William J. (Bill Cunningham), The Curb-side Curator and Cultural Anthropologist of New York Street Fashion

A film that points the camera back at the elusive photographer behind New York’s fashion scene…

 

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Some quotes from a 2002 article in his hometown paper, the New York Times (by Cathy Horyn):

ANNA WINTOUR,  editor in chief of Vogue:

“I don’t know how many times he has taken my photograph, but we all dress for Bill. You feel he’s the only one who notices or cares how you dress. I wonder if Bill will like this. And it’s always a flattering picture he chooses. He picks everything carefully, so you will look your best. He’s a very seductive guy.”

GLORIA VANDERBILT:

“When he’s photographing, he transmits his energy toward you. You can feel it, and you respond. I treasure his photos of me, and my son Anderson’s favorite picture is one Bill took of me in a glorious Adolfo gown with a feathered fan.”

OSCAR DE LA RENTA:

“More than anyone else in the city, he has the whole visual history of the last 40 or 50 years of New York. It’s the total scope of fashion in the life of New York.

“And he’s such an unbelievably discreet man. I don’t know anything about his life, except his bicycle.”

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