CHAP Spring 21
Chap Spring 21 delves into the explosion of music, dance, literature, art and cinema that came just after the First World War and the Spanish Flu pandemic, starting with the force of nature that was Josephine Baker, who took Paris by storm in 1925 as an exotic dancer and went on to serve the nation as a Resistance agent during WWII. Chris Sullivan explores the rise of nightclub culture in London in the Roaring Twenties, while John and Colleen Darnell examine the ways in which 1920s fashion, architecture and interiors were influenced by ancient Egypt. We meet Kazuki Kodaka, whose brand Adjustable Costume is strongly influenced by the 1920s, plus tips on how to achieve the 1920s look.
Our main interview is with Patricia Highsmith’s first biographer Andrew Wilson, and we take a look at the enduring legacy of the Marx Brothers. All this plus Anna May Wong, the first Chinese actress to break into Hollywood, a user’s guide to hotels, discovering the landscapes of Eric Ravilious, an interview with 2020’s British Sewing Bee winner Clare Bradley, the history of Bakelite, a meeting with Talking Pictures TV, reader’s Sartorial Lockdown discoveries and brand-new advice column Ask The Chap.