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Ormond Gigli
Girls in the Window, Platinum on Vellum with Gold Leaf Fashion Photo, Ed of 10

1960

$28,000

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Girls in the Window, 1960 by Ormond Gigli, is 22" x 22" (sheet size), 20" x 20" (image size), with 2" borders, in an edition of 10. This is a platinum print of Girls in the Window printed on vellum with gold leaf backing, signed by the photographer and numbered on recto (front of photo) in ink (on lower right margin) with title/date (on lower left margin). Girls in the Windows is one of the most collectible pieces in the history of fashion photography from the 20th Century. Print provenance: artist's archive. Backstory: In 1960 a day before a row of brownstones was razed, across the street from the artist’s studio, on East 58th St, 43 women in elegant attire showed up for a shoot. The models went into the building slated for demolition, climbed the old stairs, and took their places in the windows. The artist Ormond Gigli from his fire escape directed the scene. Gigli had worked quickly to secure City permissions, arrange for the models, which included the demolition crew supervisor's wife - third floor, third from left, his wife - second floor, far right, and secure a Rolls Royce to be parked on the sidewalk. The shoot was accomplished during the workers' lunch time with no incidents while the 43 models posed on crumbling windowsills for a masterwork that is considered one of the most famous fashion photographs of the 20th Century. Artist's Bio: Some of Ormond Gigli's favorite and best photographs were self-assigned, such as the Girls in the Windows. Many of Gigli's photographs were, however, published in the top magazines back in the day, such as LIFE, Time, and Paris Match. Assignments also took the photographer around the globe -- Gigli's portraiture work included Sophia Loren (at age 21), Anita Ekberg, Marcel Duchamp, John F. Kennedy, Halston, Gina Lollobrigida, Diana Vreeland, Marlene Dietrich, Judy Garland, among others. ... Available at 99Prints in New York City, an art marketplace for today’s collectors of contemporary art, works on paper, original and limited edition photography. 99Prints ships worldwide.

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