[caption id="attachment_13778" align="aligncenter" width="624"] Models wearing pastel fashions by Cecil Beaton, 1948.[/caption]

Cecil Beaton is remembered not only for his striking portraits of celebrities and fashion editorials, but also his spectacular set and costume designs.

[caption id="attachment_13779" align="aligncenter" width="503"]Cecil Beaton by Patrick Lichfield, 1968 Cecil Beaton by Patrick Lichfield, 1968[/caption]

Born in London in 1904, Beaton received a camera at age 11 and started to photograph his family in an attempt to recreate the classic Hollywood portraits he loved. Setting up a home made backdrop, Beaton costumed and posed his mother and sisters, while his nanny taught him to how to develop film in a bath tub. He soon began shooting high society debutantes as well as