November 29th, 2010
When we think of Cecil Beaton our minds dart to the Ascot scene in My Fair Lady where Audrey Hepburn arrives dressed like a box of bonbons, her white gown trimmed in black velvet striped ribbon and accented with giant bows, lace and feathers.
The famed costume designer (he worked on My Fair Lady, Gigi and Anna Karenina, to name a few), Vogue photographer and scrapbooker extraordinaire is the subject of a new Assouline book, Cecil Beaton: The Art of the Scrapbook packed with press clippings, playbills, pictures and diary entries sourced from his personal scrapbooks.
It’s a wonderful snoop into the life of a social butterfly who scored invitations to the best parties and hobnobbed with the gratin of 20th Century society.
Our Toronto Editor has a Standard Schnauzer named Cecil Beaton, so we know what’s going under her tree.
$157.50 at Amazon.ca