Beaton, Cecil, 1904-1980

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Cecil Beaton, theatrical designer, won the 1960 Tony Award for costume design for his work on SARATOGA. He was also nominated for best scenic designer for the same production.

From the guide to the Costume designs for Saratoga, 1959, (The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.)

B. in London, 1904;d. January 18, 1980.

From the description of Cecil Beaton : Artist File. (International Center of Photography). WorldCat record id: 539084703

English costume designer, Cecil Beaton won one of his many Tony awards for his work on My Fair Lady.

From the description of Costume designs, [1956]. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 699525477

Sir Cecil Walter Hardy Beaton was an English fashion and portrait photographer and a stage and costume designer for films and the theater. Though primarily homosexual, he did have relationships with women, including the actress Greta Garbo.

From the description of Cecil Beaton correspondence, 1950-1979. (Peking University Library). WorldCat record id: 166636812

English artist and photographer.

From the description of Letter : Paris, to Mr. Toole-Smith, 1928 Feb. 13. (Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center (HRC); University of Texas at Austin). WorldCat record id: 122530507

Beaton (1904-1980) was a British photographer famous for his portraits.

From the description of Photographs, ca. 1943-1952. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79464624

From the guide to the Photographs, 1943-1952., (Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University)

Cecil Beaton, theatrical designer, won the 1960 Tony Award for costume design for his work on SARATOGA.

He was also nominated for best scenic designer for the same production.

From the description of Costume designs for Saratoga, [1959]. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122597061

Beaton was born in London and studied at St. John's College, Cambridge University. He enjoyed international success as a photographer, illustrator and designer during his lifetime. Throughout his career he photographed fashions for major magazines including Vogue and Harper's Bazaar. His sketches and society caricatures were frequently seen in these publications. Beaton served as official portrait photographer for the British royal family and during World War II his photography documented war-torn London. As a set and costume designer he worked on School for Scandal, Gigi, My Fair Lady, Turandot, Anna Karenina, and An Ideal Husband. He won an Academy Award costume design for Gigi in 1958 and for set and costume design for My Fair Lady in 1965. Beaton authored approximately 39 books including Book of Beauty (1930), The Glass of Fashion (1954) and Fashion: an anthology (1971). His life is documented in a series of diaries published throughout his lifetime.

In 1960 he received the French Legion of Honor and in 1972 he was knighted by H.R.M. Queen Elizabeth.

From the description of Cecil Beaton sketch collection, 1950-1959. (Fashion Institute of Tech Library). WorldCat record id: 773496517

Diana Vreeland, renowned editor-in-chief of Vogue, and fashion editor of Harper's Bazaar, was a dominant force in the fashion industry of the mid-twentieth century. She was born Diana Dalziel in Paris in 1903, the daughter of British stockbroker Frederick Young Dalziel and Emily Key Hoffman, an American. In 1924, she married Thomas Reed Vreeland (1899-1906), a banker and international financier. The Vreeland marriage produced two sons, Thomas Reed, Jr. and Frederick Dalziel.

Although born into a wealthy and socially prominent family, Vreeland worked for most of her life. From the late 1920s to the mid-1930s, she ran a small lingerie business in London. After the Vreelands returned to the United States, she began writing a freelance column "Why don't you?" for Harper's Bazaar. In 1937, Vreeland was hired for the as fashion editor and she remained at Harper's Bazaar for twenty-five years. She resigned in March of 1962, disappointed that she was not asked to succeed Carmel Snow as editor-in-chief.

Vreeland's next career move was to Vogue, the leading rival of Harper's Bazaar. In an article in the New York Times announcing Vreeland's appointment as associate editor, Carrie Donovan wrote, "Mrs. Vreeland is the most respected editor in the fashion business today. Her appearance at a fashion show is a the highest accolade a designer can hope for. ... Along with the late Carmel Snow, editor-in-chief of Harper's Bazaar, Mrs. Vreeland is credited with shaping the image of the magazine and, in turn, the looks of thousands of women." (New York Times, March 28, 1962).

At Vogue, she quickly rose to the position of editor-in-chief. She put her own personal stamp on the magazine and continued to make headlines in the fashion and business world. However, her personal style and extravagant spending conflicted with the priorities of the magazine's publisher. She was replaced as editor-in-chief in 1971, retaining the position of consultant.

During the final stage in her very long career, Vreeland revived the dormant Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Under her guidance and patronage, the Costume Institute would launch several spectacular exhibits that attracted the social elite and received high profile publicity. Among her Costume Institute triumphs were "The World of Balenciaga" in 1972 and "Romantic and Glamorous Hollywood Design" in 1974.

During the 1980s, Vreeland published two books, Allure (co-authored with Christopher Hemphill) and her autobiography, D.V..

Vreeland died in 1989, in New York City after a long period of illness.

