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Fashion Climbing has everything you’d want in a fashion memoir (industry politics, elaborate window displays, hijinks at galas), but it’s also a manifesto for living authentically. Just like Bill Cunningham’s photography, this book is anti-snobbery, pro-having-fun-at-all-costs, and awake to the pleasures of being oneself -- Tavi Gevinson, Editor in Chief, Rookie

The New York Times’s beloved street-style photographer died two years ago, leaving behind a delightful memoir of his early years, which tells of his escape from restrictive middle-class Boston to a Manhattan career as a milliner. His love of beauty may not have made him rich ― he chose an ascetic existence ― but it sustained him for a lifetime. -- Horatia Harrod, Financial Times, *Books of the Years*

Peppered with delightful colloquialisms...the text bears the signature voice that endeared him to readers... Yet, despite an ample dose of whimsy, there’s also a backbone to this cosy memoir... Fashion Climbing celebrates one of the industry’s fiercest advocates of sartorial joie de vivre, who established himself on the fashion ladder “not with refined dignity but with an angry howl”. -- Lauren Sarazen, AnOther Magazine

Fashion Climbing is the captivating glimpse through the keyhole of this dizzying, dazzling world, and captures the buzz and bluster of a fashion life lived to the full, Red Magazine

Bill Cunningham’s enchanting memoir of his love affair with fashion and the people who created, shaped, analysed, and wore it in the combustible years after the Second World War is a delight and a revelation, proving that his pen was as astute as his lens. This lively, compelling, and invaluable social history tells us as much about the mores of the age as it does about the era’s seismic fashion revolutions and reflects the wonder that Bill saw in creation throughout his life -- Hamish Bowles, International Editor at Large, Vogue

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An enchanting memoir, as vibrant and charming as Breakfast at Tiffany's -- by the legendary New York Times fashion photographer Bill Cunningham

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"noddlewrap"
4.0 out of 5 stars Strong on fashion, not was I was hoping for, but still a good read
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 9 November 2018
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really great read !
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Michael A. Helbig
5.0 out of 5 stars Great snapshot of the past in general, of fashion in particular - a very joyful read
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5.0 out of 5 stars Moving and enlightening
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bill Cunningham's "voice" rings clear — wonderfully witty, captures a place and time in NYC
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3.0 out of 5 stars I really really wanted to love it, all of it, but got bored by the end
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heart warming Memoir
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4.0 out of 5 stars Charming
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Bobbe Allender
4.0 out of 5 stars If your a Fan of Bill Cunningham a must read!
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