How the Fashion World Is Mourning Bill Cunningham

Bill Cunningham
Bill Cunningham behind the camera. (Photo: Getty Images)

Bill Cunningham, the fashion photographer known for inventing street style, died on Saturday. He was 87.

His weekly column for the New York Times featured particularly stylish everyday New Yorkers captured on the city streets. But he was also a fixture in the fashion industry, working the front row, capturing models on the runway from his unique lens, and especially outside the shows where the outfits are usually as enthralling as those indoors.

One of Bill Cunningham's New York Times columns.
One of Bill Cunningham’s New York Times columns.

The passing of Cunningham, who could be seen in his signature blue sweater riding on his bike with a small camera bag strapped to his waist, has prompted many to share their condolences. The Times’ publisher and chairman Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr. said in a statement, “His company was sought after by the fashion world’s rich and powerful, yet he remained one of the kindest, most gentle and humble people I have ever met. We have lost a legend, and I am personally heartbroken to have lost a friend.”

Other friends, acquaintances, colleagues, and admirers — including Lena Dunham, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, Iman, and more — have taken to social media to commiserate as well.

I’ll miss you Bill…❤️

A photo posted by Diane Kruger (@dianekruger) on Jun 25, 2016 at 3:38pm PDT

RIP #BillCunningham. A true gentleman and wonderful artist. You will be missed xx

A photo posted by Anne Hathaway (@annehathaway) on Jun 25, 2016 at 9:26pm PDT

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