From the guide to the Diana Vreeland papers, 1899-2000, 1930-1989, (The New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division.)

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creatorOf Beaton, Cecil, 1904-1980. Costume designs, [1956]. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Kinross, Patrick Balfour, Baron, 1904-. Papers of Patrick Balfour, Baron Kinross, 1922-1976. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
creatorOf Crain, W. H. W.H. Crain Costume and Scenic Design Collection ca. 1650-1993 (bulk 1900-1960). Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
referencedIn Cecil Beaton collection, [ca. 1956-ongoing]. Museum of Performance & Design
referencedIn The Cole Porter Collection, 1901-1992 (inclusive) Irving S. Gilmore Music Library, Yale University
referencedIn Miscellaneous theatrical costume designs, ca. 1914-1978. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn George Lynes Platt photographs, 1935-1953. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
creatorOf Beaton, Cecil, 1904-1980. Letters and telegram by Cecil Beaton, 1946-1967. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Stein, Gertrude, 1874-1946. Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas papers, 1837-1961. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Levin, Herman, 1907-1990. Herman Levin papers, 1943-1981. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
creatorOf Beaton, Cecil, 1904-1980. [Programs] New York Public Libraries for the Performing Arts, Dance Collection
referencedIn Pereira, I. Rice (Irene Rice), 1902-1971. Papers, 1929-1976 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
creatorOf Lynes, George Platt, 1907-1955. George Platt Lynes Collection, 1926-1997, (bulk 1930s-1940s). Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf Beaton, Cecil Walter Hardy, Sir, 1904-. Cecil Beaton : artist file : study photographs and reproductions of works of art with accompanying documentation 1930?-1990 [graphic] [compiled by staff of The Museum of Modern Art, New York]. Frick Art Reference Library of The Frick Collection
referencedIn Oscar Wilde and his Literary Circle Collection: Wildeiana, 1858-1998 William Andrews Clark Memorial Library.
creatorOf Diana Vreeland papers, 1899-2000, 1930-1989 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Lincoln Kirstein papers, ca. 1914-1991 The New York Public Library. Jerome Robbins Dance Division.
creatorOf Howard, Elizabeth Jane. Papers of Elizabeth Jane Howard, 1933-2009. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
creatorOf Beaton, Cecil, 1904-1980. Photographs, ca. 1943-1952. Harvard University, Houghton Library
creatorOf Borodin, Aleksandr Porfirʹevich, 1833-1887. Le pavillon : ballet sur la musique de Borodine : arrangé et orchestré par Antal Dorati : manuscript, 1936 Aug. 1. Harvard University, Harvard Theater Collection, Harvard College Library
creatorOf Vreeland, Diana. Diana Vreeland papers, 1899-2000 (bulk 1930-1989). New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Humphrey Carpenter Papers on W. H. Auden, 1978-1982. Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library,
referencedIn Ruth Gordon and Garson Kanin Papers, 1921-1993, (bulk 1940-1959) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Lunt, Alfred. Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne papers, 1838-1983. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
creatorOf Pollack, Peter, 1909-1978. Peter Pollack papers, 1945-1978. Getty Research Institute
referencedIn Frederick Brisson papers, 1934-1984 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
creatorOf Beaton, Cecil, 1904-1980. [Collection of materials, in English, Swedish and Danish, relating to Isak Dinesen, including the first appearance of her tale The Ghost horses, 5 photographs by Cecil Beaton of Dinesen in her later years, and various newspaper and magazine articles about Dinesen] HCL Technical Services, Harvard College Library
referencedIn Beaton, Cecil, 1904-1980. Cecil Beaton sketch collection, 1950-1959. Fashion Institute of Technology Library, Gladys Marcus Library
referencedIn Lillian Gish papers, 1909-1992 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn Dame Edith Sitwell Collection TXRC06-A5., 1904-1964, (bulk dates 1918-1960) Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
referencedIn Kirstein, Lincoln, 1907-1996. Papers, ca. 1914-1991. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Photographs, 1943-1952. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University
creatorOf Harper, Allanah, 1904-1992. Allanah Harper Papers, 1931-1993. Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
referencedIn Green, Sam, 1966-. Oral history interviews with Sam Green, 2007-2009, undated. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Hart, Moss, 1904-1961. Moss Hart and Kitty Carlisle papers, 1922-1962, 1988. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas papers, 1837-1961 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Ivor Novello Stage and Film Collection, 1910s-1951 V & A Department of Theatre and Performance
