Bill Cunningham To Feature His Facades at the New-York Historical Society

By  January 30, 2014

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At 84-years old, renowned street style photographer Bill Cunningham has been in the game for quite a while. 46 years ago, before he was snapping the chicest shots of Manhattan’s trendiest models and editors for the New York Times, Cunningham was focusing on another type of fashion photography project: an essay he titled Façades. The 8-year long endeavor, which began in 1968, featured modern models, including his late muse Editta Sherman, dressed in Victorian-age attire and posed in front of iconic New York backdrops. Cunningham spent years gathering the costumes for his bold shoot, the feathered hats, buttoned corsets, petticoats, bustles, and shawls, from various thrift and vintage shops around the city. From in front of Rockefeller Center to in a graffitied subway car, the essay’s range of shots aimed to promote the preservation of New York’s architecture during an era in which the city’s sites were being much overlooked. In 1976, the photographer donated 88 silver gelatin prints from the series to the New-York Historical Society, and this spring, they will be on display for the public. Check out the exhibit from March 14th to June 15th.