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Article Image - Fit and Finish
Once upon a time, the world’s wealthy sent their daughters to Swiss finishing schools but by the 1960s, gender equality, women’s liberation and an emphasis on higher education for all prompted a decline. Nowadays only Villa Pierrefeu remains.
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Article Image - Dreams Can Come True
It’s true that many filmmakers make their first short film before the age of 25, but few get to cast legendary actors, and even fewer depict the renouncement of the luxuries of life while under the patronage of a luxury jeweller. Bespoke sought out Abdullah Al Ka’abi to find out how he did it.
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Article Image - Lady of the Manor
Much of Beirut’s contemporary social scene plays out in the Gemmayzeh district. Unknown to many of the new generation is that right behind this ever-trendy street lives the gatekeeper of time-honoured high society, Lady Yvonne Sursock Cochrane.
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Article Image - Winning Hearts and Minds
This year’s winner of Bespoke’s Ultimate Connoisseur Award is Hoda Al Khamis Kanoo, the founder of the Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation, an organisation that aims to advance classical music, the arts, culture and creativity amongst the nationals and residents of the United Arab Emirates.
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Article Image - Literary Resistance
The novel Miral, by Palestinian author Rula Jebreal was made into a feature film in 2010, starring Freida Pinto. It tells the inspirational tale of a teacher and refugees, a true story of perseverance in harsh conditions.
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Article Image - Comic relief
Thanks to the ‘Axis of Evil’, stand-up comedy is a rapidly emerging phenomenon here in our region. Bespoke talks with two of its founders, Ahmed Ahmed and Aron Kader, about how they got Arabs to laugh (at themselves).
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Article Image - Poetic Intifada
When world-renowned poetic genius Mahmoud Darwish, passed away on August 9th, 2008, it shocked the world and left countless in mourning. Already pegged to win Bespoke’s Legacy Award, it is only fair that he nevertheless receives it posthumously. No tribute could ever do justice to this maverick with lyrical intellect, but his legacy will live forever.
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Article Image - Musical Maestro
Placido Domingo has the power to hold audiences spellbound with his interpretation of opera’s most dramatic roles. On his first visit to Qatar, he speaks exclusively with us about the power of music and how it can reach people from all cultures.
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Article Image - Word Binder
We all may love reading and some us may even collect a few books but for one man, books are not a mere hobby or a passion, but rather a dedicated lifestyle. Enter the Emirati businessman, Juma Al Majid and his ‘library’ which should be the envy of any cultured man.
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Article Image - Culture Speaking
Sheikha Hussah Sabah Al Salem Al Sabah is a remarkable woman. Not only did she amass the single largest collection of Islamic Art in the world, she shows her treasures all over the world. Believing that the universal language of beauty creates curiosity about others and acts as a bridge between cultures, her exhibitions expand and question the views people have of Muslims.
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your picks
Filmmaker Alejandro Landes’ glorious contemporary home in Miami, on the shores of Biscayne Bay, is as captivating as a cinematic masterpiece.
Featuring walls that slide in and out of the building, Modulofts by Fouad Samara Architects are a novel solution to the age-old problem of making the most of a limited space.
Seemingly overnight, Jim Chapman has become one of the Internet’s most popular stars. Good looks and his never-ending enthusiasm for daily life have put him on a short list of males dominating the social media sphere.
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