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

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.

Baba and Nancy Beaton, Cecil Beaton’s sisters.

Baba Beaton a Symphony in Silver, 1925

Nancy Beaton as a Shooting Star for the Galaxy Ball, 1929

Nancy Beaton

Nancy Beaton

Baba Beaton, Wanda Baille-Hamilton and Lady Bridget Poullett as the Soapsuds Group.

Paula Gellibrand, Marquise de Casa Maury, 1928

Paula Gellibrand, Marquise de Casa Maury, 1928

Tilly Losch, actress and dancer, 1929

Florence Jane, Lady Alexander as Silver for the ‘Pageant of Jewels’

Loelia, Duchess of Westminster

Cecil Beaton in his studio.

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