+  Edited and photographed by Iké Udé, author of Style File. Selected as one of Vanity Fair’s 2009, 2012 and 2015 International Best Dressed Originals.  +

elements of style #50/NOEL COWARD circa1930s

Noel Coward, circa 1930s



…archival imagery in “Elements of Style,” then reading an interview with a stylish contemporary excites and cements the sartorial linkage and sympathy between the ongoing narratives. Both departments serve to inform, paying homage to stylish predecessors and pointing to historical sources of design: they inspire dialogue between now and then and acknowledge influence.


Noel Coward, with Sean Connery, circa, late 1950s



Noel Coward or Sir Noël Peirce Coward, 1899 – 26 March 1973, was an English playwright, composer, director, actor and singer, known for his wit, flamboyance, and a sense of personal style.




Noel Coward, circa, 1930s



Noel Coward with Lilian Braithwaite, circa 1920s

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