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April 01 2012

New faces on Sgt Pepper album cover

Amy Winehouse, JK Rowling, Noel Gallagher, Mick Jagger and the Monty Python foot to feature in update of 1967 original

British pop artist Sir Peter Blake has taken inspiration from his most famous artwork – the Beatles' Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club album cover – to celebrate the British cultural figures he most admires as he marks his 80th birthday.

Twiggy, Amy Winehouse, Grayson Perry, JK Rowling and even Monty Python's emblematic foot all feature in a reworked version of the 1967 cover created for his birthday celebrations.

Blake, often called the godfather of the British pop art scene, said: "I've chosen people I admire, great people and some who are dear friends.

"I had a very long list of people who I wanted to go in but couldn't fit everyone in – I think that shows how strong British culture and its legacy of the last six decades is."

Singer Noel Gallagher, formerly of Oasis, was "chuffed" to be included. "To be on there with the likes of Vivienne Westwood, Mick Jagger and Paul Weller, just those three people alone, is amazing for me as I wouldn't put myself up with any of those," he said.

Rowling said: "Given that I've devoted quite a lot of time to gazing at the original Sgt Pepper album cover, you can perhaps imagine what it means to me to be featured."

Playwright Tom Stoppard said his inclusion was "an honour that outdoes delirium" while singer Elvis Costello said: "I always dreamed that I might one day stand in the boots of [Liverpool footballer] Albert Stubbins."

The original 1967 artwork also featured James Dean, Bob Dylan, Karl Marx and Marilyn Monroe.

The new version has been created for a special birthday celebration of Blake's life at Wayne Hemingway's Vintage festival at Boughton House, Northamptonshire, in July.

Hemingway, co-founder of the Red or Dead fashion brand, said: "The new artwork is a tribute to Britain's standing as the world's leading creative nation."

It was "an incredible honour" for Blake to "reimagine such an iconic work of art", he said, adding: "We are proud to be dedicating the Sunday at Vintage this year to celebrate his 80th birthday and creative and cultural legacy."

Terry Jones, the actor, director and original Python, said: "Monty Python is flattered to have had his foot selected, but there are better parts of his body available at very little cost."

The foot itself was borrowed by Terry Gilliam from Venus, Cupid, Folly and Time, a work by 16th century Florentine painter Bronzino.

His Python co-star, Michael Palin, added: "It's a great tribute to a fine foot – just don't tell Bronzino or he'll want royalties."


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April 02 2010

The Measure: Angelina Jolie, Prada torch, backcombing, Amy Winehouse, fake fur | Fashion

On the up: The Angelina look, Prada's torch and backcombing. Heading down: Amy Winehouse, gingham bows and porridge

Going up

The Tourist wardrobe Angelina looking gorge during filming in ladylike neutrals with "done" glossy hair

Tucker Gaby Basora's gorgeous blouses are this spring's style crush. We want the watercolour print georgette (£230, from netaporter.com) to wear with silk harem pants now and with denim shorts in summer

The Prada torch Yes, such a thing exists. And it pips Gucci's magnifying glass as the week's most ludicrously lust-worthy objet

Weekend breaks in your home town Less time in airports, more time with the room service menu. Start saving for the new Diane Von Furstenberg suites at Claridge's and the Savoy reopening in June

Backcombing Mulberry's AW10/11 show has spurred us on to new heights. Get three inches taller, while in flats: what's not to love?

Going down

Amy Winehouse Stop faffing around pretending to design clothes for Fred Perry and make some tunes

Gingham with bows As seen in the new Benetton ad. Ghastly

Saying "fake fur" According to Karl, it's a "fantasy fur". Preferably by Chanel, obv

Porridge and berries for breakfast Duh – it's boiled eggs and Marmite soldiers this weekend


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