For some, the connection between millinery and photography may be hard to see, but for Bill Cunningham it goes hand-in-hand – it’s all art. Now, the legendary street-style photographer can be seen bicycling through the streets of New York catching moments in fashion on icons such as Anna Wintour. But it wasn’t that long ago that he had another hobby of taking the craft of hatmaking and turning it into a completely new art form. His approach to millinery also revealed his is eye for photography, as he captured the “wonderful, freeing, relaxing experience” hatmaking had in his life.
We love Cunningham’s vision that millinery isn’t only about making a hat, it’s about creating art. And now people can own pieces of his art, as vintage fashion dealer Katy Kane has started selling the vintage hats last week on 1stdibs.com. For those who don’t see themselves as hat-wearers just yet, Bill Cunningham New York (The Habit previously wrote about) dabbles into further insight of Cunningham as a hatmaker, as well as a video created by The New York Times, and Cunningham describing his hats in more detail. As expected, Cunningham’s hats are beautifully photographed by no one other than himself.