Famed fashion photographer Sir Cecil Beaton was born on January 14,
1904, in London, England. In the 1920s, he was hired as a staff
photographer for Vanity Fair and Vogue, where he developed a unique
style of posing sitters with
unusual backgrounds. As a portraitist, he photographed the stars of fashion, society, and the art worlds, and was considered the unofficial court photographer of the British royal family. He was also a committed diarist, interior designer, and Oscar-winning stage and costume designer. Beaton died in England on January 18, 1980. Hugo Vickers is a biographer, broadcaster and lecturer, and has been closely involved in the life and work of Cecil Beaton since 1979, when Sir Cecil asked him to become his official biographer. Besides that biography, he has also edited two volumes of Cecil Beaton's unexpurgated diaries, lectured about him all over the world and assisted with the many exhibitions devoted to Beaton. Since 1988 he has served as Cecil Beaton's literary executor. Hugo Vickers is also an acknowledged expert on the Royal Family and was an adviser on the film, The King's Speech. His Andy Warhol fifteen minute of fame occurred when he appeared on the Stephen Colbert show at the time of the Royal Wedding 2011.
"So excited to read "the bible of fashion."" -Champagne and Heels ..".this exquisitely reproduced reissue of his 1954 tome, subtitled A Personal History of Changing Tastes and the People Who Have Inspired Them, is a collection of the designer's photos and commentary. Its 18 chapters, accompanied by more than 150 line drawings by Beaton, feature reminiscences of personalities who influenced fashion and decor. Chanel, Poiret, Schiaparelli, Dior, and other well-known creators sit alongside his Aunt Jessie, a Victorian belle, and some forgotten society types...The foreword by Beaton's literary executor and designated biographer Hugo Vickers, notes that The Glass of Fashion "has become essential reading for those who study fashion." The book is that and so much more. It's a trip back in time with an observant, effervescent, talented, and opinionated guide. Many of his profiles and observations prove to have withstood the test of time. It is as fresh today as when it was first published." -Library Journal "First-Rate fashion book...an alluring collection of vignettes of the personalities who inspired fashion during the 40s and 50s." -Harper's Bazaar "The Glass of Fashion is one of the more entertaining books that has surfaced on the topic of fashion. Moreover Mr. Beaton oddly foreshadowed what is still visible in the juxtaposition of fashion and celebrity. Mr. Beaton graciously and almost effusively illustrated this book...Would this be a recommended book for the sophisticated, fashionable, and curious reader? The Glass of Fashion deserves to be in the library of any of the above." -New York Journal of Books "[One of the] Must-Have Fashion Books of the Fall" -Elle "Dashing!" -Papercity Magazine