creatorOf Sitwell, Edith, 1887-1964. Dame Edith Sitwell Collection, 1904-1964 (bulk 1918-1960). Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf [Cecil Beaton : Australian Art and Artists file]. Libraries Australia
referencedIn Ford, Charles Henri, 1913-. Charles Henri Ford Papers, 1928-1981. Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf Costume designs for Saratoga, 1959 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn Allanah Harper Papers TXRC99-A8., 1931-1993 Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
referencedIn Bismarck, Mona Strader, 1897-1983. Photograph collection, ca. 1860-1979. The Filson Historical Society
referencedIn Beaton, Cecil, 1904-1980 : [miscellaneous ephemeral material]. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
referencedIn Martita Hunt Collection, c.1910s - 1960s V & A Department of Theatre and Performance
referencedIn Papers, 1929-1976 Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
creatorOf Beaton, Cecil, 1904-1980. Artist file. Brooklyn Museum Libraries & Archives
creatorOf Beaton, Cecil, 1904-1980. Costume designs for Saratoga, [1959]. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Carpenter, Humphrey. Carpenter Humphrey papers , 1978-1982. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Kar, Ida, 1908-1974. Ida Kar Collection. Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf B. J. Simmons & Co. B. J. Simmons & Co. Costume Design Records, 1878-1969 (bulk 1900-1960). Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf Man Ray, 1890-1976. Photographic portraits of Ilka Chase by Man Ray and others, 1925-1930s. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Brown, William Theo, 1919-. William Theo Brown papers, 1845-1971. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Siegfried Sassoon Papers of the Sitwells, 1918-1957 Washington State University Libraries: Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
creatorOf Beaton, Cecil, 1904-1980. Cecil Beaton : Artist File. International Center of Photography
creatorOf Worth, Irene, 1916-2002. Irene Worth papers, 1951-1996. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Robsjohn-Gibbings, Terence Harold, 1905-1976. Terence Harold Robsjohn-Gibbings papers, 1940-1965. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Beaton, Cecil, 1904-1980. Cecil Beaton sketch collection, 1950-1959. Fashion Institute of Technology Library, Gladys Marcus Library
referencedIn Gordon, Ruth, 1896-1985. Ruth Gordon and Garson Kanin papers, 1921-1993 (bulk 1940-1959). Library of Congress
creatorOf Beaton, Cecil Walter Hardy. [Cecil Walter Hardy Beaton] : artist file John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art Library, Ringling Museum Library
referencedIn American Ballet Theatre records, 1936-ca. 1967 The New York Public Library. Jerome Robbins Dance Division.
referencedIn Stein, Gertrude, 1874-1946. Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas papers, 1837-1961. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Beaton, Cecil, 1904-1980. Letter : Paris, to Mr. Toole-Smith, 1928 Feb. 13. Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf Acosta, Mercedes de. Papers, 1855-1964 (bulk 1920-1962). Rosenbach Museum & Library
referencedIn Costume designs and drawings for ballets, 1918-1976. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
creatorOf Gish, Lillian, 1893-1993. Lillian Gish papers, 1909-1992. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Eppes, William D. Autograph collection of William D. Eppes, 1908-1998. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Beaton, Cecil, 1904-1980. Musical comedies. Tenderloin [Programs] New York Public Libraries for the Performing Arts, Dance Collection
creatorOf Landgren, Marchal E. Marchal Landgren papers, 1928-1983. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Beaton, Cecil, 1904-1980. Beaton, Cecil : [photography bio file]. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
referencedIn Bismarck, Mona Strader, 1897-1983. Mona Strader Bismarck : papers, 1916-1982. The Filson Historical Society
referencedIn Porter, Cole, 1891-1964. The Cole Porter collection, 1901-1992 (inclusive). Yale University, Music Library
referencedIn Beaton, Cecil Walter Hardy, 1904-1980 : [miscellaneous ephemeral material]. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
creatorOf Beaton, Cecil, 1904-1980. Correspondence and contracts. New York Public Libraries for the Performing Arts, Dance Collection
creatorOf Tennant, Stephen. Papers, 1929-1977. Washington State University, Holland and Terrell Libraries
referencedIn Miller, Christian William. Christian William Miller papers, 1943-1995 (bulk 1943-1969). Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Charles Henri Ford Papers TXRC97-A13., 1928-1981 Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
referencedIn Loos, Anita, 1893-1981. Anita Loos letters to Michael Rosenauer, 1928-1932. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Lunt, Alfred. Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne papers, 1838-1983. Wisconsin Historical Society
creatorOf Swanson, Gloria. Papers. Series V. Biographical/Personal Papers, 18??-1983. Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
