Cecil Beaton, fully Sir Cecil Walter Hardy Beaton

Cecil
Beaton, fully Sir Cecil Walter Hardy Beaton
1904
1980

Photographic Portrait Artist, Portrait Photographer, Diarist, Painter, Interior Designer and Academy Award-winning Costume Designer for films and theatre

Author Quotes

All I want is the best of everything and there's very little of that left.

Americans have an abiding belief in their ability to control reality by purely material means... airline insurance replaces the fear of death with the comforting prospect of cash.

I can't afford a whole new set of enemies.

I have the worst ear for criticism; even when I have created a stage set I like, I always hear the woman in the back of the dress circle who says she doesn't like blue.

More varied than any landscape was the landscape in the sky, with islands of gold and silver, peninsulas of apricot and rose against a background of many shades of turquoise and azure.

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.

On close inspection, this device turned out to be a funereal juke box - the result of mixing Lloyd's of London with the principle of the chewing gum dispenser.

Perhaps the world’s second worst crime is boredom. The first is being a bore.

The truly fashionable are beyond fashion.

What is elegance? Soap and water!

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.

Author Picture
First Name
Cecil
Last Name
Beaton, fully Sir Cecil Walter Hardy Beaton
Birth Date
1904
Death Date
1980
Bio

Photographic Portrait Artist, Portrait Photographer, Diarist, Painter, Interior Designer and Academy Award-winning Costume Designer for films and theatre