New York: Penguin, 1978. 1st Edition. Quarto, publisher's photo-illustrated stiff metallic paper wraps.
New York fashion and street photographer Cunningham's only book, inscribed by his collaborator and model, the "Duchess of Carnegie Hall" Editta Sherman: "To the -------s / With best wishes / Editta." In 1968 Cunningham began scouting for vintage clothing, eventually collecting nearly 500 outfits dating from 1786 to 1976. He and Sherman decided to match the period costumes with Manhattan's architectural landmarks, accessorizing the outfits with proper shoes, parasols, and sometimes even underwear. The project spanned eight years and over 1,800 Manhattan locations, documenting nearly two centuries of fashion and architecture. Sherman poses in an 1889 two-piece silk taffeta and velvet suit in front of the American Museum of Natural History; clutches a turn of the century monkey-fur muff in front of the New York Public Library; models a 70s denim set and platform shoes to match the World Trade Center. Cunningham began "Facades" not long after the demolition of Penn Station, a dramatic example of the destruction of a city facing increased property values. He donated 88 silver gelatin prints from the series to the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, founded a year after the station's demolition. Thoroughly illustrated with black-and-white photographs. Small tear to head of spine, light wear to edges. Very good. Item #880