Clothes were everything to me

Lisa Cohen

  • Fashion Climbing: A New York Life by Bill Cunningham
    Chatto, 256 pp, £16.99, October, ISBN 978 1 78474 281 2

A small boy, four years old, ‘parading around’ in his sister’s ‘prettiest dress’, blissfully happy, until: ‘My mother beat the hell out of me, and threatened every bone in my uninhibited body if I wore girls’ clothes again.’ He wept, but did not fail to note where his tears fell: ‘all over the pink organdy full-skirted dress’.

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