04 May 2011

Inspiration: New York to Nashville: Tim Gunn and Bill Cunningham

I feel fortunate to have experienced two inspirational nights recently in Nashville.  The first, a speech by Tim Gunn at Vanderbilt University.  The second, a film at the Belcourt on Bill Cunningham.  

Influential in the New York scene and beyond, both contribute greatly in different ways to the fashion industry.  A consultant and creative officer, Tim (Parsons The New School For Design, Liz Claiborne, Project Runway) has a hand in the education and creation of fashion, while photographer and street style expert Bill (Women's Wear Daily, The New York Times) documents and archives the implementation of fashion in everyday life.  I could go on for days about both, but I would recommend hearing Tim in person and running (not walking) to catch the Bill Cunningham film. Then of course a coffee date with me to recap all our favorite moments!

One thing that resonated with me is how a strong sense of ethics is highly regarded by both. An editing eye, mixed with true belief in their vision and a sincere trust of instinct guide their focus on what's interesting and forward-thinking. Both also exude a sincere kindness that is very uplifting and endearing.

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1 comment:

  1. Ugh. I'm dying that Tim Gunn was here and I missed it. :( But I did go see the Bill Cunningham film- cried twice. Absolutely gorgeous.