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Join Date: Jun 2007
something to freshen this up a bit. just thought this would be curious, non?:
founder of Visionaire and art director of Harper's Bazaar
I was an art student at Parsons when I first met Bill [Cunningham], in 1986. I was 18 and walking around SoHo one day when this funny man came up to me, taking pictures. I had on some skirt-and-pants outfit, I'm embarrassed to say. Jean Paul Gaultier had just done his collection for men, showing banker-striped suits with skirts. I loved it, though I did my own cheaper version. And Bill came up to me and took some pictures. And then he said, "You look hungry, kiddo, let me buy you a cookie."
We went into Aggie's, a place in SoHo, and he did buy me a coffee and a cookie. I told him I was having trouble with my mom because she didn't want me in art school. And Bill said: "Well, you go out and get yourself a job, child. Here's a quarter. Call Annie Flanders. She's doing this magazine called Details."
At some point Bill said to me, "You've got to go to Paris. Every kid your age who wants to do something in fashion has to go to Paris." So I went to live in Paris for nine months, and I would run into Bill at the shows. He would help me sneak into shows by giving me his invitations. Once, as I was leaving a show, I felt something in my pocket. It was a $50 bill. He had slipped it into my pocket.
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