The Resource Fashion climbing, Bill Cunningham ; preface by Hilton Als

Fashion climbing, Bill Cunningham ; preface by Hilton Als

Label
Fashion climbing
Title
Fashion climbing
Statement of responsibility
Bill Cunningham ; preface by Hilton Als
Creator
Contributor
Author
Writer of introduction
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The iconic "New York Times" photographer presents a sophisticated, visual account of his early education in New York City's high-fashion circles. For Bill Cunningham, New York City was the land of freedom, glamour, and, above all, style. 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, Bill dreamed of a life dedicated to fashion. But his desires were a source of shame for his family, and after dropping out of Harvard, he had to fight them tooth-and-nail to pursue his love. When he arrived in New York, he reveled in people-watching. He spent his nights at opera openings and gate-crashing extravagant balls, where he would take note of the styles, new and old, watching how the gowns moved, how the jewels hung, how the hair laid on each head. This was his education, and the birth of the democratic and exuberant taste that he came to be famous for as a photographer for The New York Times. After two style mavens took Bill under their wing, his creativity thrived and 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--Bill became one of the era's most outlandish and celebrated hat designers, catering to movie stars, heiresses, and artists alike. Bill's mission was to bring happiness to the world by making women an inspiration to themselves and everyone who saw them. These were halcyon days when fashion was all he ate and drank. When he was broke and hungry he'd stroll past the store windows on Fifth Avenue and feed himself on beautiful things. Fashion Climbing is the story of a young man striving to be the person he was born to be: a true original. But although he was one of the city's most recognized and treasured figures, Bill was also one of its most guarded. Written with his infectious joy and one-of-a-kind voice, this memoir was polished, neatly typewritten, and safely stored away in his lifetime. He held off on sharing it--and himself--until his passing. Between these covers, is an education in style, an effervescent tale of a bohemian world as it once was, and a final gift to the readers of one of New York's great characters
Biography type
autobiography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1929-2016
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Cunningham, Bill.
Dewey number
  • 746.9/2092
  • B
Index
no index present
LC call number
TT505.C86
LC item number
A3 2018
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Als, Hilton,
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Cunningham, Bill
  • Fashion designers
  • Portrait photographers
  • Millinery
Label
Fashion climbing, Bill Cunningham ; preface by Hilton Als
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
xii, 237 pages
Isbn
9780525558705
Lccn
2018024955
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • on1023859126
  • (OCoLC)1023859126
  • 2390705
Label
Fashion climbing, Bill Cunningham ; preface by Hilton Als
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
xii, 237 pages
Isbn
9780525558705
Lccn
2018024955
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • on1023859126
  • (OCoLC)1023859126
  • 2390705

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