Fashion Climbing: A Memoir with Photographs
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 fash ...more
This book was actually quite interesting, and I wasn't sure that it would be for me, since I don't really have an interest in fashion...
But I still liked it - it definitely wasn't very emotional, but I learned a lot about culture and history along the way. There were some smaller anecdotes that seemed to be more personal and focused on personal growth, and I think I enjoyed these the best.
The photos were interesting to look at as well, as they really brought the story to life. ...more
I just loved this book. I read it straight through last night, & it was ever so pleasant when I woke today, thinking of Bill & his life. I am only marginally interested in clothing as an art form & a skillful trade, not so much in what is pushed out in the glossy magazines or sold for mass consumption. Seems Bill was of a similar mind, but he had a burning passion that he followed w/ an honesty likely not since seen...more
I knew Cunningham as a fashion photographer for the New York Times who did lovely On the Street videos. Treat yourself ...more
Bill Cunningham, or William J, as he was known in his designing days, says this to his first boss while he is being fired, and it seems a pretty apt summary of his philosophy of life. Initially I was very disappointed over the lack of photographs in this book. Despite what the subtitle may lead you to believe, there are only a few photos in the book, and most of them are candid shots of the author, and some of h ...more
I enjoyed the early parts of the memoir talking about his growing up and moving to New York to make his way in the fashion industry - how h ...more
For those obsessed with him via his NYTimes photo journalism, it doesn't touch at all on that. However, it does reveal his dedication to style, how his eye was infor ...more
If you are looking for an entertaining first hand account about the 1940s and 1950s ...more