Would it be presumptuous to say that The Sartorialist is the new Bill Cunningham? Bill has been around for years and has a masterful eye for fashion and how it is worn and he has photographed thousands of fashionable folk. I feel that you, Sartorialist are the fashion eye of the new millenium!
Spoting Bill Cunningham on the Street or just about anywhere in NY where one may encounter some style…is always a small thrill. His unassuming nature, always wearing his sky blue jacket; on “his” corner 57th and 5th; on his bicycle; at a lawn party; front row at a show. He has certainly, with a masterful eye, chronicaled the style of our time…what an icon. I agree that The Sartorialist has the same potential.
Mr. Cunningham came out with a book about 30 some odd years ago where he photographed somewhat well known NY’ers in authentic 19th and early 20th century styles posing on the streets of the city. Does anyone recall the name of the book…? Would love to find.
It’s killin’ me that I can’t find the book…Truth be known…I once owned it, and then gave it away as a gift..(won’t do that again) I also spoke to Mr. Cunningham about it a few years back…he seemed flattered that I even knew about it…I suppose I’ll inquire again, next time I see him…Shall let you know….
Poor chap, who is the true subject of this post…not one comment regarding his efforts.
FACADES by Bill Cunningham; Penguin Books, 1978 128 pages Photographs of the portrait photographer Editta Sherman (also known as “The Duchess of Carnegie Hall”) modeling fashions from 1766-1970; Posed in front of 128 NYC locations.