Cecil Beaton, Thirty from the 1930s: Fashion, Film and Fantasy at the Fashion and Textile Museum

The Fashion and Textile Museum’s recent exhibition Night and Day: 1930s Fashion and Photographs focuses on the contrasting ideals of glamour and escapism throughout the decade, which witnessed the Depression and the beginnings of War, as well as the opening of department stores and emergence of top ready-to-wear designers. One room of the exhibition focuses entirely on works by Cecil Beaton, curated by Terence Pepper. Cecil Beaton, Thirty from the 30s: Fashion, Film and Fantasy includes photographs taken by Beaton during his trip to Hollywood; fashion shoots for Vogue magazine; and those taken at home at Ashcombe in Wiltshire. Stunning portraits of Elsa Schiaparelli, Coco Chanel, Marlene Dietrich, Queen Elizabeth and Vivien Leigh are highlights of the exhibition, which will run until 20 January, 2019.

The display coincides with the 50th anniversary of Cecil Beaton’s ground-breaking retrospective, organised by Sir Roy Strong, at the National Portrait Gallery in 1968.

As well as photographs by Cecil Beaton, the rest of the exhibition includes a selection of 1930s studio portraits by Dorothy Wilding, Madame Yevonde, and Paul Tanqueray. There are also photographs taken for the Daily Herald Newspaper which offer an alternative, and more everyday view of the 1930s.

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