London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1964. 2nd Printing. Octavo, publisher's black cloth, spine gilt, lilac endpapers, original illustrated dust jacket.
"Another long afternoon spent supervising Audrey's hairdos. Agonizing!" Collection of Beaton's diary entries from his time on set managing the costume and set design of the 1964 Warner Brothers film, My Fair Lady, starring Audrey Hepburn. Photographer, set and costume designer, diarist, bright young thing and all-around renaissance man, Beaton got his start as an illustrator and staff photographer for British Vogue, where he contributed fashion sketches and society portraits. He soon found himself photographing the likes of Queen Elizabeth, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Marlene Dietrich and Greta Garbo, as well as designing sets and costumes for the opera, ballet, Broadway, West End and Hollywood. In 1956 he was hired to design the costumes for Lerner and Loewe's highly praised Broadway production of My Fair Lady, and again for their film musical version, earning him two Oscars for costume design. Illustrated with black-and-white film and production stills as well as pen-and-ink drawings by Beaton. The cover is graced with Hepburn wearing the film's most iconic look; the black-and-white dress, complete with enormous hat, that Eliza Doolittle wears at the Ascot Opening Race, where she acts like a perfect lady until losing her cool while rooting for a horse. Price-clipped dust jacket with wear and shallow chips to corners and spine ends, with tape repair on the verso. Gift inscription to front free endpaper, light foxing along top edge of text block. Very good. Item #1971