On the last Tuesday of October I had a privilege to be invited to a very special opening night reception of "Cecil Beaton. The New York Years." exhibition at The Museum Of The City Of New York. Many of you know what a great source of inspiration the legendary Beaton has been for me for so many years now and to see rare collection of letters, images made by Beaton, rare photographs which were never released before and even have an opportunity to stand just a breath away from some of Beaton's spectacular costumes was, definitely, one of the most memorable experiences of this year for me.
have been invited to the opening night by two remarkable gentlemen who travelled all the way from Britain for this occasion. Roger and Andrew - creative, brilliant minds behind one of the most beautiful, chic and exquisite line of textiles and wall paper with various Cecil Beaton's sketch books drawings. I have been working with this fabrics on several occasions creating hats for some of my Collections and it is always such a great feeling of satisfaction to work with something so beautiful! Here you see a picture of Roger I snapped while he was enjoying the privet tour of the Exhibition. :-))) I thought he looked absolutely impeccable! :-)
It is one of my dreams to travel to Wiltshire to visit Roger's and Andrew's Beaudesert showroom .I hope one day I will be able do it, but for now I often visit their beautiful website http://www.cecilbeatonfabrics.com/ - to me it is a window to magic world of beautiful prints and ideas. One of the most unique decorations of the Cecil Beaton Exhibition, I thought, were walls done in wallpaper with Beaton prints produced by Roger and Andrew. You can see it on some of the images here - aren't they just breathtaking?
I enjoyed every bit of the evening so very much! Thank you Roger and Andrew for giving me this experience. :-) I have discovered so many new things about Beaton I never I knew - one of the most interesting discoveries was Beaton's almost obsessive love with Greta Garbo...I ended up sketching a hat on the napkin of the cocktail bar inspired by photographs Beaton made of Greta during their romantic relationship. Ultimately, I think this Exhibition is one of those rare jewels you don't get to see so often. If you are in New York, make it a must visit place, I know you will not regret it.:-)
I am wishing everyone wonderful weekend. It is deep Fall in New York and I love its cool, gold brilliance. I am enjoying the company of my students - so lucky to have talented, creative, spirited people around me. :-) This weekend I will be enjoying very rare quite time at home with some friends over for barbecue and wine.Sending many beautiful wishes to all of you and I hope you will enjoy the rest of the images from the Exhibition.