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Schiaparelli Evening Dresses

Photograph
06/04/1936 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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).


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Brief Description
20thC; Beaton Cecil, Evening dresses. Published in French Vogue in 1936.
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).
Object history
This photograph was taken in the Paris Vogue Studio in 1936 and published in Paris Vogue.
Summary
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).
Collection
Accession Number
193-1977

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record createdJune 12, 2009
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