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The fashion world pays tribute to legendary photographer Bill Cunningham

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Bill Cunningham passed away yesterday aged 87.

The inimitable New York Times fashion photographer, best known for pioneering “street style” photography, suffered a stroke last week for which he was hospitalised.

Cunningham famously cycled around New York City wearing his signature blue French workman’s jacket, capturing on film anyone stylish who caught his eye. His 40-year tenure at The New York Times is legendary and his career had a spotlight cast on it with the release of the 2010 documentary Bill Cunningham New York.

The news of his passing has devastated the fashion world, with an outpouring of tributes being posted to social media from friends, colleagues, celebrities and fans alike:

Rihanna, singer

Iris Apfel, friend and fashion icon

#billcunningham

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Jeremy Scott, Moschino creative director

THIS IS THE FIRST PHOTO BILL CUNNINGHAM TOOK OF ME. I WAS 18 YEARS OLD AND WAS OFFERED A TICKET TO THE CFDA AWARDS FROM SCHOOL. I WAS ALL DOLLED UP IM MY FANCY DUDZ W A VINTAGE TOP HAT AND SCARF. I FELT SO COOL & THAT WAS VALIDATED 100% WHEN BILL SNAPED MY PHOTO. THE NEXT DAY WHEN I WAS BACK AT SCHOOL WORKING AT THE JOB PLACEMENT CENTER ON CAMPUS THE PHONE RANG I ANSWERED IT AND IT WAS NONE OTHER THAN BILL CUNNINGHAM !!! HE SAID I TOOK SOME PICTURES LAST NIGHT AT THE CFDA OF SOME STUDENTS FROM PRATT AND NEED HELP TO FIND THEIR NAMES – I ENTHUSIASTICALLY REPLIED YOU PHOTOGRAPHED ME !!! I WAS WEARING THE TOP HAT AND SCARF WITH THE SLIT LEG TUXEDO PANTS THAT WAS ME !!! THAT WAS MEEE !!! OH GOOD BILL EXCLAIMED AND TOLD ME I LOOKED FANTASTIC & DESCRIBED THE LOOKS OF MY FRIENDS SO I COULD GIVE HIM THEIR NAMES TOO. ( THIS WAS PRE INTERNET REMEMBER ! ) HE THANKED ME AND GENEROUSLY SENT ME A PRINT OF THE PHOTO ! HIS VALIDATION OF MY PERSONAL STYLE GAVE ME SO MUCH FUEL TO BELIEVE I WAS ON THE RIGHT PATH AT THAT VERY TENDER AGE. AS HE WAS ONE OF THE PEOPLE WHO INSPIRED ME TO WANT TO GO INTO FASHION THIS MENT THE WORLD TO ME, HE MENT THE WORLD TO ME. #RIPBILLCUNNINGHAM

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Vera Wang, designer

Lena Dunham, actor and author

Naomi Campbell, model

Gigi Hadid, model

Nina Garcia, Marie Claire creative director

Eva Chen, Head of Fashion at Instagram / former editor-in-chief Lucky magazine

Rodarte (Kate and Laura Mulleavy), designers

Anne Hathaway, actress

RIP #BillCunningham. A true gentleman and wonderful artist. You will be missed xx

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Joanna Coles, Cosmopolitan editor-in-chief

Jason Wu, designer

Jaime King, actress and model

US Vogue magazine

Marc Jacobs, designer

Hamish Bowles, European editor-at-large at US Vogue

Garance Dore, author and street style photographer

Some legends walk by you and you hardly notice them because that's exactly what they want. Bill Cunningham was like this, and all his life he was able to keep that fire and the perfect distance from his subject, distance that allowed him to do the work that he did. He was always going, going, going, rain, snow, heat, always smiling. He is a role model for many photographers, and definitely for me, though I always knew I could never touch that level of dedication – and of selflessness. So at the shows, I used to let him go go go and just tried to not get in his way, that was the best way to show him all the good things I thought about him… Because as you can imagine, he didn't care for a selfie. Goodbye Bill, you will be missed. Photo by @thesartorialist who loved taking photos of Bill… #BillCunningham

A photo posted by Garance Doré (@garancedore) on

Saks Fifth Avenue

We celebrate the life & legacy of #BillCunningham. #RIP #FashionIcon

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Drew Barrymore, actress

Scott Schuman, The Sartorialist author and street style photographer

Molly Ringwald, actress

Rosetta Getty, designer

Maggie Rizer, model

Carine Roitfeld, former editor-in-chief Paris Vogue

Best fashion look, best pictures, best smile! RIP dear Bill Cunningham! Miss you💔💔💔

A photo posted by Carine Roitfeld (@carineroitfeld) on

Photos: First Thought Films/Zeitgeist Films (main) and Instagram

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