‘The best fashion show is definitely on the streets – It always has been, and always will’ says the original street photographer, Bill Cunningham. The movie documenting his life is by far one of my favorite fashion films. ‘Bill Cunningham, New York’ is not only a fascinating story about the dear Bill Cunningham, but I also happen to be in it !
When the movie first came out, my good friend Jason went to see the film in theatres. He called me excitedly after to say “You’re in the Bill Cunningham movie !!”
“Wait, what ?!”
Yes, it was true – there were 2 shots of me running up the stairs to the New York Fashion Week tents at Bryant Park back in 2009. I was in New York for the shows, working backstage and watching on my days off.
As Anna Wintour says, “We all get dressed for Bill” And good thing that day I was. In the first 10 minutes of the movie (minute 8 to be exact) there are 2 quick shots of me entering the tents, coffee in hand ready to take in the shows.
For decades, Bill Cunningham has been chronicling fashion trends and high-society charity events for the Times Style section in his columns ‘On the Street’ and ‘Evening Hours.’ Documenting uptown fixtures, downtown eccentrics, and everyone in between. His take on the fashion industry is honest and refreshing.
This 80+ year photographer still rides his bike around the streets of Manhattan, capturing the essence of the city through fashion. This brilliant documentary about the New York icon has recently been added to Netflix, and is definitely a must watch film.