than […]

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Vogue centenary exhibition styles fashion bible as cultural record

Kate Moss by Mario Testino, both recent Vogue regulars. Photograph: Mario Testino/Conde Nast Publications At first glance, it’s all chiffon and glamour: Kate Moss in a huge hooped skirt, photographed by Mario Testino in 2008; David Hockney posing with a sequin-clad Maudie James in 1968, as captured by Cecil Beaton; Anne Gunning, swathed in pink […]

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Jane Birkin drops request to have her name removed from Hermès handbag

Jane Birkin had agreed to lend her name to the bag after sharing a flight with Jean-Louis Dumas, late former head of Hermès, in the 1980s. Photograph: Rex/Masatoshi Okauchi Reuters in Paris Actor and singer Jane Birkin is now satisfied with how luxury group Hermès treats crocodiles and has dropped her request to have her […]

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Safety crackdown on fancy dress outfits

Spot checks across the UK will assess whether fancy dress on sale complies with safety standards. Photograph: Joe Fox//Alamy Rebecca Smithers Consumer affairs correspondent Cheap fancy dress costumes are to be subject to spot checks by trading standards inspectors, to avoid a repeat of the fire that seriously injured the daughter of the television presenter […]