Sir Cecil Walter Hardy Beaton, CBE (14 January 1904 – 18 January 1980) was an English fashion and portrait photographer, diarist, 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.
In retrospect, Mr. Beaton in the early 1930′s became a visionariness in his own right with his use of camera uniting what is our modern day trend with Vogue fashion photography and society portraits. As a diarist captured by magazines, the concept of scrap-booking was well introduced by Cecil as an organized format to keep his tendencies to hoard pictures of all things fashion and celebrities artistically archived. And with the insightful publication of “BEATON The Art of the Scrapbook” by James Danziger, we have the opportunity to be invited into Cecil Beaton intriguing gallery housing a half century of personality clippings. Assouline’s publication of the Beaton collected visuals allows us to make a reflective guess as to what might continue to transcend time for a vogue omnipresent. Will humans grow tired of the celebrity stardom and elements of fashion or will the Hollywood myth be perpetuated by all of us becoming fashionable celebrities in our virtual scrapbooks?!?