Legendary New York Times fashion photographer Bill Cunningham has passed away at the age of 87, after recently being hospitalized for a stroke. For the past 40 years, Mr. Cunningham has been a staple on the streets of New York City, chronicling the evolution of street fashion. He was known for riding around on his bike, wearing his signature utilitarian blue French worker’s jacket, khaki pants,and black sneakers. Being photographed by Mr. Cunningham at New York Fashion Week was the ultimate honor for both fashionistas and celebrities alike. He was also a celebrity in his own right. In 2010, a documentary film about his life was released, entitled Bill Cunningham New York, and it quickly became a cult hit.
Tributes from New Jersey’s most famous fashionistas have been pouring in on Instagram. Designer and celebrity stylist (and Millburn native) Rachel Zoe had some touching words for the icon.
“I will never forget this kind beautiful soul who snapped my pic outside my first fashion show 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”
Montclair’s Bobbi Brown, and Zanna Roberts Rassi (Marie Claire’s senior fashion editor and Middletown resident) both paid sweet remembrances.
Montclair native Jack McCollough, who is one half of the design duo behind Proenza Schouler, paid his respects as well.
The fashion world has truly lost a legend. RIP Mr. Cunningham.