Mariella Frostrup explores the lure of Savile Row, the longevity of the little black dress and the global desire for diamonds as she takes a sweeping look at iconic styles and indulgent fashion and beauty items in new series, Objects of Desire.
Mariella examines how styles have become classic, investigating the influence of Holly Golightly’s little black Givenchy dress in Breakfast at Tiffany’s (which sold at auction for nearly half a million pounds) and the enduring styles tailored by Coco Chanel.
Heading to Savile Row, where just 10,000 suits are made every year, she speaks to Patrick Grant, director of Norton & Sons, about the lengthy process of tailoring a top-class suit.
French designer Roland Mouret also reveals the inspiration behind his iconic Galaxy dress which, worn by everyone from Demi Moore to Cameron Diaz and Scarlett Johansson, is renowned for giving virtually any woman the coveted hour-glass figure.
Also investigating fashion across the pond, Mariella hears from a group of men in the Bronx who are obsessed with the story and style of American fashion designer and self-made man Ralph Lauren.
Turning her attention to all that glistens, Mariella learns about the De Beers’ clever ‘Diamonds are Forever’ advertising campaign, which helped to turn a relatively common stone into one of the most sought-after commodities in the world.
She also meets the president of the company’s Institute of Diamonds, Andrew Coxon, who discusses some of the most expensive rocks ever sold, as well as what makes a fine specimen of diamond.
Revealing more about the enduring appeal of similar tokens of beauty, design and affluence, Guerlain perfume creator Thierry Wasser shows his admiration for French glass designer René Lalique who turned the simple fragrance bottle into an objet d’art.
Plus, designer Jade Jagger discusses her collection of quirky jewellery and Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman gives her opinion on the importance of great fashion and style.
Mariella Frostrup with Objects of Desire begins on the 30th of July at 8pm on Sky Arts 1