I had the house to myself last night and happen upon this documentary on Netflix. Ever since watching The September Issue, a documentary about Vogue's Editor in Chief, Anna Wintour - I've been fasinated with the folks behind the scenes in fashion.
The documentary follows the life of New York Times fashion photographer, Bill Cunningham:
At the age of 82, Bill still writes, photographs and narrates his pages, "On the Streets and "Evening Hours" for the New York Times. Pretty darn impressive, right?
Throughout the movie, many people are interviewed about the influence Bill has on fashion - including Michael Kors, Patrick McDonald, Iris Apfel, and Anna Wintour.
Even though his work involves society and fashion, he is often times seen riding his 29th Schwinn bike (the other 28 were stolen) on the streets of New York and takes "the cheaper, the better" approach for his personal life. Examples of this shown in the movie are when he repairs his ripped up rain poncho with black tape rather than buy a replacement and the fact that he prefers to wear $20 street cleaner shirts when photographing people on the street, events and fashion shows.
As a deeply religous man, Bill goes to church every single Sunday and has a life deeply rooted in morals - seen as he tears up when questioned about his faith, when he refused a sizeable check from Conde Nast after Details magazine was bought out, and when he turned away a plate of salmon at a swanky event. In fact, he makes a point to eat before events and won't even take a glass of water when working.
Bill Cunningham New York was an excellent portrayal of an iconic artist who refers to everyone as a "child" and whom has an outstanding work ethic - he accepts nothing that might damage his reputation.
We truely need more people like him in this world.
"He who seeks beauty ...will find it"
Till next time-