Nicky Haslam has found himself at the centre of the most interesting circles wherever he is — at parties, opening nights, royal weddings. In London in the late ‘50s he crossed paths — and more —with Cecil Beaton, Francis Bacon, Diana Cooper, Lucian Freud, David Hockney and Noël Coward. In the ‘60s, in New York, he encountered Dorothy Parker, Cole Porter, Andy Warhol, Jack Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe while working at Vogue and Show magazines, before decamping to a ranch in Arizona to raise Arabian horses, when he wasn’t commuting to Los Angeles to decorate for the stars. Back in England in the early ‘80s, he attended the wedding of his cousin Diana Spencer and designed for everyone from James Goldsmith to Bryan Ferry.
Haslam is a gifted and exuberant storyteller with an exacting eye for the telling detail. Redeeming Features is a fascinating look at our culture, a compelling and wholly singular document of our times.