Bill Cunningham has become most famous for his fashion photography, but he’s a man who’s always worn many hats — in fact, he designs them too. Another example of his work outside fashion was his Façades project, which he worked on between 1968 and 1976. Instead of taking snaps of peacocking editors, Cunningham paired models dressed in period garb against complimentary New York architecture. Naturally, the results were winsome. Whether his Victorian ladies were riding a graffiti-painted subway car or taking a stroll through Central Park with a parasol, it’s fascinating portraiture of New York during a downswing.
In March, the entire collection of photographs as the New York Historical Society will be exhibiting the images. We’ll certainly be paying it a visit. Preview Bill Cunningham: Façades, below: