A Life in Fashion: the Wardrobe of Cecil Beaton
Thu 4th Nov 2021 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
This event has been rescheduled from 4th June 2020 due to coronavirus
When Cecil Beaton died in 1980, it was not surprising that one of his tailors was telephoned with the news before Buckingham Palace, despite his close association with the Royal Family. From the moment he arrived at Cambridge University in 1922, to his first meeting with Greta Garbo ten years later to his appearance at Truman Capote’s 1970 Black and White Ball, Beaton expressed a flamboyant sartorial nonchalance, his wardrobe expressing at once his confidence and insecurities. This illustrated lecture traces the story of how he used his clothing to curate personal and professional façades as his international career and fame grew.
Lecturer: Dr Benjamin Wild – Cultural Historian
Dr Wild teaches history at Sherborne School and has lectured on his areas of particular interest: cultural history, especially the history of fashion and balls, parties and fancy dress. He has written A Life in Fashion: The Wardrobe of Cecil Beaton .