Instagram and Twitter are bursting with tributes to Bill Cunningham, the inimitable fashion photographer who was so often seen biking around New York City, snapping pics of stylish people of every stripe. From selfies with the street style master to written tributes, fashion insiders, celebs, and friends paid tribute to the icon.Read More »
This piece was originally published on February 6, 2014. We're republishing it now in honor of Bill Cunningham, who died Saturday, June 26, 2016, at the age of 87.
Whether on the edge of a curb outside Lincoln Center as the brightly accessorized masses traverse the crosswalks, or sitting front row snapping only the looks that interest him — during Fashion Week, the New York Times' veteran photographer, Bill Cunningham, appears to be everywhere all at once. In fact, he is so much a part of the landscape, that it just wouldn't feel like Fashion Week without his signature blue painter's smock and ancient SLR camera. So this season, to honor of the man who started this whole street-snapping craze, the Cut asked eight illustrators to draw this style legend in action. Click through our slideshow to see the results.
Everyone in fashion has a Bill Cunningham story. Here’s mine. A couple of years ago, I was on my way to breakfast at Tiffany’s (seriously) hovering at the corner of 57th and Fifth—one of Bill’s favorite spots—and suddenly I saw him. The Schwinn-riding photographer, taking a picture of oblivious tourists with a selfie stick. I was crossing the street and still regret not taking that picture of the scene: an octogenarian with a film camera shooting the iPhone selfie generation. Unlike Bill, I wasn’t quick enough to get the shot.
Cunningham, who died today at the age of 87 after falling victim to a stroke, was fashion photography’s most democratic eye. He didn’t see style in the top-down sense of what walked the runways and was decreed as fashionable by magazines and luxury advertising—a somewhat radical approach when he was starting out. Instead, he took in the street as a whole and picked out the seemingly random trendlets that real people were adopting. Fashion's near-obsessive emphasis on "personal style" and street fashion now owes a great deal to his influence.
Beloved New York Times photographer and street style O.G. Bill Cunningham has died, the Times has announced. On Thursday, we learned that Cunningham had been hospitalized after suffering a stroke. The 87-year-old, who was the subject of the 2010 documentary Bill Cunningham New York, had been in regular contact with his family and editors following the stroke, and it had originally seemed as though he would make a recovery.
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