Tuesday 21 November 2017

Favourites in Five: Odysseas from Art & Hue

I started a brand new series of blogs a few weeks ago, asking some of my favourite people to write in about the five most important influences on their lives from the world of theatre, film and television. You can read Sarah Miller Walters' wonderful blog here , actress Judy Matheson's super piece is here and blogger, author and Sid James fan Stuart Ball's blog is here

My most recent blog on this subject came from film director, Jason Figgis. You can read what he had to say here

Today it's the turn of my good friend Oydsseas, the brilliant talent behind Art & Hue.

Diana Rigg

Whilst Honor Blackman portrayed the first strong independent female character on British television, it was Diana Rigg who took it to another level globally when The Avengers was aired on American & European television. Smart, witty, and stylish (and with a mean karate chop), she embodied 1960s modernity and Swinging London around the world. Still fabulous at nearly 80 years old, and still working in quality film & television projects, she grants cult status to every project she's appeared in. 

Joan Collins
Unapologetically strong-minded and glamourous, Joan Collins is a real example of hard graft paying off, all whilst being beautiful and funny. From B-movies in the 1950s and cult TV shows in the 1960s, it was her racy 1970s films and Cinzano adverts that paid the bills until she owned the 80s as Alexis Morell Carrington Colby Dexter. 

Joanna Lumley
From On Her Majesty's Secret Service, The New Avengers and Sapphire & Steel onwards, I could never understand why Joanna Lumley wasn't on our screens more. Captivating, funny, and beautiful, it was a delight to see her make fun of herself on Ruby Wax's show which led to her iconic creation of Patsy in Absolutely Fabulous. 

Audrey Hepburn
Charming, beautiful, kind, and funny, Audrey Hepburn's life may have started in difficult times but she brought pure joy through her films as well making a difference with her humanitarian work with UNICEF. 

Peter Hinwood  
An art student in Swinging London, Peter Hinwood initially modelled for fashion magazines and brands including John Stephen's Carnaby Street shops. A life-size image of him, wearing only swimwear, appeared in the dressing room of the first women's shop on Carnaby Street called Trecamp. After his memorable appearance in The Rocky Horror Picture Show wearing gold shorts, it's inspirational that he turned his back on entertainment and returned to his first love of art and antiques. Currently living in Morocco, his London and Tangiers homes have appeared in The World of Interiors (and you can follow him sharing images of his glam past, antique finds, and Moroccan life on Instagram at hinwood06).

Thanks very much to Odysseas for taking the time to write this wonderful guest blog. Please do check out the Art & Hue website here

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