In memory of the original street style photographer, Bill Cunningham, New York City is giving the legendary photographer his own "corner" street sign. Bill would often be seen shooting at the intersection at Fifth Avenue and 57th Street, his favorite spot to capture stylish New Yorkers.
Mayor Bill de Blasio clarified that although the sign is temporary, the Administration will continue to work with the Council, the community, and Bill's friends and colleagues on a permanent way to honor his legacy.
“Fifth Avenue and 57th Street was Bill Cunningham's spot,” Diane von Furstenberg said in a release from the city. “The world of fashion always knew that. Now, thanks to our Mayor, the world will know.”
"We dress for Bill," Anna Wintour was quoted.
He chronicled New York City street fashion from fanny packs to designer bags for almost 40 years for the New York Times.
"I never bothered with celebrities unless they were wearing something interesting." Cunningham said of his own body of work for the Times explaining his approach. He took as much interest in what people were wearing in Harlem and downtown as he took when photographing New York's elite at countless galas and runway shows. Cunningham was known by his signature plain blue jacket and bicycle, and was named a 'living landmark' by the New York Landmarks Conservancy.
Cunningham was hospitalized recently after a stroke, and the news of his passing came in a few following days.
“I started a petition out of my own desire that something be done to honor a man who meant so much to the city of New York,” Cunningham’s friend and petition-starter Nick Nicholson added. “Bill Cunningham gave New York his best for decades.
Nicholson’s petition has more than 6,200 signatures as of press time, including those of prominent fashion figures like Derek Blasberg, Nina Garcia, and Christian Siriano.