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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


Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Cecil Beaton.


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, but only coped with salaried employment in his father's timber business for eight days. … Read More
1927 23 Years Old Beaton designed book jackets and costumes for charity matinees, learning the professional 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 traveled to England with his new friend Horst. … Read More


1938 34 Years Old Beaton is best 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. However in 1938, he inserted 'some tiny-but-still-legible anti-Semitic phrases (including the word 'kike') 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


1970 66 Years Old He also designed the period costumes for the 1970 film On a Clear Day You Can See Forever. … Read More
1972 68 Years Old He was made a Knight Bachelor in the New Year Honours 1972. … 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
1980 76 Years Old 1 More Event
In January 1980, he died at Reddish House, his home in Broad Chalke in Wiltshire, at the age of 76. … Read More
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