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Bill Cunningham: 'The Best Fashion Show Is on the Streets'




    "The best fashion show is on the streets -- always has been, always will be," says Bill Cunningham in the documentary "Bill Cunningham New York." A free screening the film at the Landmark Theatre jumpstarted Bethesda Row's annual three-day fashion event Thursday night.

    Dressed for Bill, as Vogue Editor Anna Wintour would say, Metro-area fashion mavens showed up picture-perfect for the screening and cockails afterward at the nearby Mon Ami Gabi.

    Cunningham, a legendary New York Times street photographer, is chronicled in the film as a quirky but loveable historian who pinpoints America's need for fashion as "the armor that helps us survive the reality of everyday life."

    "It's a true now as it ever was: He who seeks beauty will find it."