Incapable of making a living with traditional office work, Cecil Beaton soon turned to his leisure passion, photography, and moved to New York where he signed a contract with Condé Nast, working for Vogue and Vanity Fair – for which he specialized in fashion spreads as well as society and celebrity portraits (including of his greatest obsession, Greta Garbo) - from 1927 while, having travelled continuously to England, he set up his own studio where he regularly photographed the ‘Bright Young People’ and his friend, Stephen Tennant, during the 1930s. In 1938, he was fired from the American Vogue following an anti-Semitic remark in one of his illustration. He therefore settled again in England where he became a prominent war photographer and the royal family's portraitist but also that of young socialites such as Daisy Fellowes and fashion icons like Gabrielle Chanel. Following World War II, Cecil Beaton put his hands into set and costume design, his most acclaimed work being his creations for My Fair Lady, in 1964. His smart social observations, witty remarks and illustrations, creative scrapbooks as well as insightful portraits enabled to put a face on a large ensemble of an artistic and socialite environment, he never prevented himself from mocking, greatly earning his reputation of being a kind of Malice in Wonderland according to Jean Cocteau.