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Bill Cunningham's Iconic Bicycle & Jacket to Join the New-York Historical Society

Bill Cunningham's Iconic Bicycle & Jacket to Join the New-York Historical Society

The street style photographer's trademarks are part of a larger permanent collection. 

Bill Cunningham, the street style pioneer and longtime New York Times photographer who died last year at 87, will be honored this spring by the New-York Historical Society. Known for riding around NYC on his Biria bicycle—Nikon camera in-hand—while wearing a blue French worker's jacket, Cunningham's signature pieces have all been donated by his former assistant and personal friend, according to the New York Times

Cunningham's trademarks are part of a larger permanent collection, which features a library of more than 200 of his books, photographs and notes, alongside his feather collection, millinery supplies and tools. "It is with great pride that the New-York Historical Society becomes the new home for his earthly belongings," said Louise Mirrer, the Historical Society's president, adding that their collection dates back to Cunningham's first donation of 88 gelatin silver photographs. 

Related | Bill Cunningham Might Get a Street Corner Named After Him

This news follows the announcement that Cunningham's 50-year career would be commemorated with NYC renaming the corner of 57th Street and 5th Avenue—his favorite shooting spot, frequently referred to as, "Bill Cunningham Corner."

Further details regarding the Historical Society's forthcoming Cunningham exhibit and official launch date have yet to be announced. 

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