Saturday, February 19, 2011

Girls in the windows

Girls In The Windows (1960)

"In 1960, while a construction crew dismantled a row of brownstones right across from my own brownstone studio on East 58th Street, I was inspired to, somehow immortalize those buildings. I had the vision of 43 women in formal dress adorning the windows of the skeletal facade.

We had to work quickly to secure City permissions, arrange for models which included celebrities, the demolition supervisior’s wife (third floor, third from left), my own wife (second floor, far right), and also secure the Rolls Royce to be parked on the sidewalk. Careful planning was a necessity as the photography had to be accomplished during the workers’ lunch time!"

--Ormond Gigli

Commercial for Chanel Égoïste (1990)

Égoïste, où est-tu?
Montre-toi misérable!
Prends garde à mon courroux!
Je serai implacable.
Ô rage ! ô désespoir ! Ô mon amour trahi?
N'ai-je donc tant vécu que pour cette infamie? Montre-toi égoïste!
Égoïste!! Égoïste!!! Égoïste!

Egotist, where are you?
Show yourself, Miserable!
Beware my anger,
I will be relentless!
Oh rage, oh despair! Oh, my betrayed love.
How do I live with this reputation?
Show yourself, Selfish!

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