Marilyn Monroe by Cecil Beaton 1960s
Christian Dior's Couture Collection for Spring & Summer in 1957
Tallulah Bankhead 1940s
Marlon Brando 1950s
Paula Gellibrand, The Marquesa de Casa Maury, 1928
Dame Edith Sitwel
Barbara Hutton, Tangier, Morocco, 1961
Marlene Dietrich, 1935
The Soapsuds Group - At the Living Posters Ball, 1930 Baba Beaton, Wanda Baillie-Hamilton and Lady Bridget Poulett
Nancy Cunard 1930s
Candy Darling , Andy Warhol and the gang 1960s
Vogue March 1964
Portrait of Viktor Kraft by Cecil Beaton, c. 1950s
The Bright Young People at Wilsford: William Walton, Cecil Beaton, The Hon. Stephen Tennant, Rex Whistler, Georgia Sitwell, Zita Jungman and Teresa Jungman
Charles James gowns for Vogue, 1948
Beaton was one of the most important photographers of the last century. The Royal Family, famous celebrities, writers, singers, painters and statesmen were shot by Beaton. He also was a good writer and wrote about all the places he visited and the people he had known. Beaton also was a designer and a perfect english gentleman of cultivated tastes.
In the 1920s Beaton became a staff photographer for Vanity Fair and Vogue magazines.
During World War II, Beaton served in the British Ministry of Information, covering the fighting in Africa and East Asia.
After the war Beaton resumed portrait photography, but his style became much less flamboyant. He also broadened his activities, designing costumes and sets for theatre and film. He won Academy Awards for his costume design in Gigi (1958) and for both his costume design and his art direction in My Fair Lady (1964). Several volumes of his diaries, which appeared in the 1960s and ’70s, were summarized in Self Portrait with Friends: The Selected Diaries of Cecil Beaton, 1926–1974 (1979). Beaton was knighted in 1972.
"Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary"