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Classic New York - Anatomy of an Artwork

Ormond Gigli’s New York City (Girls in the Windows) is one of the most memorable fashion photographs of the 20th century. Realising that the 19th-century brownstones across the street from his own East 58th Street town house were slated for destruction, Gigli conceived of this image without an editorial assignment in part to memorialise the ever-changing and modernising Manhattan cityscape. Calling upon models, friends and even his own wife, Gigli took the photograph from his fire escape during the demolition crew’s lunch hour. The shoot became an immortalised “happening” of its day.