CHAP Autumn 21 delves into the minds and the wardrobes of Ron and Russell Mael of Sparks, who discuss style, fashion, working on two feature films and how to wear the correct tie. We also take a look at the changing style of the Sparks brothers since the 1970s to the present. Further sartorial adventures take the form of a feature on loungewear and how to dress appropriately when flopping about the house in pyjamas and dressing gown. The dry years of Prohibition America, and the speakeasies that flourished, are the subject of an in-depth feature that also looks at the positive after-effects of the Volstead Act.
The Savile Row devotion of Charlie Watts is recalled, along with a photographic exploration of the new adventure wear by Stanley Biggs. We learn how Victorian seafarer George Devar’s obsession with sea serpents landed him at the Old Bailey. A chap held in a quarantine hotel for two weeks recounts how he survived with the help of his grocer and his wine merchant. Cricket looks at how a team of top-hatted gentlemen tried out the noble game’s newest format at Britain’s oldest fixture. We also meet the man who introduced Quentin Tarantino to French ye-ye music and the men who were inspired by a 19th century magician to form David Devant & His Spirit Wife.