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Fashion Climbing: A New York Life

Fashion Climbing: A New York Life (Hardback)

By Cunningham, Bill

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`I took to New York life like a star shooting through the heavens...' Bill Cunningham's first love was fashion but the big city came a close second. He left for New York aged 19, losing his family's support but enjoying the infinite luxury of freedom. Living on a scoop of Ovaltin...e a day, he would run down to Fifth Avenue to feed on the spectacular sights of the window displays - then run back to his tiny studio to work all night. Working as `William J' (to spare his parent's blushes), Bill became one of the most celebrated hat designers of the 1950s, creating elegant town hats for movie stars and playful beach hats for the summer set. Bill's mission was to bring happiness by making beautiful things - even it meant pawning his bike to fund fancy-dress outfits for all his friends. When women stopped wearing hats and his business was forced to close, Bill worked as a fashion journalist, touring the couture houses of Europe. But New York remained his home, and it was as a street photographer of the fashions of the city that he became well known, in a job that would last almost forty years. Fashion Climbing is the enchanting memoir he left behind, capturing the madcap times of his early career and the fashion scene of the mid-century. Written with the spark and wit of Holly Golightly, and brimming over with Bill's infectious joy for life, it is a gift to all who seek beauty, whatever our style or status.
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ISBN 9781784742812
Released NZ 3 Sep 2018
Publisher Vintage
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9781784742812
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; usually ships 2-3 weeks
Publisher Vintage
Imprint Chatto & Windus
Released 3 Sep 2018
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Cunningham, Bill
Category Individual Photographers
Fashion Design
Biography & Autobiography
Number of Pages 256
Dimensions Width: 149mm
Height: 216mm
Spine: 26mm
Dewey Code 770.92
Weight 436g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Fashion designers - Biography - United States, Portrait photographers - Biography - United States
NBS Text Autobiography: General
ONIX Text General/trade