I recently spent my Saturday afternoon watching a beautifully captivating documentary about Bill Cunningham, an 82-year-old street fashion photographer for The New York Times. Prior to viewing this documentary, I had never heard of Bill or any of his amazing work, but after watching this I was disappointed that I had never even heard of this extraordinary man. Anna Wintour, goddess of the fashion industry, mentioned in a featured interview, "We all get dressed for Bill." This shows the widespread importance and influence that Bill has over the entire fashion industry.
I fell in love Bill Cunningham's inspiring soul as the series of his daily events unfolded on my television screen. He doesn't care about celebrities, fame, or even social hierarchy; and that's what sets him apart from paparazzi. All that Bill cares about is the clothes; he is strictly fascinated by fashion. What I am most in love with about him though, is that he isn't into this 21st century idea of fake, artificial, and cookie-cutter "fashion" that so many people claim to be a part of. He isn't interested in "celebrities and their free dresses", he is purely interested in the excitement and individuality of people who aren't afraid to stand out and make a statement through what they're wearing. I admire a person that is completely and passionately devoted to what they do with their life; there's never a day where they wake up and don't want to face what the day has in store for them, and Bill is exactly that. The documentary shows that he can barely even hold a conversation with a friend on the street or at a party without-click, click-getting distracted by and running away to- snap, snap-a picture of some beauty that has caught his eye. It's a sign of true passion when you see that he has been riding around New York City on his bike for forty years to capture the evolution of fashion on his old film camera.
I think Bill Cunningham New York is currently On Demand, and I can't express how much I suggest that you watch it. After I bought it, I watched it twice in a span of 24 hours! If any of you have already seen it or watched it after reading this, feel free to comment below!:)