Thursday, September 29, 2011

My Story on Cecil Beaton in the Oct. Elle Decor

Dear reader, you might enjoy my article in the October issue of Elle Decor. It's about the Cecil Beaton exhibition which is coming to the Museum of the City of New York this month, and its accompanying book from Rizzoli. I'm looking forward to seeing this show which opens on October 25. I've said here before on the blog that a big memory from my childhood was being taken for my seventh birthday to see My Fair Lady in a huge old movie theater in Philadelphia. I was completely entranced by the film, and the Cecil Beaton-designed Edwardian costumes and sets were a major part of the appeal (besides of course the Lerner and Lowe music and Audrey Hepburn herself). Yes, it was the beginning of beautiful things. So I'm happy to have the chance now to pay tribute to Cecil Beaton.
Pick up an issue of the magazine – it's the big fashion issue filled with delicious interiors including fashion designer Andrew Gn's sumptuous apartment in Paris which is something out of Proust. Editor in Chief Michael Boodro and his editors are doing a wonderful job – enjoy!


John J. Tackett said...

Beaton was a genius. I look forward to reading your article!
__ The Devoted Classicist

roger barnard said...

Shame you didn't know about our collection of fabrics and wallpapers designed by Beaton ( - they are covering the walls of 2 of the galleries...!

Lisa Borgnes Giramonti said...

OMG, congratulations, Bart! I can't wait to get my copy -- it'll be one to save because YOU'RE in it!! xxx

P.Gaye Tapp at Little Augury said...

Bart, have not opened my copy-but now with good reason. What hasn't Beaton touched in today's pop influences. Hope to see this show. pgt