“Who does not love to travel?” asked Cecil Beaton. “We are all Marco Polos under the skin, dreaming of far-flung voyages with all the fervour of a nineteenth-century romantic.” The legendary photographer left evocative diaries and photographic records of his trips to Venice. Costume balls, swimming, social events, traditional festivities, all offered opportunities to savour the essence of the city. With a timeless imagination, he captured a magical world that has thrived for centuries in the remarkable environment that is La Serenissima.
An aesthete, artist, diarist and dandy, Cecil Beaton (1904-1980) lived for beauty. Whether designing costumes or sets for stage or screen, interpreting the grandest couture creations for the pages of Vogue or focusing his lens on celebrities, he conjured them into icons of authority, style and elegance. His diaries recount his intensely busy life and chronicle his encounters with the exceptional people who made up the high society and high Bohemia that became his habitat.
Inspired by the House's travel heritage, the Louis Vuitton Fashion Eye Collection evokes cities, regions or countries through the eyes of fashion photographers, from emerging talents to industry legends. Each title in the series features an extensive selection of large-format photographs, together with biographical information and an interview with the photographer or a critical essay. After Louis Vuitton City Guides and Travel Books, this third collection presents travel photography with a fashion perspective, as the chosen photographers all infuse their images of great cities, faraway places or dream destinations with their unique vision.