Modevärldens mest kända fotograf Bill Cunningham skapade street style och gjorde den till konst. Och under sin karriär har han fångat upp trender från New Yorks gator i fyra decennier. Hängiven och djupt passionerad för sitt jobb blev han med sin mundering – en cykel och blå täckjacka – ett levande landmärke på gatorna.
Bill Cunninghams arbete uppmärksammades i dokumentären Bill Cunningham New York 2010 där Vogues chefredaktör Anna Wintour beskrev honom som ovärderlig i modevärlden. Alla ville bli fotograferade av honom. ”We all dress for Bill” sa hon då. Han beskrivs också som en genomsnäll och ödmjuk man, som alltid fick kända som okända att känna sig speciella. Nu hyllar kändisar som Gigi Hadid och Sarah Jessica Parker honom på sociala medier. Spana in nedanför.
”The best Fashion Show is definitely on the street. Always has been, and always will be”.
I was so sad yesterday to hear of the passing of the legendary, Bill Cunningham. Here's a little story… I watched a documentary about this iconic NY street style photographer, called "Bill Cunningham New York" last year (a must see if you're into fashion, btw). I was so taken by this sweet man & his commitment to his art… you can't help but fall in love with him. All I could think after watching was, I want to be photographed by Bill! How cool would that be?! A few months later I was in NYC for fashion week. I stepped out of my car at the DVF show & photographers started snapping shots. I was so distracted by what was happening in front of me, that I didn't realize there was a familiar face in a familiar blue jacket taking pictures to my left. My stylist Madison (who is equally obsessed with Bill) gets my attention amidst the chaos & points at sweet Bill. What happened next was completely unexpected. I saw him, freaked out & excitedly screamed "BILLLL!!!". I'm pretty sure I startled him & he shyly smiled & took some pictures of me. A wave of emotion came over me & I started to cry. I tried to hide my tears of joy as I posed for a few more shots, hoping that people wouldn't notice. I made my way over to Bill & told him how much I loved him & asked for a picture. He was so adorable & kind & gentle. #RIP #BillCunningham It was an honor to have met you & to have been photographed by you. I hope wherever you are, you still have that camera of yours. 💙💙💙📸
Saw Bill out and about doing his thing for the first time when I was 7- I didn't know who he was but I knew he made everyone important stop and adjust. It was the exact same vibe when I saw him a month ago, fancy people suddenly unsure in the presence of this special eccentric. He was powerful but he was gentle and kind. He had vision and he will be missed. Drawing by @joanaavillez 🍎
Dear Bill Cunningham got to know you since #1986 , you always had the biggest smile that would light up a city, always called me kid when I was way beyond one . And So elegant you always was . So sad to lose you such a great man with a beautiful soul . Going to the Metball and any other big fashion red carpets will not be the same without you . I love you always , condolences to your family #RIP ❤️❤️🙏🏾
I will never forget this kind beautiful soul who snapped my pic outside my first fashion show in 1993 and introduced himself and said "well hello child I'm Bill Cunningham may I take your picture? " All I recall is asking him why? And then wanting to give him a hug because he was so sweet. I will always remember him in his blue jacket on his bicycle and just for being the one and only unforgettable Bill Cunningham #truestlegend #beautifulman #RIP
ALL HAIL BILL CUNNINGHAM! He was a legend. One of a kind. Beyond special and unique. Watch BILL CUNNINGHAM NEW YORK, the incredible documentary on his life. Every time I would see him at an event with his camera I would watch him and marvel. He put so many beautiful images into the world and saw people and fashion in a way that will always be iconic to him.