Cecil Beaton. Illustrated by the author.
Weidenfeld and Nicolson. London. 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. English. 225 x 155mm. 0.8kg. . Very good in very good dust jacket; slight wear to jacket at forecorners and spine ends with a few 0.5cm tears, short 1cm closed tear at lower edge of rear jacket, browning to spine, price-clipped; slight lean to spine, small bookseller's label to front pastedown.
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.