When Bill Cunningham passed away in 2016, the fashion industry lost a treasure and an icon. The photographer, who popularized street style at The New York Times, is going to be the subject of a summer exhibition, ‘Celebrating Bill Cunningham’, at the New York Historical Society from June 8 through September 9.
The exhibit will focus less on Cunningham’s work and more on his life. Cunningham’s iconic blue jacket and bicycle will be on display, as well as the “Bill Cunningham Corner” Fifth Avenue street sign that was installed in his honor following his passing.
In addition, the famed photographer’s first camera will be on display with photographs of friend, and handmade Valentines that he would give to friends among other mementos.
Cunningham had been immortalized in the 2010 film Bill Cunningham New York, which he was able to see and be a part of before his untimely passing. While the film gave a glimpse into the photographer’s past and present, with the help of famous cameos, ‘Celebrating Bill Cunningham’ is expected to be a deep dive into what made the photographer so special.
The exhibit will also serve as a nice preview to Cunningham’s secret memoir that is expected to his stores during NYFW this September.