Beaton in Vogue
- ISBN 9780500290248
- 28.40 x 24.00 cm
- 293 Illustrations, 32 in colour
- First published 2012
Cecil Beaton was a man of dazzling charm and style and his talents were many. He loved Vogue, and his contributions testify to the wit, imagination and professionalism that the man and the magazine always had in common. Beaton in Vogue selects articles, drawings and photographs by Beaton dating from the 1920s to the 1970s.
‘Surveys the life and work of an extraordinary fashion auteur … Beaton’s romantic vision captured starlets and socialites alike. The sheer breadth of his talent impresses as he sketches, shoots and quips his way into the pages of Vogue’ – Vogue
Picture Book of the Week – New Statesman
‘Lavish … a vital addition to any photography book collection’ – Amateur Photographer
‘A sumptuous compilation of the characterful photographs, sparkling essays and elegant illustrations produced by Cecil Beaton for the style bible’ – Metro
‘Delightful line drawings of people and places, each one demonstrating Beaton’s acerbic eye and cartoon-like facility of draughtsmanship … a refreshing and vivacious publication’– The Spectator
'A total delight’ – The Daily Express
In his twenties Beaton recorded London and New York society in needle-sharp words and drawings. Condé Nast, the owner of Vogue, compelled him to abandon his pocket Kodak, and his resulting photographic work earned him a place among the great chroniclers of fashion.
Witty and inventive, he designed settings for plays and films – and for himself – and as a writer he was an eloquent champion of stylish living. His accounts of travel made the most luscious places seem tantalizingly vivid and close.
The turning point in his career was the challenge of working as an official photographer in the Second World War. He travelled the world, no longer in luxury but in uniform, and the photographs, drawings and writings that revealed the face of war, from bombed London to China and the North African Desert, testified to a new maturity of vision.
Cecil Beaton remained triumphantly active to the end of his long life. He became a superb portrait photographer, of royal and other famous faces and forms, and designed the costumes for My Fair Lady (both on stage and on film) and for Gigi. Almost incredibly, when a stroke paralysed his right hand he turned himself into a left-handed draughtsman; and he carried out two marathon photo assignments for French Vogue only a few months before he died.