Bill Cunningham, the pioneering street-style photographer, beloved for his kind demeanor and sharp eye for style, passed away in New York City at the age of 87.
“He occupied a unique place in the fashion firmament,” said Simon Doonan, Barneys New York’s Creative Ambassador-at-Large. “He was a humble guy with an encyclopedic knowledge of La Mode. Irreplaceable.”
While he always shied away from the spotlight, his four decades-long contribution as a chronicler of fashion from the streets of New York City and beyond for the New York Times, made him well-known and loved by all. He was bestowed with the Legion d’Honneur by France, was named a Living Landmark by the New York Landmarks Conservancy, and was documented in a feature-length film, “Bill Cunningham New York.” But none of these honors changed who was: a hard-working, curious, modest man. The world will miss Bill Cunningham dearly. Let us celebrate his work and life.