Bill Cunningham Was There: Spring Flings + Summer Soirées
Written by Steven Stolman and John Kurdewan, Photographed by Bill Cunningham, Foreword by Ruben Toledo
Celebrate Bill Cunningham—the iconic New York Times photographer who chronicled society and fashion—with his images of the vibrant events of spring and summer.
Bill Cunningham (1929-2016) embraced the colors, carefree beauty, and escapism of spring outings and summer parties as both a photographer and an astute fashion documentarian. His camera captured the showstopping hats and dresses worn by society ladies at the annual Central Park Conservancy luncheons, the gorgeous gowns sweeping the dance floors of tented galas in Newport and the Hamptons, and the authentic vintage outfits sported by young attendees at summertime jazz and swing-dance festivals. For decades, Cunningham's two weekly columns for the Times remained at the top of every fashionista's go-to list, presenting not only a comprehensive chronicle of the looks of the day but also an insider's view of the glamorous parties and philanthropic events that are part of the social whirl. This celebration of Cunningham's genius for capturing magical moments with extraordinary style provides a heartfelt insiders' tribute to one of photojournalism's greatest legends.
About The Author
John Kurdewan served as Bill Cunningham's right-hand man, professionally and personally, for more than a decade. He continues to work as a production artist at The New York Times. Steven Stolman is a Palm Beach-based author and designer. He has contributed to such publications as Town & Country, Elle Decor, and Architectural Digest. Ruben Toledo is a Cuban-American artist. His late wife was the celebrated designer Isabel Toledo. Together, they formed one of fashion's most luminous couples.