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


Gwili Andre, 1932

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

Greta Garbo

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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


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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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