In the Trenches with Johnny Cirillo
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In the Trenches with Johnny Cirillo

One archetypal, romantic vision of New York City is filled with long-legged women. Each is wearing a unique but equally glamorous outfit. She’s strutting down Fifth in pumps. How does she glide so gracefully over the grates in those skinny heels? Bill Cunningham is largely to thank for this casually elegant idea of the city. The legendary street photographer, most well known for his regular, post-1970s columns in The New York Times, proposed that there existed a bit of the fashion mythos in each passerby, adorned as they were in furs and discount dresses. “We all get dressed for Bill,” Anna Wintour famously said, solidifying the conception that when fashionistas awoke and put on their day’s garb, it was Cunningham’s lens and sensibility they hoped to impress. 

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