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Gorgeously repackaged, this reissue of the classic book presents the iconic photographer s expert and witty reminiscences of the personalities who inspired fashion s golden eras, and left an indelible mark on his own sense of taste and style. The camera will never be invented that could capture or encompass all that he actually sees, Truman Capote once said of Cecil Beaton Gorgeously repackaged, this reissue of the classic book presents the iconic photographer s expert and witty reminiscences of the personalities who inspired fashion s golden eras, and left an indelible mark on his own sense of taste and style. The camera will never be invented that could capture or encompass all that he actually sees, Truman Capote once said of Cecil Beaton. Though known for his portraits, Beaton was as incisive a writer as he was a photographer. First published in 1954, The Glass of Fashion is a classic an invaluable primer on the history and highlights of fashion from a man who was a chronicler of taste, and an intimate compendium of the people who inspired his legendary eye. Across eighteen chapters, complemented by more than 150 of his own line drawings, Beaton writes with great wit about the influence of luminaries such as Chanel, Balenciaga, and Dior, as well as relatively unknown muses like his Aunt Jessie, who gave him his first glimpse of the grown-up world of fashion. Out of print for decades but recognized and sought after as a touchstone text, The Glass of Fashion will be irresistible to a new generation of fashion enthusiasts and a seminal book in any Beaton library. It is both a treasury and a treasure."


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Gorgeously repackaged, this reissue of the classic book presents the iconic photographer s expert and witty reminiscences of the personalities who inspired fashion s golden eras, and left an indelible mark on his own sense of taste and style. The camera will never be invented that could capture or encompass all that he actually sees, Truman Capote once said of Cecil Beaton Gorgeously repackaged, this reissue of the classic book presents the iconic photographer s expert and witty reminiscences of the personalities who inspired fashion s golden eras, and left an indelible mark on his own sense of taste and style. The camera will never be invented that could capture or encompass all that he actually sees, Truman Capote once said of Cecil Beaton. Though known for his portraits, Beaton was as incisive a writer as he was a photographer. First published in 1954, The Glass of Fashion is a classic an invaluable primer on the history and highlights of fashion from a man who was a chronicler of taste, and an intimate compendium of the people who inspired his legendary eye. Across eighteen chapters, complemented by more than 150 of his own line drawings, Beaton writes with great wit about the influence of luminaries such as Chanel, Balenciaga, and Dior, as well as relatively unknown muses like his Aunt Jessie, who gave him his first glimpse of the grown-up world of fashion. Out of print for decades but recognized and sought after as a touchstone text, The Glass of Fashion will be irresistible to a new generation of fashion enthusiasts and a seminal book in any Beaton library. It is both a treasury and a treasure."

30 review for Glass of Fashion: A Personal History of Fifty Years of Changing Tastes and the People Who Have Inspired Them

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lulu

    Gorgeous edition of fashion photographer Cecil Beaton's 1950s book, a sort of "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous" for the first half of the 20th century. This edition also has his sketches interspersed throughout and it's a fun, interesting read but one star taken off for the insane amount of typos. Grrrrr, especially for a beautiful new edition like this one. Gorgeous edition of fashion photographer Cecil Beaton's 1950s book, a sort of "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous" for the first half of the 20th century. This edition also has his sketches interspersed throughout and it's a fun, interesting read but one star taken off for the insane amount of typos. Grrrrr, especially for a beautiful new edition like this one.

  2. 4 out of 5

    JDAZDesigns

    Too bad the whole book isn't as compelling as Aunt Jessie. But alas, one good chapter does not make a good book. Too bad the whole book isn't as compelling as Aunt Jessie. But alas, one good chapter does not make a good book.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    This one wavered between taxing and insightful, though in the end I sped read through it. I never speed read. It started off endearing and had some bright shots throughout. Happy I read it, glad it's over. This one wavered between taxing and insightful, though in the end I sped read through it. I never speed read. It started off endearing and had some bright shots throughout. Happy I read it, glad it's over.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Gertie

    waited forever for this to come back in print!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Thea Macdonald

    These snippets of Cecil Beaton’s fashionable life give a lively insight into his experience through the first half of the 20th Century, an interesting viewpoint for how tastes had changed. Though he names several different people as undoubtedly the most stylish around, there are plenty insights into the value of the ‘minor arts’ which he champions well, just enough to make up for the proofing errors every few pages which jar with the care taken in the beautiful coffee table-type book. Neverthele These snippets of Cecil Beaton’s fashionable life give a lively insight into his experience through the first half of the 20th Century, an interesting viewpoint for how tastes had changed. Though he names several different people as undoubtedly the most stylish around, there are plenty insights into the value of the ‘minor arts’ which he champions well, just enough to make up for the proofing errors every few pages which jar with the care taken in the beautiful coffee table-type book. Nevertheless, great escapism to the sophisticated glamour of different ages !

  6. 5 out of 5

    Anne Merino

    I re-read this one periodically. It's a lovely book -- witty and wise. He represents an era of elegance and exquisite taste that is long gone. As the noted wit, Quentin Crisp once noted, "The ship of fashion has sunk off Punk Rock." I re-read this one periodically. It's a lovely book -- witty and wise. He represents an era of elegance and exquisite taste that is long gone. As the noted wit, Quentin Crisp once noted, "The ship of fashion has sunk off Punk Rock."

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kjerstyn

    This book was fascinating and inspiring.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mills College Library

    391.009 B3692 2014

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    Chloe Innes

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    Katrina Sark

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    Anna Lucia Uihlein

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    Lynda

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    Apolline

  29. 4 out of 5

    Evan Graham

  30. 4 out of 5

    Catriona

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