The argument that fashion and art don’t live in the same realm is most commonly argued by fashionistas and artists themselves, but this morning, I want to share with you the definitive answer to this perennial problem in seven words. ”Girls In The Windows” by Ormond Gigli.
By far one of my most favorite works and one of the most exemplary pieces of the 1960s, Gigli merged the worlds of fashion, art and architecture with one click of his camera. In an effort to immortalize the brownstones on East 58th Street across the street from his own home, which were to be razed the next day, the photographer orchestrated this moment in time that would live on forever as a symbol of the decade.
I can’t help but wonder if this photograph wasn’t the inspiration for one of my favorite television commercials of the 1990s…CHANEL’s advertisement for their men’s fragrance, Egoïste.