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Bill Cunningham; Editta Sherman (model).
Façades.
New York: Penguin, 1978. Octavo,
original photographic wrappers, black-and-
white photographs on every page. Inscribed by
Editta Sherman at the age of 100. $750.
First edition of NewYork street photographer Bill Cunningham’s only book,
a collaboration with artist Editta Sherman, the “Duchess of Carnegie Hall.”
Between 1968 and 1976, Cunningham took thousands of photographs of Sherman
in vintage clothing, featuring Manhattan architecture of each period as her
backdrop: an Empire-waisted muslin gown paired with City Hall (1802-1811), a
Victorian hoop skirt with Cooper Union (1859), a pleated Fortuny gown with the
Stock Exchange (1903), a modernistic domed hat with the GuggenheimMuseum
(1959). Cunningham scouted locations by bicycle, and Sherman arrived by bus
or subway, so as not to wrinkle the clothes. Playful as the photographs are,
Cunningham’s keen attention to detail gives the collection real historical value;
Façades
dates from the same era as the NewYork City Landmarks Preservation
Commission, created in response to the casual destruction of Penn Station. First
exhibited in 1977 at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Cunningham’s photographs
are now part of the permanent collection at the New-York Historical Society.
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Honey &Wax Catalog No. 5 shot on location at
Open Air Modern, 489 Lorimer Street inWilliamsburg,
Brooklyn. Learn more at
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Cover: hand-painted textile design for Angèle Elie, Paris,
circa 1925 (sold).
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