Octogenarian New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham has been snapping stylish dressers for the past half century. A striking photograph of a striking ensemble, published in August 2000.

Octogenarian New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham has been snapping stylish dressers for the past half century. A striking photograph of a striking ensemble, published in August 2000.

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‘The wider world perceives fashion as frivolity that should be done away with. The point is that fashion is the armour to survive the reality of everyday life. I don’t think you can do away with it. It would be like doing away with civilization.’  Bill Cunningham

‘The wider world perceives fashion as frivolity that should be done away with. The point is that fashion is the armour to survive the reality of everyday life. I don’t think you can do away with it. It would be like doing away with civilization.’ Bill Cunningham

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Isabella Blow stepping Out In Wild Spots of Fake Fur, December 17 1989 (but not published until December 2005) Photograph: Bill Cunningham/The New York Times

Isabella Blow stepping Out In Wild Spots of Fake Fur, December 17 1989 (but not published until December 2005) Photograph: Bill Cunningham/The New York Times

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Bill Cunningham, legendary fashion photographer for the NY Times l Anna Wintour opines in the moving film "Bill Cunningham New York" that "we all get dressed for Bill"

Bill Cunningham, legendary fashion photographer for the NY Times l Anna Wintour opines in the moving film "Bill Cunningham New York" that "we all get dressed for Bill"

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