Sunday: 5 of 6

David Bailey.

The film Blowup (1966), directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, depicts the life of a London fashion photographer (played by David Hemmings) whose character was inspired by Bailey.
The “Swinging London” scene was aptly reflected in his Box of Pin-Ups (1964): a box of poster-prints of 1960s celebrities including Terence Stamp, The Beatles, Mick Jagger, Jean Shrimpton, PJ Proby, Cecil Beaton, Rudolf Nureyev, Andy Warhol and notorious East End gangsters, the Kray twins. The Box was an unusual and unique commercial release. (Read more)

Wednesday: 6 of 6

Marilyn Monroe 1956. Photo by the legendary Cecil Beaton.

Thursday: 5 of 6

Cecil Beaton in the Winter Garden, Reddish House 1961.

Thursday: 2 of 6

The great Maria Callas photographed by Cecil Beaton.

Have written before how I am receiving an education on American folk & country music πŸ™‚Β  (which is very interesting) but I am also educating in return with jazz and, but of course, opera.

Asked to nominate my favourite piece is difficult but O Mio Babbino Caro is one I play over and over. Each time brings tears to my eyes.

What a singer and a true citizen of the world! Born in New York, educated in Greece and discovered in Italy.

My Nonna tells me that people wept in the streets of Roma when they heard La Divina had died at only 53 years old!

Sunday: 2 of 6

A wonderful Norman Norell gown photographed by Cecil Beaton for Vogue 1956.

When I was studying fashion, I used to pore over photographs of clothes
designed by Norman Norell. It was unusual for an American designer of
that time to create clothes of such elegance and timelessness.

He died in 1972. (Wikipedia)

Tuesday:Post 4 of 6 – Kulturschlag

Audrey Hepburn photographed by Cecil Beaton.