Thursday, 3 September 2009

Cecil Beaton

Sir Cecil Beaton (1904–1980) Cecil Beaton’s contribution to 20th century art and design is unequalled. He dressed the stars of stage and screen with style and originality, photographed them artfully in his creations and wrote about them candidly in his memoirs. Tireless and determined, his prolific creative career spanned 60 years, always at the peak of the art and design establishment. His lens captured the greatest names in every field with an uncanny sense of composition and insight. His stage designs were unparalleled for Hollywood productions such as ‘Gigi’ (1958) and ‘My Fair Lady’ (1964), for which he also won Best Costume Design Oscars. Beaton’s artwork is also uniquely recognisable – bold, chic, with fluid spontaneous brush strokes – and still just as fresh and relevant to contemporary design today.

I went to see the Cecil Beaton exhibition at the Walker Art Gallery...Liverpool. I love his iconic photos of Audrey and Marilyn but I also adore his fabric designs and cushions and I could die for one of those chairs. He is an inspiration :)

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