The Glass of Fashion: A Personal History of Fifty Years of Changing Tastes and the People Who Have Inspired Them

By Cecil Beaton

Gorgeously repackaged, this reissue of the vintage ebook provides the enduring photographer’s specialist and witty memories of the personalities who encouraged fashion’s golden eras, and left an indelible mark on his personal experience of flavor and magnificence. "The digital camera is just not invented which can seize or surround all that he really sees," Truman Capote as soon as acknowledged of Cecil Beaton. even though identified for his pictures, Beaton used to be as incisive a author as he used to be a photographer. First released in 1954, The Glass of favor is a classic—an necessary primer at the background and highlights of favor from a guy who used to be a chronicler of style, and an intimate compendium of the folks who encouraged his mythical eye. throughout eighteen chapters, complemented by means of greater than one hundred fifty of his personal line drawings, Beaton writes with nice wit in regards to the effect of luminaries corresponding to Chanel, Balenciaga, and Dior, in addition to rather unknown muses like his Aunt Jessie, who gave him his first glimpse of "the grown-up international of fashion." Out of print for many years yet famous and wanted as a touchstone textual content, The Glass of style may be impossible to resist to a brand new new release of style lovers and a seminal ebook in any Beaton library. it's either a treasury and a treasure.

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Along with his dashingly dressed spouse, his apartment, and his entertainments, Baron de Meyer was once a guy of flamboyant flavor, the 1st photographer to own a cosmopolitan experience that got here via his paintings. He used to be an excellent snob, and if he photographed a undeniable lady, the implication used to be that she had attained a excessive place within the social scene. The innate discrimination of his contact can be noticeable in each picture: if a bibelot seemed on a desk in a nook of an image, it was once absolute to be a stupendous bibelot, simply because the desk itself bespoke caliber.

But while Luisa Amon from Milan first married Camillo Casati, an exceptional huntsman, the grasp of the Roman hounds and president of the Jockey membership in Rome, she used to be thought of by way of all those that first observed her on the Meets of the quest to be the mousy little spouse of the grasp. Little did they count on the transformation that was once to happen. The mousy hair burst into flames, the eyelashes unfold like peacock feathers, she wearing a method completely of her personal invention, in incroyable sheaths made up of imitation fur, her head part hidden underneath a black lace-and-satin coal scuttle.

The major lady’s robes have been necessarily made via Lucille and have been masterpieces of tricky workmanship. It used to be the style for ladies to put on high-waisted Directoire clothes, falling immediately to the ground, the place the wearers’ ft will be laden by means of bead-fringes and probably clinging trains. Lucile labored with smooth fabrics, delicately sprinkling them with bead or sequin embroidery, with filigree lace insertions, precise fans’ knots, and garlands of minute roses. Her color feel used to be so sophisticated that the delicacy of aspect may possibly scarcely been noticeable at a distance, although the impact she created used to be of an indefinable shimmer.

Without doubt there have been many ears that defied the Sacre du Printemps, simply as many eyes couldn't savour Les Demoiselles d’Avignon. With the passing of the years, those self same eyes and ears got here to simply accept the portray and song which that they had initially rejected so violently. in relation to Mrs. Vernon fort, no such time lapse existed: ladies are even more open to adjustments in type than the general public is open to innovative traits in paintings. within the spring of 1911, whilst England used to be at the eve of George V’s coronation, New Yorkers have been heralding Victor Herbert’s operettas, Oscar Straus’s The Chocolate Soldier, or the crimson woman with omit Hazel sunrise.

I by no means stumbled on who Signor Comelli used to be, yet because the invisible wizard backstage, he correlated in fabulous concord the opalescent mauves, blues, and pinks that ruled his unusual global. The major lady’s robes have been necessarily made by way of Lucille and have been masterpieces of complex workmanship. It was once the style for ladies to put on high-waisted Directoire clothes, falling instantly to the ground, the place the wearers’ toes will be laden via bead-fringes and doubtless clinging trains. Lucile labored with gentle fabrics, delicately sprinkling them with bead or sequin embroidery, with filigree lace insertions, precise fans’ knots, and garlands of minute roses.

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