"We all get dressed for Bill" says Anna Wintour in the forthcoming documentary about legendary street style photographer Bill Cunningham. He has famously been documenting the fashions found on New York Streets for the last 50 years. With a battered Nikon camera, he goes everywhere on his bike, snapping anything that catches his eye, documenting he most fashionable, daring and exciting people he could find.
From aspiring fashionistas to Upper East side's Queen bee's, to street gangs, punks & even downtown transvestites- if there is something to be said about what someone is wearing in their day to day life then you an guarantee that Cunningham will snap them.
Now 50 years into his career he has become the subject of a new documentary which celebrates his career and his body of work which the producers say "is more reliable than any catwalk as an expression of time, place & individual flair." Featuring cameos from some of New York City's most glorious inhabitants including Anna Wintour, Tom Wolfe & David Rockefeller, Bill Cunningham's New York is definitely a documentary of art not to be missed.
I've watched the trailer about 4 times now and each time I have to pause it to study some of the outfits that have been snapped giving me a tease of what I can expect in the documentary and I truly can't wait. After the whirlwind of fashion shows that we have been audience too the last couple of weeks its refreshing to watch this documentary and see our very own fashion shows on the streets of New York.
"The main thing I love about street photography is that you find the answers you don't see at the fashion shows... If you just cover the designers in the shows, that's only one facet. You also need the street and the evening hours. If you cover the three things, you have the full picture of what people are wearing," Cunningham has said.