The fashion world just lost a legend last weekend. The New York Times’ photographer Bill Cunningham passed away on June 25 after being hospitalized for a stroke. He was 87.
The street style chronicler worked for the Times for nearly 40 years. Though he claimed to work as discreetly as he could, he wasn’t difficult to spot. Riding around town on his bicycle, Bill snapped away wearing his signature blue jacket and a camera slung around his neck. He had become a fashion week fixture, and somehow, turned into a celebrity himself.
“We all dress for Bill,” says Vogue Editor-In-Chief Anna Wintour in the 2011 documentary Bill Cunningham New York.
Our very own Liz Uy did not escape the photographer’s keen eyes. In 2015, she was featured on the website during New York Fashion Week. To this day, she finds it unbelievable.
“He was going towards the opposite way when he saw my blue coat,” Liz shared. “He went back to take [a shot] of it.” She was wearing a Roksanda Ilincic color-block coat, all-white Joey Samson suit and flared pants, and coordinating burgundy platforms at the time.
Liz’s photo appeared on Bill’s list titled Ice Blues. “He didn’t approach. He just took it. He liked it candid, I think,” the stylist to the stars added.
Liz also mentioned how Bill always only had kind words for his subjects. "He was generous with compliments, always smiling, and friendly to everyone."