April 2, 2011

Bill Cunningham Is An Icon

Anyone who wants to be a part of the fashion industry should know who Bill Cunningham is. I saw his documentary at the Film Forum today and adored it. Bill is an icon. He's been living in New York all his life, he lived in a small studio in Carnegie Hall that had no kitchen, "I eat out all the time" he said. Eventually the tenants at Carnegie Hall were pushed out, Bill included, so he moved to a small apartment where he kindly requested they move the appliances out of the kitchen to make room for his file cabinets- so classic!

He started doing photography in the '40s. They way he spoke about fashion was so amazing and reminded me of why I studied fashion and joined this industry. He says he's always been obsessed with beautiful clothes and the creative ways people wear them. At Fashion Week, he wouldn't photograph anything a real woman couldn't wear (how awesome is that?!). He let's the streets speak to him, he says it's the best runway.

A surprising aspect of the film for me was how likable I found Anna Wintour. She famously said "We all get dressed for Bill." There was a scene where she was walking into an event and rushed by the paparazzi but made a quick stop for Bill. She knows he's important so I appreciated her showing her respect.

I think a scene that sums up Bill is where he was showing his press credentials to get into a show at Paris Fashion Week. The people weren't paying him much attention and then a man walked over and said "This is the most important man in the world" and escorted him in. I loved it! He is so humble yet has such an amazing career.

Watch the trailer below for a taste of his spunky personality:

It also reminded me why I save all my Times Style section, even though my friends and family think I'm a hoarder for it. I hope you all get to see this movie!

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  1. Bill Cunnignham is a legend, I am definitely looking forward to seeing this film!

  2. i love me a good fashion documentary! & i dont blame you; i know if i got the Times i'd be saving all my style sections. :)

  3. @Harriet- Yes, legend/icon/original all those things!

    @La Petite- hehe right?! He is such an amazing person :)

  4. he is indeed an icon!!


  5. I've only recently started to learn more about him. He is a genius - the best fashion show is on the street!

    Chic 'n Cheap Living

  6. @Jason- Thanks for checking out my blog!

    @Chic 'n Cheap- aw you must see this movie, he is adorable :)


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