Cecil Beaton

Born Jan 14, 1904

Sir Cecil Walter Hardy Beaton, CBE was an English fashion, portrait and war photographer, diarist, painter, interior designer and an Academy Award-winning stage and costume designer for films and the theatre. He was named to the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame in 1970.… Read More

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  • Special Report: Fashion; Mary Katrantzou, As London’s Summer 2012 Shows End
    NYTimes - Sep 21, 2011
  • The New Season; Byzantium To The Bronx, A World Of Art
    NYTimes - Sep 18, 2011
  • Events; A Pop Up Shop Previews A Cecil Beaton Show
    NYTimes - Sep 15, 2011
  • On The Runway; Express To The Web
    NYTimes - Aug 28, 2011


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1904 Birth Beaton was born on 14 January 1904 in Hampstead, the son of Ernest Walter Hardy Beaton (1867–1936), a prosperous timber merchant, and his wife Etty Sissons (1872–1962). … Read More


1925 21 Years Old …  Beaton left Cambridge without a degree in 1925. … Read More
1927 23 Years Old Beaton designed book jackets, and costumes for charity matinees, learning the craft of photography at the studio of Paul Tanqueray, until Vogue took him on regularly in 1927. … Read More
1931 27 Years Old He was a photographer for the British edition of Vogue in 1931 when George Hoyningen-Huene, photographer for the French Vogue travelled to England with his new friend Horst. … Read More


1938 34 Years Old Beaton is known for his fashion photographs and society portraits. He worked as a staff photographer for Vanity Fair and Vogue in addition to photographing celebrities in Hollywood. In 1938, he inserted some improper words into American Vogue at the side of an illustration about New York society. … Read More


1946 42 Years Old After the war, Beaton tackled the Broadway stage, designing sets, costumes, and lighting for a 1946 revival of Lady Windermere's Fan, in which he also acted. … Read More
1953 49 Years Old …  Among the recollections were his associations with stars of Hollywood and British Royalty notably The Duke and Duchess of Windsor (to whom Beaton took their official wedding photographs on 3 June 1937 at relatively short notice); and official portraits of Queen Elizabeth (later Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother) and Her Majesty The Queen on her coronation day on 2 June 1953. … Read More


1972 68 Years Old He was made a Knight Bachelor in the 1972 New Year Honours. … Read More
1976 72 Years Old As a result of his stroke, Beaton became anxious about financial security for his old age and, in 1976, entered into negotiations with Philippe Garner, expert-in-charge of photographs at Sotheby's. … Read More
The last public interview given by Sir Cecil Beaton was in January 1980 for an edition of the BBC's Desert Island Discs. … Read More
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