I felt in my heart two contradictory feelings: the horror of life and the ecstasy of life.
CECIL BEATON: A CREATIVE MASTERMIND
There are a few people that have the ability to turn fashion in a strikingly intelligent, artistic, brilliant matter: one of these is, without a doubt, English photographer, painter, costume and set designer, diarist and interior designer Sir Cecil Beaton. In conjunction with the retrieval of some of his masterpieces, hidden for fifty years, and their exhibition at the splendid Wilton House, in Witshire (until Sept. 14th) we selected a comprehensive list among the many amazing books created by and written on this iconic man.
Beaton in Vogue. Josephine Ross. Thames and Hudson, 2012.
Mr Beaton’s years in Vogue are remembered in this marvelous treasure containing his sketches, photographs and articles dating from the 1920s to the 1970s, proof of his brilliant contribution of he world’s leading fashion magazine in some of its most iconic decades.
"The truly fashionable are beyond fashion" Cecil Beaton
Audrey Hepburn photographed by Cecil Beaton for Vogue 1964
The beauty of dress, as the beauty of life, comes always from freedom.
Oscar Wilde on dress
Since high school I have had an insatiable passion for fashion and Oscar Wilde. I have loved his words so much I actually used to keep a booklet containing his aphorisms under my pillow when I slept. Needless to say, when I came across his essay “On Dress” I could not give up this read… And it so happened to be a very surprising read indeed. I was, in fact, expecting something a bit different when I first decided to read “On Dress”. I thought the book was going to contain only Mr. Wilde’s essay (imagining it of a greater length) and perhaps a brief commentary, but I sure was in for a surprise.
Marilyn’s Best Friends: Books
She may have sung that “diamond’s are a girl’s best friend,” but as a matter-of-fact Marilyn Monroe’s best friends were actually books. As one of FonB’s favourite iconic readers gets honoured as the inspiration for this year’s annual amFAR gala in Cannes on May 22nd, we selected the cream-of-the crop books about her life, her career and her love for reading, writing and fashion.
Marilyn in Fashion: The Enduring Influence of Marilyn Monroe. Christopher Nickens, George Zeno. Running Press, 2012.
The evolution of the superstar’s style from sweet poster child, to sassy Fifties vixen, to chic method actress, including all that’s in between. Marilyn’s style is covered in exquisite depth as never seen before.