Surreal Vignette by Cecil Beaton (1936)

Ruth Ford (1911-2009) was an American model and stage and film actress. As a model she posed for Harper’s, Town and Country and Mademoiselle. She was best known for the salon she created at her beautiful, art-lined Manhattan apartment, frequented by the likes of William Faulkner, Cecil Beaton, Truman Capote and Andy Warhol (source).

Her brother was the bohemian surrealist Charles Henri Ford.

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Cecil Beaton Surreal Vignette, Ruth Ford with tapemeasure. 1936 via

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Cecil Beaton Surreal Vignette, Ruth Ford with tapemeasure. 1936 via

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Cecil Beaton Surreal Vignette, Ruth Ford with tapemeasure. 1936 via

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Cecil Beaton Surreal Vignette, Ruth Ford with tapemeasure. 1936 via

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Barbara Hutton wearing the amazing Romanov Tiara

Barbara Woolworth Hutton (November 14, 1912 – May 11, 1979) was an American debutante/socialite, heiress and philanthropist. She was dubbed the “Poor Little Rich Girl”, first when she was given a lavish and expensive debutante ball in 1930, amid the Great Depression, and later due to a notoriously troubled private life.

Over the years she personally acquired a magnificent collection of her own which included the spectrum of arts, porcelain, valuable jewelry, including elaborate historic pieces that had once belonged to Marie Antoinette and Empress Eugénie of France, and important pieces by Fabergé and Cartier. 

Her emerald tiara was made by Cartier from the Grand Duchess Vladimir’s emeralds.

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Cecil Beaton, Portrait of Barbara Hutton wearing The Romanov Tiara. The Romanov Tiara was created with Romanov emeralds in 1947, Sidi Hosni, Tangier, Morocco, 1961 via

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Cecil Beaton, Portrait of Barbara Hutton wearing both the Pasha Diamond Ring and Romanov Tiara. The Romanov Tiara was created with Romanov emeralds in 1947, Sidi Hosni, Tangier, Morocco, 1961 via

Graceful and Elegant Photos of Greta Garbo by Cecil Beaton (1946)

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Greta Garbo by Cecil Beaton, 1946 © Cecil Beaton Studio Archive, Sotheby’s London via

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Greta Garbo by Cecil Beaton, 1946 © Cecil Beaton Studio Archive, Sotheby’s London via

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Greta Garbo by Cecil Beaton, 1946 © Cecil Beaton Studio Archive, Sotheby’s London via

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Greta Garbo by Cecil Beaton, 1946 © Cecil Beaton Studio Archive, Sotheby’s London via

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Greta Garbo by Cecil Beaton, 1946 © Cecil Beaton Studio Archive, Sotheby’s London via

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Greta Garbo by Cecil Beaton, 1946 © Cecil Beaton Studio Archive, Sotheby’s London via

Vintage Photos of Beautiful Leslie Caron for Gigi (1958)

Gigi is a 1958 American musical romantic comedy film directed by Vincente Minnelli processed using MGM’s Metrocolor. The screenplay by Alan Jay Lerner is based on the 1944 novella of the same name by Colette.

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Portrait of Leslie Caron for Gigi directed by Vincente Minnelli, 1958

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Portrait of Leslie Caron for Gigi directed by Vincente Minnelli, 1958

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Portrait of Leslie Caron for Gigi directed by Vincente Minnelli, 1958

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Portrait of Leslie Caron for Gigi directed by Vincente Minnelli, 1958

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Australian socialite Molly Fink – Wife of the Rajah of Pudukkottai

Molly Fink (1894 – 1967) was an Australian socialite and wife of Martanda Bhairava Tondaiman, the Raja of the princely state of Pudukkottai. The marriage created a public scandal and resulted in the ostracization of the couple and their only son Martanda Sydney Tondaiman.

From 1922 to 1927 Martanda and Molly lived in Cannes where they bought a villa called La Favourite. At Cannes, Molly developed friendship with Elsa Maxwell,Cecil Beaton, Nancy Beaton, Lord Donegal, Lady Houston and William Locke. The couple frequented social events and held dinner parties. Martanda died at Parison 28 May 1928 at the age of fifty-three.

Following Martanda’s death, Molly’s finances began to dwindle. She sold La Favourite and purchased a house at Mayfair, London where she lived with her son, Sydney.

The Aga Khan proposed to her soon after Martanda’s death, but she rejected his proposal. In her later years, Molly remained aloof and began drinking heavily. She was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 1967. Molly died in Cannes on 22 November 1967 at the age of seventy-three.

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Marlene Dietrich in New York by Cecil Beaton (1937)

Cecil Beaton came to New York in 1928. Through personal connections he gained access to some of Hollywood’s biggest stars–including Marlene Dietrich (source).

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Portrait of Marlene Dietrich in New York by Cecil Beaton, 1937.

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Portrait of Marlene Dietrich in New York by Cecil Beaton, 1937.

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