Bill Cunningham -- the man and the movie about him. A fixture in the fashion field for decades, as well as at The New York Times (and during the early days of Details magazine), Mr. Cunningham is one of the most unusual men to ever grace a major documentary. Richard Press' lovely ode to this little guy and his very big career -- BILL CUNNINGHAM NEW YORK -- is in many ways a model of its kind: It gives us a good amount of the photographer's wonderful work to pour over, while letting us slowly get to know and warm up to this joyful loner, who turns out to be not only smart, talented and, yes, very set in his ways -- but also quite the private person.
WWD, Anna Wintour (caught in Cunningham's lens, above) and the rest of the rat pack that has been passing itself off as the cognoscenti of true fashion. I'm not saying these people and their magazines are worthless, mind you -- not quite, anyway -- just far too self-important and deluded. All you need do is take a good, hard look at at least half the stuff raved over by these fashionistas, and then compare this with what Mr Cunningham has photographed -- those shoes and the women in them, shown below, for instance -- to understand who and what really matter.
Zeitgeist Films, has its world theatrical premiere this Wednesday, March 16 in NYC's Film Forum. Click here for Film Forum showtimes and tickets -- and here for further playdates (there'll be lots of them) cross country.
link to the article itself but -- shoot! -- no pictures in the Times' archive?! (It turns out that the photographer also shot my grand-daughter Marlo at a recent ballet event -- but that one didn't make the cut.)