Tuesday, March 12, 2013

loving THE GIRLS IN THE WINDOWS

{happy monday & a brand new week}


I love the story behind this famous photo. Did you know that - 'this picture was taken in 1960 while the construction crew dismantled a row of brownstones right across from my own brownstone studio on East 58th Street, I was inspired to, somehow immortalise those buildings. I had the vision of 43 women in formal dress adorning the windows of the skeletal facade. 

We had to work quickly to secure City permissions, arrange for models which included celebrities, the demolition supervisior's wife (third floor, third from left), my own wife (second floor, far right), and also secure the Rolls Royce to be parked on the sidewalk. Careful planning was a necessity as the photography had to be accomplished during the workers' lunch time!

The day before the buildings were razed, the 43 women appeared in their finest attire, went into the buildings, climbed the old stairs, and took their places in the windows. I was set up on my fire escape across the streeet, directing the scene, with bullhorn in hand. Of course I was concerned for the Models' safety, as some were daring enough to pose out on the crumbling sills'  - Ormond Gigli


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