Cecil Beaton (1904-1980) was a man of dazzling charm and style, and his talents were many. In his twenties he recorded London and New York society in needle-sharp words and drawings, and then, at Conde Nast's insistence, in photographs. The resulting work earned him a place among the great chroniclers of fashion. In this classic book, now in a sumptuous paperback edition after many years out of print, Josephine Ross selects and introduces articles, drawings and photographs by Beaton dating from the 1920s to the 1970s. It includes Beaton's essays and vignettes on high society and its denizens, as well as such stars of the arts as Greta Garbo, Ralph Richardson, Pablo Picasso and David Hockney. It also reproduces Beaton's war photographs, drawings and writings, from bombed London to China and the North Africa Desert. Beaton loved Vogue, and his contributions testify to the wit, imagination and professionalism that the man and the magazine always had in common.
'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' - Daily Express