Tuesday, April 12, 2011

In Elegance..Another Vintage-Worthy Tuesday!



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.





Cecil Beaton








Robert F. Kennedy and wife Ethel, an early portrait of an American icon. June 1, 1961, Vogue




Katherine Hepburn

July 1934, Vanity Fair





Marilyn 




Gwili Andre, 1932

“All I want is the best of everything and there's very little of that left” Cecil Beaton via




Greta Garbo

these images via









The Wyndham Sisters





Marilyn Monroe




Marlene Dietrich 1935




Albert Camus (one of my favorites and who was a brilliant writer!) via




Pablo Picasso




The Sitwells: Edith, Sacheverell and Osbert for Vanity Fair, 1931


Never in the history of fashion has so little material been raised so high to reveal so much that needs to be covered so badly. Cecil Beaton via



Audrey 1960

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Grace Kelly



Bianca Jagger

1978

image via








The Nostalgia Issue, Vogue June 1948



Irving Penn's photo of Cecil Beaton with Nude in 1946.












Greta Garbo

Cecil Beaton had an obsession with Greta Garbo. When he first moved to Hollywood, as illustrated in his visual diaries,
one of his earliest surrealistic collages were of Garbo's face in a calla lily..."They had a complicated friendship. It was a romantic relationship to a certain extent, but Beaton was gay. Garbo was complicated. Beaton was very passionate about her and, from his diaries, you get a sense that the relationship existed on a sexual level for him. The relationship actually came to an end when she asked him to take her passport picture, and he came over to her apartment in New York, took the picture and then released the outtakes to a magazine. She never spoke to him again."  text via




Norma Shearer, Vanity Fair 1930

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