Categories / Art and Photography

Cocktail Culture Book & Exhibition at RISD Museum of Art


If you're fortunate enough to find yourself in Rhode Island, Masachusetts between now and July 31st you'll be able to visit Cocktail Culture: Ritual and Invention in American Fashion, 1920-1980; a fabulous exhibition exploring "the social ritual of the cocktail hour through the lens of fashion and design."

Dating back to the 1930's, cocktail garb was a good deal more functional than eveningwear and marked the advent of the more modern woman who drank socially. Fashion from designers including Balenciaga and Schiaparelli features in this exhibition alongside jewellery, accessories and photographs.

If you can't make it all the way there you can always buy the book which is fully illustrated and includes five essays on the visual culture of the cocktail party

Find out more and and buy the book, which costs $30 here.

Categories / Books, Film and TV

Ritual by David Pinner – the book that inspired the Wicker Man movie reprinted


Not an exact template for the movie, Ritual by David Pinner was, however, the book that inspired the movie – and it is getting a reprint in the very near future.

Rather than being set in the Scottish highlands, this 1967 novel is set in Cornwall, with police officer, David Hanlin asked to investigate the murder of a local child. Whilst there, he's subjected to mental trickery, seduction, ancient religious practices and sacrificial rituals. Sound familiar?

The rights to the book were obtained for the Wicker Man movie a few years later, with a fairly minimal rewrite creating the ultimate movie cult classic. Original copies go for silly money, so the £6.39 price tag for the new version, which comes with original cover artwork and a new forward by Saint Etienne's Bob Stanley, looks a serious bargain. Alternatively, a hardback version sells for £9.09.

Find out more at the Amazon website