Cecil Beaton at Colefax & Fowler

How about this for an insight into the elite design world of the twentieth century?…

The life of celebrated photographer and award-winning theatre, interior and costume designer, Sir Cecil Beaton, is captured in a new free exhibition at Colefax & Fowler’s famous showroom, 39 Brook Street, from 18th November – 5th December. Andrew Ginger, with his company Beaudesert, has collaborated with Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler to create ‘BEATON at BROOK STREET’ at their historic Mayfair premises.

CECIL BEATON AT HOME – TOWN & COUNTRY will be presented in The Yellow Room, contrasting Beaton’s London home, Pelham Place, with Ashcombe and Reddish, his Wiltshire country houses, through vivid room set recreations which reunite many of Beaton’s previously unseen photographs, artworks and possessions. Visit http://cecilbeatonathome.com/colefax-fowler/ for further information.

In recreating these cutting edge interiors of the last century, the exhibition illustrates how the diarist, dandy, socialite and intimate of royalty captured the creative spirit of successive generations…

 

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Beaton’s 1963 photograph of his Drawing Room at 8 Pelham Place, with a contemporary look and walls upholstered in black velvet. ©The Cecil Beaton Studio Archive at Sotheby’s

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Interior at Reddish House (Cecil Beaton) ©The Cecil Beaton Studio Archive at Sotheby’s

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Salvador and Gala Dali pictured by Beaton in the Sitting Room at Ashcombe, June 1936 ©The Cecil Beaton Studio Archive at Sotheby’s

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Nancy Lancaster, the owner of Colefax and Fowler, with her aunt Nancy Astor and Cecil Beaton in the 1950s. © Colefax and Fowler

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Cecil Beaton’s Flower Room, Reddish House (Cecil Beaton) ©The Cecil Beaton Studio Archive at Sotheby’s

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Sibyl Colefax at Ashcombe (Cecil Beaton) ©The Cecil Beaton Studio Archive at Sotheby’s

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Iconic Audrey Hepburn shot in “My Fair Lady”, 1963. © The Cecil Beaton Studio Archive at Sotheby’s

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