My Fair Lady by Cecil Beaton

June 18, 2010 § 7 Comments

When I was 9, I visited my cousins in Hong Kong and I remember we stayed up watching Bambi and Pretty Woman (I know, it’s a rather strange mix). I’d never watched Pretty Woman till then, and though I liked it, felt it was another My Fair Lady – only with different clothes and settings.

To me, My Fair Lady‘s not just the forerunner of successful-makeover-get-the-man films, it’s the epitome.  I’m biased since I loved it so much I watched it repeatedly till I knew all the songs by heart. Of course, with my usual talent, I sang them completely out-of-tune and made up words to the lyrics I couldn’t understand with a 7-year-old’s vocabulary.

Over the years, my sister and I stopped watching old films because we moved back and hey, what do you know? There are a lot more shows in English on Singapore telly. However, even when the clarity of details faded, I never forgot the phrase “The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain” and the outfits Eliza Doolittle wore to the ball and Ascot.

The costumes on My Fair Lady….they were sumptuous. I hear a remake is in progress, and I’m curious to see how that’ll turn out but for now, I’d delve back into the wonderful genius of Cecil Beaton and what he created for Audrey Hepburn’s role in 1964.

Charles James Gowns by Cecil Beaton, Vogue, June 1948

Cecil Beaton, self-portrait

Cecil Beaton photographing Audrey Hepburn as Eliza Doolittle

Behind-the-scenes of My Fair Lady

His sketch of the Ascot scene in the film

The Ascot scene

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§ 7 Responses to My Fair Lady by Cecil Beaton

  • Thank you for showing those fab pics. I too adored her and My Fair Lady. So lovely to see her wearing those clothes and through Cecil Beaton’s lens.
    cheers Erin

  • Jeanie says:

    Hello! Thanks for the comment and visiting my blog. I too am an Audrey Hepburn fan. My Fair Lady is my favorite movie of all time! 😀 But I have a picture of Audrey on my wall as Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. 🙂

  • meds says:

    hey there, was clicking on links via twitter and chanced upon your WP page. I absolutely love My Fair Lady (favourite favourite musical film ever!) and the list of pictures you have just makes me smile. thanks for sharing 🙂

    • sherms says:

      I’m just happy it made you happy! haha. Hvn’t met many people in Singapore who know about My Fair Lady! I usually get blank smiles. Costume-wise, I love Mary Poppins too.

  • Jackie Miles says:

    I have acquired a work of art done by beaton, the sketch of Audrey at the races in my fair lady, it has with it a advertisment card and the small record that was from the musicl score. It is beautifully done in a shadowbox with these items. I am sure it is a print but so much care was put into this. I would to send a picture but had to take it apart to replace the record into the right space, I am almost done. Would like to sell this work but unsure whether to place it on ebay. Does anyone have any ideas or would anyone be interested in buying this? Please email me and will send pictures, thank you. jackie miles,, pulaski ny

  • […] se perdió ni una fiesta y además, le dio tiempo a diseñar el vestuario de películas como Gigi o My Fair Lady.  Un “¿quién es quién?” entretenido, mordaz y muy desprejuiciado. Sólo cometió un […]

  • […] se perdió ni una fiesta y además, le dio tiempo a diseñar el vestuario de películas como Gigi o My Fair Lady.  Un “¿quién es quién?” entretenido, mordaz y muy desprejuiciado. Sólo cometió un […]

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