Fashion Climbing: A Memoir with Photographs

Fashion Climbing: A Memoir with Photographs

The untold story of a New York City legend's education in creativity and style 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 The untold story of a New York City legend's education in creativity and style For Bill Cunningham, New York City ...

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Title:Fashion Climbing: A Memoir with Photographs
Author:Bill Cunningham
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Genres:Autobiography
ISBN:0525558705
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:256 pages pages

Fashion Climbing: A Memoir with Photographs Reviews

  • Autumn
    Oct 17, 2018
    The astounding adventures of a truly happy and original person who lived solely for their passion. Inspiring! Full of hot tea from the Hamptons in the 50s! Very specific about where you ate if you could no longer afford the Automat! A gem. ...
  • Gina
    Aug 01, 2019
    Fashion Climbing is an interesting memoir, although there are many moments of over indulgence...call the editor! I had no idea that Bill Cunningham had been a successful milliner. The bulk of the book focuses on his millinery business. Cunningham is a bit of a snip -- railing ag...
  • D
    Sep 08, 2018
    Written during his lifetime, but published posthumously, Cunningham describes his early days in fashion. The intensely private man is always looking outward in snapping photos and spotting trends. While looking inward is something Cunningham may have done, without sharing what he sees ...
  • Leslie W
    Nov 25, 2018
    Huge Bill Cunningham after seeing the documentary and following him in the style section of the nytimes. Cunningham is not an expert writer, but his story is still epic. Thoroughly enjoyed. ...
  • Sabrina Chapadjiev
    Jan 05, 2019
    This is really a very wonderful and telling memoir about Bill Cunningham. I've read some other reviews while I was reading it, and was surprised that people said he didn't talk about himself enough. I felt that it revealed, in it's own way, a deep understanding of Cunningham's drive, d...
  • Laurie
    Nov 05, 2018
    Born during the Depression to an Irish-American family with conservative values, Bill Cunningham?s penchant for fancy clothes and beautiful décor was discouraged- discouraged to the point of receiving a brutal beating when his mother caught four year old Bill wearing his sister?s ...
  • Lorri Steinbacher
    May 29, 2018
    This book is due out in September and what a delight. The street fashion photographer Bill Cunningham started out as a milliner and he tells the story of his early years. (Hilton Als nails the preface, too). If you love fashion, mid century style, or a story about someone who lived his...
  • Liz
    Mar 19, 2019
    I loved this book, not just for Cunningham?s eye for detail and his ability to recreate the fashion world of the 1950s and 1960s, but also for his indomitable spirit; when called up for the Korean War-era draft, Cunningham was thrilled at the possibility he might be sent to Europe an...
  • Alisa
    Feb 12, 2019
    A memoir just as spirited, whimsical, and exuberant as the author. For fans of Bill Cunningham, this is an unvarnished personal view of his early life. Bill grew up in a middle class Irish Catholic home in a suburb of Boston and as a child discovered his love of women's fashion by para...
  • Cflack
    Sep 20, 2018
    A charming thin slice of a memoir by Bill Cunningham whose work I remember reading and photos I love going back to the late 1970s when I was still in college. I was never a fashion focused person and didn't read any of the magazines, but there was always a quality to the photos he took...
  • Sara
    Jul 09, 2018
    There's no tell-all here, but I can see why he never published it in his lifetime. This is a memoir of the first part of his life, up until the end of his millinery business and the start of his fashion career. He had an amazing time. He glosses over his personal life, but his social p...
  • Monica Williams
    Sep 22, 2018
    It was one of my life goals to have been featured in one of Bill Cunningham's photographs for the New York Times.(I probably never would have been fabulously stylish enough, but hey a girl can dream) I never did see him in his signature blue jacket on his bicycle, but I always was on t...
  • Marie
    Oct 21, 2018
    This is the first time I?ve read a book containing photos without any captions- no explanation of who the subjects are, or the context of time and place. The author obviously loves fashion, but often comes off as a snob. ...
