It’s been a busy month following the publication of my book, A Life in Fashion: The Wardrobe of Cecil Beaton by Thames & Hudson in Europe and America. Last week, on 14 March, to mark the international release of the book, I was joined by celebrated interior designer Nicky Haslam to discuss Cecil Beaton’s style and sartorial legacy in the sumptuous surroundings of Savile Row tailor Huntsman. Nicky and Beaton were long-time friends and so it was very special to hear episodes from the Sixties about Beaton’s clothing and changing attitudes to dress; Nicky said that no matter what the occasion, Beaton always looked perfectly attired! It meant much to talk in Huntsman because this is the only one of Beaton’s Savile Row tailors to still occupy the same space from the time he was a customer. To celebrate the event, the shop had been beautifully decorated with various photographs of Beaton, generously provided by the Cecil Beaton Studio Archive at Sotheby’s. We were incredibly fortunate to have Richard Young taking photographs (who has copyright over all images featured here).
The book has also featured in various magazines and newspapers around the world, including the New York Times, El Pais, Esquire (UK), The Cut, London Fashion Week: Daily and The World of Interiors. And that is not all!
I am talking about the book at various events around the UK during the coming months and it would be lovely to see lots of people there… Up next is a talk at the Victoria & Albert Museum (5 April) and an ‘in conversation’ about Beaton’s clothing and photography between photographer extraordinaire Tim Walker and me as part of Bath In Fashion (18 April). I think tickets for both events are still available!