referencedIn Loos, Anita, 1894-1981. Anita Loos letters to Michael Rosenauer, 1928-1932. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Sassoon, Siegfried, 1886-1967. Sitwell Papers, 1918-1957. Washington State University, Holland and Terrell Libraries
creatorOf Beaton, Cecil, 1904-1980. Cecil Beaton correspondence, 1950-1979. Princeton University Library
creatorOf Moore, Marianne, 1887-1972. General correspondence, 1901-1972. Rosenbach Museum & Library
referencedIn Sitwell, Edith, 1887-1964. Autograph letter signed : London, to Kenneth Clark, "Sunday" [after 1957 July 31]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn DaCosta, Morton, 1914-1989. Papers, 1959. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
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associatedWith Acosta, Mercedes de. person
correspondedWith American Ballet Theatre corporateBody
associatedWith Arlen, Harold, 1905-1986. person
associatedWith A. W. Pinero. person
associatedWith Beaton, Cecil Walter Hardy, Sir, 1904- person
associatedWith Berman, Eugene, 1899- person
associatedWith Bismarck, Mona Strader, 1897-1983. person
associatedWith Bismarck, Mona Strader, 1897-1983. person
associatedWith B. J. Simmons & Co. corporateBody
associatedWith Borodin, Aleksandr Porfirʹevich, 1833-1887. person
correspondedWith Boxer, Mark person
associatedWith Brisson, Frederick, 1912-1984 person
associatedWith Brown, William Theo, 1919- person
associatedWith Burton, Hal, 1908- person
associatedWith Capote, Truman, 1924-1984 person
associatedWith Carpenter, Humphrey. person
associatedWith Cecil Beaton. person
associatedWith Cecil Walter Hardy Beaton, person
associatedWith Cole Porter person
associatedWith Coward, Noel person
associatedWith Coward, Noel, 1889-1973. person
associatedWith Crain, W. H. person
associatedWith DaCosta, Morton, 1914-1989. person
associatedWith Eppes, William D. person
associatedWith Ford, Charles Henri, 1913- person
correspondedWith Garbo, Greta, 1905-1990 person
associatedWith Gish, Lillian, 1893-1993. person
correspondedWith Gordon, Ruth, 1896-1985 person
associatedWith Green, Sam, 1966- person
associatedWith Harper, Allanah, 1904-1992 person
associatedWith Hart, Moss, 1904-1961. person
associatedWith Howard, Elizabeth Jane. person
associatedWith Hunt, Martita., 1900-1969 person
associatedWith Irene Rice Pereira, 1902-1971 person
correspondedWith Kanin, Garson, 1912-1999 person
associatedWith Kar, Ida, 1908-1974. person
associatedWith Kinross, Patrick Balfour, Baron, 1904-. person
associatedWith Kirstein, Lincoln, 1907-1996. person
associatedWith Landgren, Marchal E. person
associatedWith Levin, Herman, 1907-1990. person
associatedWith Loewe, Frederick, 1901-1988. person
associatedWith Loos, Anita, 1893-1981. person
associatedWith Lunt, Alfred. person
associatedWith Lynes, George Platt, 1907-1955. person
associatedWith Man Ray, 1890-1976. person
associatedWith Miller, Christian William. person
associatedWith Moore, Marianne, 1887-1972. person
associatedWith Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Novello, Ivor., 1893-1951 person
associatedWith Olivier, Laurence, 1907-1989. person
associatedWith Onassis, Jacqueline Kennedy, 1929-1994 person
associatedWith Pereira, I. Rice (Irene Rice), 1902-1971. person
associatedWith Pinero, Arthur Wing, Sir, 1855-1934. person
associatedWith Pollack, Peter, 1909-1978. person
associatedWith Porter, Cole, 1891-1964. person
associatedWith Robsjohn-Gibbings, Terence Harold, 1905-1976. person
associatedWith Sassoon, Siegfried, 1886-1967. person
associatedWith Save the Children Fund (Great Britain) corporateBody
associatedWith Sitwell, Edith, Dame, 1887-1964 person
associatedWith Stein, Gertrude, 1874-1946. person
associatedWith Swanson, Gloria. person
associatedWith Tennant, Stephen. person
associatedWith The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art Library. corporateBody
associatedWith Vreeland, Diana person
associatedWith Vreeland, Diana. person
associatedWith Vreeland family family
associatedWith William Andrews Clark Memorial Library. corporateBody
correspondedWith Windsor, Wallis Warfield, Duchess of, 1896-1986 person
associatedWith Worth, Irene, 1916-2002. person
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England
England
Great Britain
Subject
Portrait photography
Diplomatic and consular service, American
Art, British
Photographers--Sources
Costume design
Photographers
Authors, English--20th century--Correspondence
Fashion design
Costume Institute (New York, N.Y.)--Exhibitions
Fashion photography
Jewelry--Private collections--United States
Buddhist education
Costume designers--Sources
Celebrities--Correspondence
Art--British (?)--Reproductions
Celebrities--Pictorial works
Theaters--Stage-setting and scenery
Fashion editors--United States
World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, American
Set designers--20th century--Correspondence
Costume designers--20th century--Correspondence
Photographers--20th century--Correspondence
Theater--History--20th century
Occupation
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Birth 1904-01-14

Death 1980-01-18

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