Bill Cunningham, Pat Cleveland and Jessica Lange talk animatedly about the influential fashion illustrator in James Crump's loving doc
ANTONIO LOPEZ 1970: SEX FASHION & DISCO (James Crump, U.S.). 95 minutes. Rating: NNN
Late New York Times street-style photographer Bill Cunningham steals all his scenes in this documentary celebrating fashion illustrator Antonio Lopez – and that’s no small feat in a film that includes animated interviews with actor Jessica Lange and model Pat Cleveland.
All three gush about Lopez, a pivotal but unsung figure in New York and Paris fashion circles whose magnetism and eye for non-traditional beauty instantly endeared him to a diverse group of glamourous women and helped launch many storied careers (including Jerry Hall and Grace Jones) that went beyond the runway.
There’s very little archival footage of Lopez – who died from AIDS in 1987 – so it’s the lively interviews that make the film watchable even as the format of still photos/talking heads grows stale. You really sense how the interviews were transporting for some of Lopez’s friends and collaborators, particularly Cunningham, to whom the film is dedicated.
May 27, 4:15 pm, TIFF 2