Sir Cecil Beaton
Sir Cecil Beaton was born on January 14, 1904, in Hampstead, England. At the age of eleven, he received his first camera and began to learn photography with the help of his sister's nurse, Ninnie. He attended St. John's College, Cambridge University during the 1920s but left without obtaining a degree. Beaton worked as an illustrator and photographer for Vogue and Vanity Fair magazines. He is also well known for his photographs of high-society, British Royalty, and Hollywood icons. After World War II, Beaton began working in theatre and film, designing costumes, sets, and lighting. He won Academy Awards for his costume design for Gigi and My Fair Lady. He also won four Tony Awards. In 1972, he was knighted, and he passed away in 1980.
Sir Cecil Beaton is featured in Edition: Guest Editor, Wes Gordon
CECIL BEATON: THE NEW YORK YEARS features sketches, costumes, set designs, letters, photographs, and drawings that document Beaton's involvement in the New York art scene from the 1930s to 1960s. It was written by Donald Albrecht, the Museum of the City of New York's curator of architecture and design and published by Skira Rizzoli in October 2011.
Sir Cecil Beaton is featured in Edition: Rizzoli: New York