“One snap, two snaps. Or he ignores you, which is death”, so says Anna Wintour when speaking about Bill Cunningham. A legendary street style fashion photographer for decades, the documentary based on his iconic life’s work premiered in London last night, in conjunction with Grazia magazine. A host of fashion’s elite – such as Henry Holland and Jameela Jamil – were in attendance, with the documentary receiving rave reviews from its UK audience. This post isn’t about another celebrity film premiere though, but more the man on which this documentary is based upon. It would be impossible to explain Bill Cunningham’s life story, he has seen and done so much. Through it all, his passions have been photography and fine clothes. Having always maintained that he is “not interested in celebrities with their free dresses, I’m interested in clothes”, the proof can be seen in Bill’s life’s work, most of which is largely unpublished, by his own choosing of course. He is admired and revered by all in the industry, as evident from US Vogue’s editor-in-chief. From what I have read about him and belonging to him thus far, he’s a sweet, fun-loving gentleman, commanding respect for his sheer dedication to his craft. That much will be clear as day in the 2 minutes and 3 seconds from Bill’s New York trailer.
The English screenings began in London last night, and will tour the country until mid-June. No word on any Irish screenings as of yet, which I’m hoping won’t be the case for much longer. The documentary is released in UK cinemas on the 16 March. Below is the very trailer for Bill’s New York, directed by Richard Press. I’m dying to see this film, I already have favourite parts in the trailer, particularly when Bill tells us that “If you don’t take money, they can’t tell you what to do. That’s the key to the whole thing”.