Cecil Beaton’s name popped up on my screen the other day while I doing a google search on movie musicals, and I thought: “Who, exactly, is/was Cecil Beaton? A playwright? A photographer?” He definitely sounded English, but I couldn’t really place what he’d done.
A quick investigation revealed him to be one of the greatest creative artists of the 20th century!
Fashion and society photographer, portraitist, interior decorator, book jacket designer, set designer— his talents never stop! But the real kicker for me, as both a nostalgiasist, creative director and performer, is that Beaton won two Best Costume Design Academy Awards for a two of my favorite movie musicals of all time, Gigi (1958) and My Fair Lady (1964).
What a performer wears plays a huge role in his or her performance. The right outfit can lift you up; the wrong outfit can ruin you.
Cecil Beaton’s collection is vast and I urge you all to explore this master on your own.
Below, is a brief retrospective of his movie musical work. I’m sure you’ll agree with me that his attention to detail is staggering.
Please let me know if you agree!