From the 1930s, when he helped revolutionize fashion journalism, through the 1960s, when he became a convert to Pop Art, London-based photographer Cecil Beaton brought a unique perspective to New York City – aristocratic by birth, but also “sexually ambiguous and theatrical”.

Quite a combo.

Scores of the images Beaton created during that time are now on view at the Museum of the City of New York through February, while Skira Rizzoli has published a covetable companion volume.

Andy Warhol and others from the British photographer’s NYC years

Cecil Beaton: The New York Years features sketches, costumes, set designs, previously unpublished letters, and over 200 photographs and drawings, many in color and never seen before.

The book documents Beaton’s most influential relationships with quintessential figures of the New York art scene, including Greta Garbo, his confidante and muse, and Andy Warhol, pictured above with members of the Factory in 1969.

Sexually ambiguous and theatrical to the hilt….