Christmas List 2016

Is it really Christmas ? What 2016. I have just emerged from the 18th century… Yes really, countless house visits and lectures later, essay in, exams finished . But oh have I feasted… visually replete and synapses still fizzing. Time to … Continue reading

Summer Stripes

So It all started again in Venice, with stripes, the obsession – that is.  I mean Biennale was fabulous, the Gritti perfection, the weather mixed (read: lashings of rain) … but hey, I put a good face on it, because … Continue reading

Celebrating Cecil

There’s an immediate ‘click’ when you share a passion, in this instance Cecil Beaton. Talking to Andrew Ginger who conceived and put together the exhibition Beaton at Home was fascinating, 10 minutes swiftly became an hour…because there’s so much to … Continue reading

Heirloom Thoughts

What makes an heirloom ? provenance? price? quality? or family line,  love and memories?  Prior to this post ‘heirloom’ echoed with Mitford meeds Devonshire associations of inherited privilege.  But then I saw a article which caught my imagination, made me … Continue reading

Beatonesque

I saw this title on Pinterest and it piqued my interest, Cecil Beaton defined his era in many ways, but what is the definition of Beatonesque?  Mario Testino says he marked his period as if he were the only photographer around, … Continue reading

Beaton’s Paradise Lost

In every life there are the rites of passage that define and shape it, from the joys of falling in love … to  the vicissitudes of moving house. These two events are united in the case of Cecil Beaton, aesthete … Continue reading