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All other back issues may be purchased in sets of six, each bundle covering each of the five key stages of the evolution of The Chap, from its humble beginnings in 1999. There is a flat cost of £15 per set of six, regardless of era or size, which effectively results in you receiving one copy entirely free.
Issue 91 Feb-Mar2017
An historical edition, in that this was the last bi-monthly issue of The Chap before it relaunched in May 2017 as a quarterly publication. Our main interview was with legendary rock ‘n’ roller, Stray Cats drummer Slim Jim Phantom. Other musical delights included a piece by Mr. B the Gentleman Rhymer on Situationism. We told the story of Harry Bensley, the Edwardian gentleman who walked around Europe wearing an iron mask, for a bet. Sartorial coverage included Oxford Shoes, Shetland Jumpers and underpants, and our cricket correspondent looked at cricket-loving prime ministers. We heard from our Chap Behind Bars on life for an anarcho-dandy on the inside of a prison cell, and were given some lateral thinking puzzles involving beards and hairstyles by Tom Cutler. Also: Laszlo Krass, the dress habits of the great English writers, Martin Scorsese’s GoodFellas and a particularly pulchritudinous Queen of Chapettes.
Issue 90 Dec16-Jan2017
A special bumper edition to mark the 90th issue of The Chap had eight extra pages, a spiffing new spine and a Divine Comedian on the cover: Neil Hannon, who explained in an extensive interview how he came up with the Father Ted theme, why he loves 80s synth pop and why he made two albums about cricket. Harold Pinter’s love of the English national sport was featured, as well as Anthony Newley’s ambitious attempt to become an art house film director. Tom Cutler explained the nitty gritty of Donald Trump’s inferior presidential wardrobe, while Jock Rawlings looked at Eugen Sandow, the Edwardian strong man who invented modern bodybuilding. Plus: the Dandizette profile: Louise Brooks, cardigans, saddle bags, the Handel sex-scandal and further notes from our Chap Behind Bars.
Issue 89 Oct-Nov2016
Ed Harcourt donned his finest Chap cufflinks to prepare for an in-depth interview about, among other things, his fear of clowns. Sartorially, the monkstrap shoe got its first analysis within these pages, igniting the debate as to whether they count as a slip-on shoe. The Earl of Waveney nominated his first three objects that shaped the British political system, while the dandies of Rome, known as “Il Gaga” were inspected. The trench coat in its most vibrant form was examined, while ball-tampering in cricket got the long view. Our new Scandal section looked at a Victorian sex scandal that nearly brought down the government, while over in Paris, we reviewed the first major exhibition of that dandy in exile Oscar Wilde. Plus, leather notebooks, the art of lighting a fire and Queen of Chapettes centrefold.
Issue 88 Aug-Sept2016
Jackie Onassis graced the cover of this edition, and our Doctor of Dandyism took a long look at her status as a style icon and her ultimate entrapment in this role. We published the results of our peaky blinders competition, along with a selection of stylish attendees at 2016′s Chap Olympiad. We profiled English Utopia, makers of fine country clothing, and examined the complexity of the khaki trouser. Our interview was with wine expert and gadabout Olly Smith, while Tom Cutler advised on the art of conversation. Laszo Krass reported on the quality of typewriters and coffee in Venice, while Steve Pittard charted the appalling demise of the cricket cap into the cricket helmet. Gustav Temple reported from the Walpole Bay Hotel, a bastion of old-world charm in Margate, itself a bastion of simply old world. Also: Chap Kit on scarves, Atters on peculiar taches and the Butler on gardening apparel.
Issue 87 Jun-July2016
After many long, painstaking years, the Chap secured an audience with glamorous sixties icon Fenella Fielding, who gave Atters permission to smoke during their interview. We looked at Chappish spectacles, gardening wear, the Chore Jacket, and offered a full Peaky Blinders kit in our competition. Sunday Swift delved into the dandyism of Marlene Dietrich, while Vic Darkwood advised on Art Exhibition private view etiquette. Liam Jefferies took a bold look at acceptable plimsolls for Chaps (there were only three), while Steve Pittard examined the cricketing career of the Duke of Edinburgh. The career of Sir Alan Whicker was reviewed via a brand-new box set of his television work.
Issue 86 Apr-May2016
This issue showcased our new Doctor of Dandyism, Sunday Swift, who opened with a bang by looking at the dandyism of Emma Peel. Our interview was with controversial Dutch filmmaker Tom Six, whose interpretation of the word ‘decadent’ was rather terrifying. Fair Isle sweaters and moleskin trousers got the thorough once-over, while Patricia Hammond looked at the groundbreaking music of James Reese Europe. Laszlo Krass took us on a walking tour of Chappist Berlin, while the Butler advised on clerical collars and tweed track suits. Vic Darkwood delved into a gentleman’s trouser pockets to learn what resides there, and Tom Cutler gave tips on writing a best-selling novel.
Issue 85 Feb-Mar2016
This issue took a controversial look at whether gentlemen are permitted to smoke pipes filled with vapour rather than tobacco. Our interviewee Mycroft Milverton made a splendid case for it, by wrapping the subject up in clouds of steampunk and discussing Rainbow Gravity and pirates. Elsewhere, Vic Darkwood created a louche spectrum, including gentlemanly states Red Mist, Blue Funk and Black Dog. Military watches were synchronised, with a close look at the reproduction watch industry. Our King of Chaps was a Queen, for a change, and a female one to boot. Tom Cutler looked at Internet dating for chaps, while the passing of David Bowie was marked by a tribute to his sartorial peak in Berlin.
Issue 84 Dec-Jan2016
Our interview was with former Dr Who girl Katy Manning, who played Jo Grant alongside Jon Pertwee in the 1970s. Sartorially we examined the Norfolk Jacket in great detail, and learned of the surprisingly elegant costumes of one Elvis Presley. King of Chaps was Zack Pinsent in a gold top hat; Mr. B the Gentleman Rhymer sifted through some classic Christmas albums; Steve McQueen’s long-lost film of Le Mans was reviewed; Steve Pittard looked at Cricket on South Sea islands; we ran an excerpt from Drinking for Chaps, Gustav Temple’s new tome; Tom Cutler on Lateral Thinking; Laszlo Krass on the Stasi’s ‘Romeo’ units in Berlin; and Vic Darkwood on the etiquette of the public house.
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