The problem with ‘Mary Queen of Scots’

Visually sumptuous but historically ludicrous, Josie Rourke's attempt at a feminist re-telling of this 16th Century game of thrones ultimately falls foul of the same old tropes that plague historical storytelling. Cards on the table: I am a historian. So perhaps it's not quite fair for me to critique this film which is clearly not…

Keira Knightley as Colette and Denise Gough as Missy standing together in Colette (2018)

Colette, the Original French It-Girl

First in the new "3 lessons in personal style" series, we'll be taking a look at Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (better known simply as ‘Colette’). Keira Knightley’s dazzling performance as the proto-feminist fin-de-siècle author and performer Colette may spell a revived interest in her legendary personal style. In Colette, we see the author’s novels, and particularly the…