Fashion Film: Bill Cunningham New York

Forget The September Issue, there’s a new award-winning fashion documentary arriving in cinemas this month.

Bill Cunningham New York is a heart-warming insight into the life of the New York Times’ 83-year-old street style photographer. A man who cycles everywhere, still uses film cameras and lives in a shoebox-sized apartment in Carnegie Hall.

“The best fashion show is definitely on the street. Always has been, always will be,” he says at the start of the film. With his love of photography comes an ethics and philosophy, rare in today’s street style fashion photographers.

Bill has been taking pictures of New Yorkers for five decades including Anna Wintour and the Studio 54 crowd but his keen eye for style defies celebrity status, age and background.

Director Richard Press approaches it with humour and grace, turning the camera on a man who usually hides behind one.

This is a portrait of an inspirational man, uttlerly in love with his work which will appeal to many cinema goers but is an absolute must-see for anyone interested in fashion’s legends.

We smiled all the way through and left feeling inspired.  Five stars.

Bill Cunningham New York is released on 16 March, visit the website for details of screenings.

Watch the trailer on TellusFashion.

Olivia Pinnock

I am the Editor of TellusFashion's online magazine and also run a personal blog called Dress Like No One's Judging. I have a taste for anything a little bit different and love discovering emerging talent in the fashion industry. I have previously written fashion articles for Velvet, a local magazine in Cambridge, and websites including Vintage Seekers, Offers Boutique and Blog Preston. I am also i...(Read More)

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