I have just found out that a book on C.Z. Guest, titled “C.Z. Guest: American Style Icon” by Suzannah Salk is due for release tomorrow.
How delightful!! I have long marvelled at not only the stunning images of C.Z., (as shot by Irving Penn, Cecil Beaton, John Rawlings, Henri Cartier-Bresson and Slim Aarons to name just a few) but have always been so impressed by the way she carried herself.
In every image of CZ (well, of those that I have seen), she always looked so composed, so relaxed, so confident …… but in that effortless manner of someone who is comfortable within their own skin. She just had ‘it’. And in abundance.
As such, I wonder if this book will delve into CZ as a person - her way of living, manners and etiquette and hopefully more.
In Cornelia Guest’s words (thanks to last month’s Harpers Bazaar) her final comments in the article about her mother were both lovely and telling …. “What she cared about most was that things looked beautiful and were done in a certain way. Maybe we get there a little bit differently today, but the tradition is still there.”
Well, the book has been ordered, so no doubt time will tell how much it examines the life of CZ. Nevertheless, I’m sure it will be charming. CZ wouldn’t have stood for anything less.