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Nancy Beaton 1932 (by dovima_is_devine_II)

Rani Sita Devi of Kapurthala was a remarkable woman, legendary for her beauty and style, and adored by everyone from Andre Durst to Ira Gershwin. Labeled a ‘Secular Goddess’ by Vogue magazine, and known as ‘The Pearl of India’, she took Europe’s fashion houses by storm, dripping in silk and diamonds. On one of her trips, she met noted fashion designer of the day Elsa Schiaparelli, a contemporary and archrival of Coco Chanel.

Rani Sita Devi of Kapurthala

Maharaj Kumar Rani Sita Devi of Kapurthala by Cecil Beaton, 1937

Sybil (nee Sassoon), Marchioness of Cholmondeley photographed by Cecil Beaton in the gardens at Houghton Hall, Norfolk, late 1920s

hotel-haute-societe: “ Sybil (nee Sassoon), Marchioness of Cholmondeley photographed by Cecil Beaton in the gardens at Houghton Hall, Norfolk, late ”

Tim Walker (sleeping beneath a starry night)

Terrified Baby who survived the Japanese bombing of Shanghai's South Station August 28 1937 [960x783]

Terrified Baby who survived the Japanese bombing of Shanghai's South Station August 28 1937 [960x783]

Chanel, Vogue, 1935 photo by Cecil Beaton (via Cult of Aphrodite Vintage on Facebook)

Chanel, Cecil Beaton portrait in Vogue, 1935

Cecil Beaton began his long and illustrious photography career as a fashion and society photographer in 1920s London. Beaton was a member of a lavish and exclusive world occupied by the young aristocrats and socialites of the day who were referred to as "The Bright Young Things". This young and affluent set were notorious for their elaborate fancy dress balls, excessive partying, drinking and experimentation with drugs.

Bright Young Things: The Glittery World Of 1920s Young Society

Cecil Beaton's sisters, Baba and Nancy Beaton. Photo by Cecil Beaton,

vintage everyday: Interesting Photos of Women in World War II Some 72,000 women would join the Wrens (Women's Royal Naval Service), freeing British sailors for combat duty by taking on home front jobs, like this Wren, an armorer at a Scottish Royal Air Force Base.

Some women joined the Women's Royal Naval Service, freeing British sailors for combat duty by taking on home front jobs, like this WREN, an armorer at a Scottish Royal Air Force Base aiming a standard Lee-Enfield service rifle.

ballerina Madeleine Parker in her dressing room, 1929

Combining both a turban and a veil.  Portrait Gloria Swanson by Cecil Beaton

Combining both a turban and a veil. Portrait Gloria Swanson by Cecil Beaton

Audrey Hepburn 1963, photo by Cecil Beaton. Sir Cecil Beaton won Academy Awards for Art Direction and for Costume Design for "My Fair Lady" 1964

Audrey Hepburn photo by Cecil Beaton. Sir Cecil Beaton won Academy Awards for Art Direction and for Costume Design for "My Fair Lady" 1964

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"The most famous actress of her generation, Sarah Bernhardt was born in Paris in the A beautiful voice and a fabulous head of the frizziest red hair of the Victorian era made “The Divine Sarah” the first ever superstar.

Cecil Beaton | The Wyndham-Quinn Sisters | 1950 | Gowns by Hardy Amies and Ronald Paterson

"The Wyndham-Quinn sisters, wearing gowns by Hardy Amies and Ronald Paterson." Photo by Cecil Beaton

Vivian Leigh Anna Karenina, great profile of her.

The Golden Year Collection — solo-vintage: Vivien Leigh,

Angel, Angels

Vintage Bridal Portrait by Cecil Beaton

Flower Vanity in Wedding Changing Room

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