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8 Illustrators Draw Street Style’s King, Bill Cunningham

Photo: Cecilia Carlstedt

This piece was originally published on February 6, 2014. We’re republishing it now in honor of Bill Cunningham, who died Saturday, June 26, 2016, at the age of 87.

Whether on the edge of a curb outside Lincoln Center as the brightly accessorized masses traverse the crosswalks, or sitting front row snapping only the looks that interest him — during Fashion Week, the New York Times’ veteran photographer, Bill Cunningham, appears to be everywhere all at once. In fact, he is so much a part of the landscape, that it just wouldn’t feel like Fashion Week without his signature blue painter’s smock and ancient SLR camera. So this season, to honor of the man who started this whole street-snapping craze, the Cut asked eight illustrators to draw this style legend in action. Click through our slideshow to see the results. 

An Illustrated Ode to the King of Street Style