Cecil Beaton Quote
“Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary. Routines have their purposes, but the merely routine is the hidden enemy of high art.”
Advice to theatrical designers. As quoted in: "Celebrated left-handers: fabulous facts about famous southpaws" (MJF Books, 1999) by Leigh W. Rutledge, p. 10
Born: January 14, 1904
Died: January 18, 1980 (aged 76)
Bio: Sir Cecil Walter Hardy Beaton was an English fashion and portrait photographer, diarist, painter, interior designer and an Academy Award-winning stage and costume designer for films and the theatre. He was named to the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame in 1970.
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