Sunday 10 June 2012

    Cecil + Elizabeth


    To celebrate Her Majesty the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the Victoria and Albert Museum unveiled an exhibition of 60 royal photographs by Cecil Beaton (1904-1980).

    Queen Elizabeth II by Cecil Beaton: A Diamond Jubilee Celebration

    From teenage Princess, to mother and sovereign,

    the Queen posed for Cecil Beaton’s camera on many occasions from the 1940s to the 1960s.

    Queen Elizabeth II, White Drawing Room, 1968 :: The Queen wore a turquoise silk sleeveless shift dress with silver floral embroidery designed by Hardy Amies. 

    Queen Elizabeth II in the robes of Sovereign of the Order of the Garter. Music Room, Buckingham Palace 1968

    The Queen wearing the Admiral’s Boat Cloak

    Some extra tid bits

    The Order of the Garter was founded by King Edward III in 1348. It is the most senior British order of chivalry. The Queen wears the robes of the Sovereign of the Order: the blue riband (or sash) and the dark blue velvet mantle, on which is pinned the Garter Star. The star comprises the St George’s Cross within the Garter, surrounded by radiating silver beams. St George is the patron saint of the Order.

    The Coronation portraits were widely published and the Queen sent out numerous presentation prints as official gifts. Copies of this full-length portrait were given to the royal family and members of Prince Philip’s family. The Queen’s Coronation gown was designed by couturier Norman Hartnell and exquisitely embroidered with the floral emblems of the countries of the Commonwealth.

    The photographs of the British royal family by Sir Cecil Beaton (1904-1980) were central to shaping the monarchy’s public image in the mid-20th century. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was still a young princess when she first sat for Beaton in 1942. Over the next three decades he would be invited to photograph the Queen on many significant occasions, including her Coronation Day in 1953.

    {Images: Cecil Beaton via Victoria and Albert Museum}

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    Thursday 28 October 2010

    A certain romance


    I would love to live

    Like a rivers flows.

    Carried by the surprise

    Of its own unfolding.

    ~ John O’Donohue

    Photographer: Jamie Beck, New York.

    This is Glamorous, received the most charming letter from new york-based blogger/photographer jamie beck, who had the most beautiful idea to collaborate on a fashion photo shoot;  . . .  jamie had the wonderful thought for a shoot exclusively for {this is glamorous}, and what resulted was the utterly captivating romance of upswept hair and fluttery gowns, bare shoulders and opera gloves, and the always enchanting central park in the fleeting moments before nightfall, capturing the quiet spells of what could be a moment of repose before the night’s festivities, {perhaps an elegant dinner party and dancing until the early morning light}, at the very instant when daydreams & fairytales have been known to float along in the dusky and magical evening air . . .

    {p.s.} these images were shot on black & white film with an hasselblad, then hand processed and edited, the entire project taking four months to complete; this shoot also features the lovely styling work of anne of the city sage; more of jamie‘s wonderful work can be viewed on her blog, from me to you

    {Re-posted from This is Glamorous: Images: photography by jamie beck; styling by anne sage; makeup by alex almeida; accessories by bando; dresses by ashley cheeks & jenny yoo; model theresa berenato; quote via julia}

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