It's sad news to fashion industry folks and style lovers everywhere: Bill Cunningham, the affable New York Times fashion photographer, has passed away at 87. According to the Times, he died in Manhattan on Saturday, after suffering from a stroke.
A constant and beloved presence during the global fashoin weeks, Cunningham was often spotted in his blue French worker's jacket, pedaling between shows on his bicycle, with this trusty camera always on hand. In the nearly four decades, he worked for the newspaper, Cunningham documented street style before it became the social media phenomenon it is today, giving equal play to Upper East Side gala doyennes and downtown skateboarders.
Through his work, the photographer became something of a celebrity himself. The New York Landmarks Conservancy designated him a living legend in 2009, and in 2010, a documentary about him titled Bill Cunningham New York, premiered it New York's Museum of Modern Art to terrific fanfare. He will be missed.
To all of Bill's friends around the world...you may have noticed that Bill has been away from the pages for a bit. He is having some health issues that require him to rest and get stronger again. We expect he will be back on his bike and prowling the streets with his camera very soon. In the meantime I will pass along your good wishes. Stay tuned for updates. Love, John. #billcunningham