Bill Cunningham may have passed away two years ago, but his legacy remains in the spotlight. Beyond remaining an incomparable icon of street style photography, he is the subject of Mark Bozek's new documentary, The Times of Bill Cunningham. On the evening of November 11, The Rose Group hosted a screening of the film, bringing fashion insiders together to watch the camera legend on the other side of the lens.
Bozek began working on the documentary the day Cunningham died in 2016, and two years later, he has collected a range of unseen material to chart the icon's life. Using an unreleased interview pegged to the photographer's 1994 CFDA Media Award win and early, pre-New York Times photographs, among other footage, the film follows Cunningham's Boston upbringing, his New York beginnings as a milliner, his entry into photography, and his democratic opinions on fashion itself. Sarah Jessica Parker narrates it all, reminding the world how strong the lensman's impact has been.
The screening was held at 583 Park Avenue as part of The Rose Group's film series. Louis Rose joined Bozek to introduce the film, and Alexandra Lind Rose, Amy Fine Collins, Cristina Cuomo, and Elizabeth Callender co-hosted. Notable guests included designers Anna Sui and Maria Cornejo, Princess Firyal of Jordan, and Caroline Kennedy.
Most of all, the night showed how much love the industry still has for Cunningham. Bozek's film reminds viewers of the energy the photographer created outside of fashion week's biggest venues, and if the community who showed up to support it is any evidence, it's sure to have a nostalgic and personal impact on much of its audience.
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