The chronicle of Cecil Beaton’s life is as dazzling as his thoughts on fashion and the legendary characters that eventually ended up in front of his camera and in his notes. Photographer, writer, draftsman, and, ultimately, the arbiter of taste, Beaton puts together an anthology of fashion in the first half of the 20th century and the people who inspired it. An eccentric account of the members of the fashion system as well as some familiar faces, like “A Lady of Fashion: [his] Aunt Jessie”.
Read the introduction and the first chapters here.
A heart-wrenching collection of love letters to the late designer by his former partner and collaborator. Pierre Bergé remembers his 50 years at the side of Yves Saint Laurent, from their coup de foudre and the creation of the Maison to the bitter moments of depression and drug addiction. An unusual, intimate perspective, in the shape of an epistolary novel, on the work and life of the couturier who moulded modern fashion.
Despite the success of his creations, Cristóbal Balenciaga was a reserved person, who kept away from the glories of his profession. The Master of Us All, as Christian Dior would call him, is the very much needed story of the couturier and his ascent, through the memory of his collaborator Florette Chelot.