  • lisa
    Sep 20, 2018
    "No human being should be afraid of another, although we respect his high position." 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 w...
  • Kazen
    Sep 07, 2018
    I'm not a fashionista by any stretch but I like me a good fashion documentary. The September Issue gave me a grounding in this topsy turvy world, after which I gravitated to Bill Cunningham New York . Cunningham was a private person, almost to the point of being a loner, so when I s...
  • Jill Meyer
    Jul 20, 2018
    I've often wondered why people write memoirs. (I also wonder why people read memoirs, but that's another review.) Memoirs are different than autobiographies because they usually only cover a time or relationship in a person's life. Memoirs can be boiling cauldrons of emotion if the wri...
  • Susan
    Nov 01, 2018
    I'm kind of amazed that people haven't given this rave reviews because I found it to be a real page turner. And with each page (well, Kindle page), I wished I had met Bill Cunningham, fellow Bay Stater, because if he was as funny and droll in real life as he was on the page, you'd have...
  • Susan
    Oct 24, 2018
    I don?t think I had heard much about Bill Cunningham nor William J before I read this book, but I don?t know how I missed him. He was quite the flamboyant character in the fashion world. For years in the Forties and Fifties he made hats, outlandish hats, bread-and-butter hats, hats...
  • Terri Durling
    May 26, 2019
    I was very intrigued by this eccentric unique New York character who fell in love with women's fashion at a very early age and never stopped in his pursuit of beauty in the fashion industry. Against all odds, his family was very against his chosen career, he rose to become a highly reg...
  • Patti Imhof
    Sep 08, 2018
    A delightful read about Bill Cunningham?s beginnings in his world of fashion, style and taste. I admired his photography in NYT style section for years; he captured so much humor along with the fashion. I loved learning where he started! ...
  • Christina
    Oct 04, 2018
    This was a nice read about fashion (especially millinery a.k.a. hat making) in the 1950s and 1960s. I really enjoyed reading about the fashion world through William's memoir and respected his climb in the industry. His creativity and drive to being true to himself is inspiring for peop...
  • Peppelia
    Dec 02, 2018
    I was so eager to love this book, so my 2 to 2-1/2 star rating is at least partially due to the anticipation-and-disappointment factor. The beginning-to-middle sections were great, especially Cunningham?s military career?surely no one was able to successfully bend their wartime exp...
  • Aria
    Sep 05, 2018
    ---- Disclosure: I received this book for free from Goodreads. ---- 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 skill...
  • Catherine ♡
    Aug 03, 2018
    Actual Rating: 3.5 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. The...
  • Annie Rosewood
    Oct 27, 2018
    What an endearing memoir! I have admired Bill Cunningham since I saw his documentary a few years ago and I couldn't wait to read this. I wouldn't describe fashion one of my particular interests, but Bill is such a genuinely lovely and interesting person that I got much more than I expe...
  • Ryan
    Nov 13, 2018
    A very fun read - Bill reflects on his time climbing the social ladder as a milliner ...
  • Katie Shepherd
    Oct 04, 2018
    I feel this was only published because of how well regarded Cunningham is now. His history is interesting and deserves attention however it is so much better served by the documentary. The book is chatty and gives some insight into the high fashion world but the prose leaves much to be...
  • Sara
    Sep 23, 2018
    I loved Bill Cunningham so I was interested to read his memoir. But it doesn?t cover his whole life and it lost my attention at various times Can?t reakly recommend it. ...
  • Silvia
    Mar 11, 2019
    If you want to know what passion for something feels like you should read the first half of this little book. Later, Cunningham offers insight into the world of fashion writing - people doing the writing aren't all that glamorous and 90% percent of them "pet" designers to get more invi...
  • Liz Pardey
    Nov 04, 2018
    I knew something of Bill Cunningham, the on-the-street photographer who rode his bike around New York capturing stylish women and picking photos for The New York Times. He also attended evening events often with his bicycle helmet on his arm. This was the Cunningham I wanted to read ab...