Queen Elizabeth II by Cecil Beaton

Revisited my favorite British museum, The Victoria and Albert Museum in order to see the new exhibition Queen Elizabeth II by Cecil Beaton. It is the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee this year and Victoria and Albert isn’t the only museum which will host a celebratory exhibition. On May 17th, the National Portrait Gallery will open a new exhibition entitled The Queen: Art and Image.

Truth be told, what really intrigued me with the V&A exhibition was to see the work of Sir Cecil Beaton. I initially fell in love with his work with the film My Fair Lady (1964) starring Audrey Hepburn, where he made the amazingly gorgeous costumes. An absolute must see film if you haven’t already! Now, his work with the Royal Family may not have been as exciting as his work with costumes for film, theater or photographs for Vogue but were truly iconic in their own way. I especially loved his silver gelatin images of the Queen posing in front of a gorgeous backdrop in true Fragonard, Rococo style with fresh picked flowers from his garden as props. But then again, I’m a huge fan of the Rococo movement and French painter Jean-Honoré Fragonard (1732-1806)!

Naturally the museum gift shop was fully stocked with postcards, calendars, chocolates and other royalty themed items for those of you interested in commemorating your experience at the exhibition.

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4 thoughts on “Queen Elizabeth II by Cecil Beaton

  1. Long live the Queen. The costumes in My Fair Lady were gorgeous and so was Audrey Hepburn, until she opened her mouth and that awful screech came out, pretending to be Cockney. Julie Andrews should have played that role.

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