Cecil Beaton
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"Sir Cecil Walter Hardy Beaton", CBE was an English fashion, portrait and war photographer, diarist, painter, interior designer and an Academy Award-winning stage design/stage and costume designer for films and the theatre. He was named to the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame in 1970.

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All I want is the best of everything and there's very little of that left.

More varied than any landscape was the landscape in the sky, with islands of gold and silver, peninsulas of apricot and rose against a background of many shades of turquoise and azure.

I have the worst ear for criticism; even when I have created a stage set I like, I always hear the woman in the back of the dress circle who says she doesn't like blue.

Oh, well, he couldn't do everything, could he?

Never in the history of fashion has so little material been raised so high to reveal so much that needs to be covered so badly.

An old Polish frog... with a huge casket of jewels... and she clicks her teeth and shrugs, "Only Rubbish. Much more in Paris."

San Francisco is perhaps the most European of all American cities.

Americans have an abiding belief in their ability to control reality by purely material means... airline insurance replaces the fear of death with the comforting prospect of cash.

What is elegance? Soap and water!