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Cecil Beaton. Illustrated by the author.London. Weidenfeld and Nicolson. 1954. First edition, first printing. Red cloth boards, dust jacket. viii, 343 pages. Portrait frontispiece, 16 hors-texte b&w photographic plates and numerous line drawings in the text. 225 x 155mm (8¾ x 6"). 0.8kg. . English. Very good; some spotting and browning to dust jacket, some wear to jacket, with the occasional closed tear and some chipping to head and base of spine; some light spotting to endpapers and half-title; not price-clipped, no inscriptions, jacket preserved in archival plastic.The Glass of Fashion is 'A personal history of fifty years of changing tastes and the people who have inspired them'. Since childhood Beaton had been captivated by the personal style of Edwardian actresses and society ladies, whom he viewed from afar with a certain wonderment. This sense of wonder and admiration never left him and he remained fascinated by the connection between fashionable taste and the society that produced it. Beaton, with his wit and perfectly turned phrases, ensures that this is no dry history of early twentieth century fashion. It is a lively look at the vivid characters who have influenced the style of the time, the designers and the tastemakers, including Schiaparelli, Chanel, Dior, Diaghilev, Lady Diana Cooper, Syrie Maugham, Audrey Hepburn, Diana Vreeland, Christian Berard and many more. The text is accompanied by Beaton's own drawings and photographs.