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Ormond Gigli
NEW YORK CITY (GIRLS IN THE WINDOWS)
Estimate
25,00035,000
LOT SOLD. 47,500 USD
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50
Ormond Gigli
NEW YORK CITY (GIRLS IN THE WINDOWS)
Estimate
25,00035,000
LOT SOLD. 47,500 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Ormond Gigli
B. 1925
NEW YORK CITY (GIRLS IN THE WINDOWS)
signed, titled, dated, and editioned 13/20 in ink on the front and reverse of the mount
oversized chromogenic print, mounted
38 by 38 in.; 96.5 by 96.5 cm.
Executed in 1960, printed later.
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Literature

Ormond Gigli, Girls in the Windows: And Other Stories, New York, 2013, cover and p. 23

Catalogue Note

The photograph offered here – of 43 women in vibrant jewel-toned dresses punctuating a grid of vacant windows – is amongst the most memorable fashion photographs of the 20th century.  It was taken on East 58th Street, between 1st and 2nd Avenues, across the street from Gigli’s townhouse.  Upon realizing that these 19th-century brownstones were slated for destruction, Gigli, whose work often appeared in Life, Time, Colliers, and many other publications, conceived of this image in part to memorialize the ever-changing and modernizing Manhattan landscape.

Calling upon models, friends, and even his own wife (pictured second floor, far right), Gigli’s shoot became an immortalized ‘happening’ of the day.  Gigli made this photograph at noon during the demolition crew’s lunch hour, and in his monograph, Ormond Gigli: Girls in The Windows and Other Stories, gives a vivid recount of the session: ‘The day before the buildings were razed, the 43 women appeared in their finest attire, went into the buildings, climbed the stairs, and took their places in the windows.  I was set up on my fire escape across the street, 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. . .The photography came off as planned.  What had seemed to some as too dangerous or difficult to accomplish, became my fantasy fulfilled, and my most memorable self-assigned photograph’ (p. 21). 

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