You don’t have to be beautiful to have it, or young, or famous or notorious. You don’t have to dress on-trend, or even neatly.
The Italians have an expression, bella figura, to describe a way of being that’s striking. The French might call it je ne sais quoi. It’s a quality that makes you look twice, without really knowing why. In English, it might be called cool.
In Canberra’s National Portrait Gallery there’s The Look — a collection of photographic portraits of extraordinary Australians. The Look reflects a wonderful range of Australian achievement; and it oozes style too.
Whether you go for a steamy look, a sceptical look, a sardonic look, or an icy look, one look at this show, and you’ll have to look again.