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Photograph - Schiaparelli Evening Dresses

Schiaparelli Evening Dresses

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:


  • Date:

    06/04/1936 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Beaton, Cecil (Sir), born 1904 - died 1980 (photographer)

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case X, shelf 908, box A

Fashion photographer Sir Cecil Beaton (1904 – 1980) launched his career as a 'society' photographer in 1926 with an exhibition in London that won him an immediate contract with Vogue, where he worked for the next 30 years.

Beaton's fascination with glamour and high society prevailed throughout his life and in 1937 he became court photographer to the British Royal Family. He also became a successful set and costume designer for stage and film productions, most notably My Fair Lady (1956) and Gigi (1958).

Physical description

This photograph depicts two models wearing Elsa Schiaparelli evening dresses against a simple studio setting with two large arrow props pointing upwards. It was taken in the Paris Vogue studio by Cecil Beaton in August 1936 and shows fashion models Lyla Zelensky (left) and Miss Ford (right).

Place of Origin



06/04/1936 (made)


Beaton, Cecil (Sir), born 1904 - died 1980 (photographer)

Object history note

This photograph was taken in the Paris Vogue Studio in 1936 and published in Paris Vogue.

Descriptive line

20thC; Beaton Cecil, Evening dresses. Published in French Vogue in 1936.


Fashion; Photographs


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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