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Fashion climbing

Author: Bill Cunningham; Hilton Als
Publisher: New York, New York : Penguin Press, 2018.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Growing up in a lace-curtain Irish suburb of Boston, secretly trying on his sister's dresses and spending his evenings after school in the city's chicest boutiques, Cunningham dreamed of a life dedicated to fashion. When he arrived in New York in 1948, he reveled in people-watching. He became a photographer for The New York Times, and after two style mavens took Cunningham under their wing he made a name for himself  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Autobiographies
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Cunningham, William J.
Fashion climbing.
New York : Penguin Press, 2018
(DLC) 2018025887
Named Person: Bill Cunningham; Bill Cunningham
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Bill Cunningham; Hilton Als
ISBN: 9780525558705 0525558705 9780525558729 0525558721
OCLC Number: 1023859126
Description: xii, 237 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: The doors of paradise --
Becoming William J. --
My first shop --
A helmet covered in flowers --
The luxury of freedom --
Nona and Sophie --
The Southampton shop --
Fashion punch --
The top of the ladder --
On society --
On taste --
Laura Johnson's philosophy.
Responsibility: Bill Cunningham ; preface by Hilton Als.

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Growing up in a lace-curtain Irish suburb of Boston, secretly trying on his sister's dresses and spending his evenings after school in the city's chicest boutiques, Cunningham dreamed of a life dedicated to fashion. When he arrived in New York in 1948, he reveled in people-watching. He became a photographer for The New York Times, and after two style mavens took Cunningham under their wing he made a name for himself as a designer. Taking on the alias William J.-- because designing under his family's name would have been a disgrace to his parents--he became one of the era's most outlandish and celebrated hat designers, catering to movie stars, heiresses, and artists alike. Written with his infectious joy and one-of-a-kind voice, this memoir was polished, neatly typewritten, and safely stored away until after his death in 2016 -- adapted from jacket.

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