New York Style Librarian
Before The Sartorialist there was Bill.
Some say street style started the day Bill Cunningham got a camera, and he’s got the snapshots to prove it. For decades, he has artfully captured candid everyday fashion and haute couture for The New York Times.
Today at a spry 80-ish years old, he pedals through Manhattan on his Schwinn bicycle in his trademark cobalt blue coat, snapping candid photos along the way.
Beloved Bill brings us shiny street scenes, full of people in the midst of their daily, stylish lives in the city…
And covers fashion shows, Fashion Week, galas, benefits, and all the “be seen” soirées.
His weekly On the Street column highlights everyday style in New York, and his Evening Hours feature spotlights the glamorous life of a select and lucky few, à la “First Lady of New York” Brooke Astor.
In his previous life, he dropped out of Harvard, started a chapeau shop, and wrote for WWD. He currently sleeps in a small apartment above Carnegie Hall lined with file cabinets. Can you just imagine the photographs in those cabinets? Perhaps Bill needs help from someone with my initials to catalog those treasures…
Bill’s got skills. Who else could make Anna Wintour feel as if she’s received the kiss of death when he passes her over for a photo? “We all get dressed for Bill,” she has quipped…
If like moi, you can’t seem to get enough of this silver-haired style shutterbug, you’re in luck. Richard Press’s documentary, Bill Cunningham New York finally hit the silver screen last year and is now available on DVD. If you haven’t had the pleasure of viewing this treasure ~ get your well-manicured hands on it tout de suite, darlings!
I promise you will not be in the least bit disappointed ~ and will most likely fall in love with this incredibly kind, uber-creative, observant, crazy-talented man on the spot.
“The best fashion show is definitely on the street. Always has been, and always will be.” ~Bill Cunningham