Bill Cunningham : He who seeks beauty, will find it.
Monday, September 15, 2014
I recently watched Bill Cunningham New York on Netflix, thanks to Tanvi. And if you follow me on Twitter, you'd know by now that I have become a huge fan of his. Bill Cunningham is a street style photographer in NewYork who has been doing this since the 60's. When the documentary was made, he had just turned 80. This documentary follows him around as he goes about wearing his trademark bright blue jacket clicking people and their clothes with his Nikon film camera on his bicycle. To call him influential would be an understatement. He knows everyone in the fashion world and any fashion week is incomplete without him. And the beauty of it is that he really doesn't care about any of the big names. Like he says in the documentary while watching a runway show during NYFW "If it isn't something a woman could wear, I have no interest in it".
And his humility is almost surreal and heartbreaking. It is evident in Paris Fashion week, when he is waiting outside and nobody lets him in and an older gentleman tells the woman " He is the most important person" and takes him inside.
This documentary is a beautiful, moving film about a thorough gentleman.They sure don't make 'em like that anymore. If you have Netflix or if you can get hold of this documentary online, please do watch it. It will inspire you!
PS: On a random side note, this post reminded me of the time way back in college, when I decided I will get out of my house dressed everyday like there's a street style photographer out to take my pic. That works and you'll never catch me wearing sweats outside my house!
* Pic taken from here