Bill Cunningham, the gentlemanly New York Times photographer long considered the founding father of street style, died on June 25. Almost always clad in a French workman’s smock, the lensman cycled from event to event (he would only do charity ones) turning his well-honed eye on the best dressed.
His career in fashion began with millinery, creating show-stopping headpieces for New York’s society women before taking writing and finally picture posts at WWD, the Chicago Tribune, and the New York Times, where he happily remained. His images are interesting and beautiful. Highlighting the clothes was his specialty, particularly how real women interpreted runway style. In 2008, France’s Ministry of Culture anointed him an Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters. An accolade more than well deserved.