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RIP Helen McCrory

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As a tribute to the late actress, who died aged 52 on 16th April, Gustav Temple recalls an inspiring encounter with Helen McCrory in 2019, on the eve of Series 5 of Peaky Blinders. I interviewed Helen McCrory when the fifth season of Peaky Blinders was about to air in 2019. From such a huge star of stage and screen, I expected the familiar ‘luvvy’ personality and being called ‘darling’ interspersed with quotes from Shakespeare, but Helen was the complete opposite. When asked whether we had accurately described the type of cigarettes she smoked in character as Aunt Polly, she…

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A Good Year For The Chaps

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2019 was a significant year for The Chap, with the celebration of 20 years of anarcho-dandyism and publication of our 100th edition in May. This special centenary edition featured the greatest chap of all time, Terry-Thomas, on the front cover and an interview with the greatest living chap Leslie Phillips. We also marked this momentous anniversary with publication of Best of The Chap, a collection of the finest articles from the last 100 editions in a splendid 300-page hardback volume. This was also the year we launched our very own eau de cologne, Flâneur, as well as its accompanying range…

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Peaky Blinders Soundtrack

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UMC (Universal Music Catalogue) is releasing the first-ever official soundtrack to the series Peaky Blinders, in a two-CD set spanning all five series, which will also be available as a 3-record vinyl release. Since the opening credits of the first series, using Nick Cave’s menacing Red Right Hand to set the sinister tone, music has been integral to the narrative and style of Peaky Blinders. A new version of Red Right Hand by PJ Harvey, only available on this release, has been specially recorded for the series, now available to stream from here. Also exclusive to the new soundtrack album…

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Chap Autumn 19 Edition

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The Chap gallops into its second century, hot on the heels of publication of our 100th edition this May, with issue 101. Helen McCrory reveals the dark secrets of creating the role of Aunt Polly in Peaky Blinders, and we also meet Alison McCosh, who created all the male and female costumes on the series. We report on the Grand Flaneur Walk, with photographic documentation of the three global chapters in London, Dusseldorf and Los Angeles, with an accompanying tract on the history of the flaneur. Sartorial features include the British Shoe Company, Yarmouth Oilskins, Workwear Jackets and Frahm Clothing.…

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Peaky Blinders Stylist Loz Schiavo

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Loz Schiavo styled all the hair and make-up on Seasons 1-4 of Peaky Blinders. She has also styled hair and make-up on Tarzan, the Look of Love, Death Comes to Pembley, Anthropoid and many other films. She received a BAFTA nomination in 2015 for her work on Peaky Blinders. You did the hair styling and make-up for all the cast on peaky Blinders since Season One. How much of a brief did you get at the start, on how their hair should actually look? At my first meeting with the director, he said to me, I need someone who can…

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London Boy Lou

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“Wondered if you’d ‘ave the time to assess the sartorial credentials of this dandy in the underworld,” writes London Boy Lou. “What could be more indicative of one’s immense chapability than writing about oneself in the third person, eh?” A decent command of the English language? However, we are actually impressed both by Mr. Boy Lou’s fashionably unhyphenated double barrelled surname and his dapper backstreet gangster ensemble that, for once, is nothing like a character from Peaky Blinders.

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Tweed on Film

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During the early decades of cinema, tweed on film was just as ubiquitous as it was in real life, often worn by honest, homespun gentlemen of taste. Think James Stewart in one of several tweed suits during George Bailey’s fateful Christmas Eve in It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) or John Wayne’s Irish tweed sport jacket making a positive impression when his character returns to his ancestral home in The Quiet Man (1952). Lovely examples, to be sure, but nothing groundbreaking in terms of how it was worn. Even the more villainous tweed wearers of this era were still urbane chaps…

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Peaky Blinders

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The Chap took some semi-professional models and clothing supplied by Darcy Clothing and Some Like it Holy to create our own version of the Peaky Blinders look MODELS: Jock rawlings, Luke Sothcott, Gustav Temple Photographer: Xavier Buendia www.xdbphotography.com Thanks to: the Marina Fountain pUB, 26 Caves Road, St. Leonards on Sea TN38 0BY Additional styling: Sophie o’sullivan Old Town Dark Blue 1920s-style three-piece suit Dark Blue Christys baker boy cap Darcy Clothing Brown Herringbone Cotton Waistcoat & Trousers Jump the Gun Grey Herringbone Overcoat City Sport Tweed Cap Darcy Clothing Washable Arundel Collar Darcy Clothing Striped Tunic Shirt Some Like it…

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Paul Anderson Interview

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Gustav Temple:  Your moustache is the only moustache in the entire cast of Peaky Blinders. We’re very interested in moustache growing at the Chap. Presumably you have to grow a new moustache for each round of filming. Do you grow it from scratch, or do you grow a full beard then shave off everything except the moustache? Generally I have a full beard anyway, but I’ll tell you this: the first two seasons, that wasn’t my moustache. It was a stick-on moustache (laughs mischievously). What happened was that the character Stephen Knight originally created looked completely different to how Arthur…

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Get The Look – Peaky Blinder

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You do not have to be a 1920s gangster to dress like a Peaky Blinder. Rather than risk life, limb and constantly having your pub blown up, why not saunter about the not-so-mean streets of contemporary Small Heath, or any other pleasant heath in the world, wearing the sort of togs that once caused ripples of fear among the locals, and now are only likely to cause admiring glances and the occasional giggle. We have offered a small selection of key items from reputable sources to turn you into a Peaky Blinder. Shelby Tweed Newsboy Cap £65 In the way…

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Tom Hardy’s Tattoos

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In the latest edition of The Chap, we speak to various members of the cast and crew on Peaky Blinders, including the hair and make-up stylist, Loz Schiavo, who reveals how she came up with the iconic Peaky Blinder haircut. She also speaks about the very different approach she took to styling the actor Tom Hardy for his role as Jewish gang leader Alfie Solomons. It is well-known that Mr. Hardy is heavily tattooed in real life, and Ms Schiavo explains how, after the task of applying fake tattoos to Cillian Murphy as Tommy Shelby, a much greater challenge was…

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Peaky Blinders Competition

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Tony Warren is is one of the runners-up in our Peaky Blinders competition, held in conjunction with Darcy Clothing. The prize is a Darcy Clothing granddad shirt and separate collar, plus collar studs, and a pair of Hudson boots. Mr. Warren was one of countless entries, many of whom cut the sartorial mustard as 1920s Brummie gangsters, all of them approaching such a look in their own unique manner. We shall publish the runners-up here over the next few weeks, and the winner will be published at the end of September. Congratulations to all who entered and especially to our…

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