Street Fashion: As It Happens


By Abby and Elle

New York Times fashion photographer Bill Cunningham

New York Times fashion photographer Bill Cunningham

This week, we’re devoting our post to Bill Cunningham, visionary New York Times fashion photographer, who will be celebrating his 84th birthday on March 11.

Bill has been photographing the fashions on New York City streets and publishing them in the Times for decades. He has said that he doesn’t necessarily think he’s an excellent photographer but that he simply loves to see women who are “wonderfully dressed.”

Why we love Bill: He’s humble and unassuming (he doesn’t particularly like to talk about himself), quirky (he captures the city’s fashion trends from his bicycle seat – even at 84) and has an eye for the extraordinary. He loves clothing. He loves style. And he loves what he does for a living.

Naturally he covers New York Fashion Week, and you can watch a short video of his perspective on the 2013 event here. We try never to miss Bill’s On the Street series, where he detects a trend (swirly skirts, for example, or funky shoes or trenchcoats) and documents what he’s found.

If you want to know more about Bill Cunningham (and we strongly encourage you to!), watch the 2010 documentary Bill Cunningham New York, by Zeitgeist Films.

Bill, we think you’re extraordinary, a gem in the fashion world. Here’s hoping your upcoming birthday is everything you want it to be.

On the Street with Bill Cunningham

On the Street with Bill Cunningham

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