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Inspiration. Beaton’s Scrapbook.

I love inspiration boards — those collections of clippings, photos, swatches, natural and found objects that inspire collections, home decor, and a life well-lived.

So I was particularly excited to get the press release announcing Assouline’s Fall 2010 publication of Beaton:The Art of the Scrapbook.

He did dozens of them apparently. Sotheby’s in London holds them all. Beaton lived during a very exciting time and, self-taught, went on to become a world-renowned photographer, stage and film designer.

(Must have been the geometry of the situation that intrigued him. Or perhaps the chemistry?)

(Life… as he might have known it.)

(Peter Lorre and Fred Astaire on the same page? Not until “Silk Stockings.”)

Published by the very chic and stylish Assouline, Beaton: The Art of the Scrapbook won’t be cheap at USD$250. But at 400 pages and featuring 600 photographs, this more than a glance into one of the most iconic figures of the fashion world. Cultivate your eye and draw inspiration from a master.

7 thoughts on “Inspiration. Beaton’s Scrapbook.

  1. I love the idea of scrapbooks, idea boards, clippings arranged like a store window. Not so crazy about the scrapbook stores which equate to craft shops. This book looks fascinating–this inspires me to finish those scrapbooks I began when the children were young. Like sewing, one needs a table to set things out and leave out in between sessions I would think.

  2. I have collected Cecil Beaton books since the mid-1980s, and have dozens of them. Nothing, though, like these scrap books. I eagerly look forward to getting this book when it comes out. Thanks for the heads up!

  3. I like idea boards and scrap books, and have files and files of clippings that I use as a similar reference. Collect the styles you really admire and you will absorb them by osmosis.

    Beaton had an infallible eye, and finely tuned understanding of past styles. He understood the importance of collecting images and the way in which the mind synthesizes them.

  4. hello,

    I stumbled upon your blog looking for a good picture of this book and it turnes out the rest of your blog is cool as well 🙂 very very interesting

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