It’s been almost 4 years since the death of Bill Cunningham, the legendary chronicler of New York street fashion who worked for The New York Times for four decades. Cunningham’s contagious enthusiasm for fashion embraced both runway couture and how real people dress every day to live their lives. According to Cunningham, “The best fashion show is definitely on the street. Always has been. Always will be.”
You may remember those words from the terrific 2010 documentary Bill Cunningham New York (currently available to stream, and worth it). Watching it, or watching the Cunningham-narrated “On the Street” videos The Times published for years, you just want to hear more from Bill Cunningham. (If you feel like getting emotional, watch his segment on the “glorious sight” of spring in New York from April 2015, the last video in the series, as far as I can tell.)
Thankfully, a new documentary focuses on just that: hearing more from Bill Cunningham. Where the 2010 film told its story in part by following Cunningham through the weekly process of filing his photo features, The Times of Bill Cunningham is based on a 1994 interview taped by the film’s producer, Mark Bozek. Bozek cut the interview with hundreds of photos from Cunningham’s archive (and other archival photos and footage) and a narrative voiceover (by Sarah Jessica Parker). Apparently, the original plan was for a short conversation but the two talked for hours.
Maurice Lynch Music: Mikel Kilgour launches new Website Gallery..........It was such and exciting experience on September 28th, 2019 to be the Musical Director for"Go'in Bananna's" Celebrating Artist- Mikel Kilgour's Josephine Baker Art Exhibit. The evening was filled with over 100 paintings of Josephine. Mikel's interpretation's were stellar and overwhelming.
Harlem was applauding as Josephine returned on that magical autumn evening. My song " Tonight Josephine" sang by the incomparable Miss Pat Cleveland was a part this great celebration of all things Josephine. This event was historic. Many Veteran Fashion Modeling Legends were present (Versailles 73 model & Halstonette-Alva Chin, Vogue Cover Model-Peggy Dillard, Hermes Campaign Model-Tommy Garrett, GQ's First Black Male Cover Model- Renault White, Bob Mackie- Muse- Lu Sierra, David P. Martin, Ebony Magazine Legendary Model and Commentator - Audrey Smaltz, Alvin Clayton, Versailles 73 Model- Norma Jean Darden and Givenchy- Muse- Carol Collins-Miles and the list goes on and on......But what really caused a frenzy was a person very dear to my heart Josephine Baker's son Jari (Jarry) Baker who has been a personal friend of mine for over 25 years.... But the real magic for the evening was the art. The art interpretations by Mikel Kilgour will keep the spirt of Josephine alive for many generations to come.
Mikel Kigour's Artist Director - Cynthia McCoy has shared a fantastic new website to celebrate the artwork.
Please follow the links below there is a wonderful article, art and website gallery. Many pieces are availble for purchase.