THE GLASS OF FASHION by Cecil Beaton

THE GLASS OF FASHION

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A classy inventory of fashion and the minor arts in the last fifty years which begins with the memories of Edwardian elegance of his boyhood and traces the changing syntax of style in terms of the personalities who made it- and embodied it. And from the comme faut to the ne plus ultra, through the haute monde- and the demi monde- this mirrors Milady's charms with much of the softened focus of Beaton's pictures and the tapered appreciation of the aesthete. From Aunt Jessie, his first arbiter and influence, to Gaby Desiys his first beauty, the entourage is increasingly impressive and seductive and you will meet Consuelo Vanderbilt, Irene Castle, Mrs. Dudley Ward, Mrs. Harrison Williams, Lady Mendel, Mrs. Lydig- as well Poiret and Schiaparelli, Chanel and Dior. And for those who like Beaton find that ""fashions are ephemeral- but fashion is enduring"" this is groomed with glamour and moves through its rather circumscribed area- from the chic- to the chi chi- with fastidious delight, no decolletage, but a fair amount of ruching.

Publisher: Doubleday