What Street Style Looked Like In The 1960s! You HAVE To See These Bill Cunningham Shots

13 March 2014 by

These days fashion month is one big street style circus. The side walk is just as important as the catwalk. But ever wondered where street style began? What a killer street style shot looked like in the 1960s?

The New York Times' photographer Bill Cunningham is a fashion week institution, who saw the importance of street style way before the internet was even invented, let alone the blogosphere. In 1968 Bill Cunningham embarked on an eight year project to photograph over 500 vintage outfits on models throughout New York City. The exhibition entitled Facades is set to go on view at the New York Historical Society from tomorrow.

Fur hats, netted veiled beauties and feather plumed wide brim hats were all the rage with the ladies du jour. The long time photographer for the New York Times, who turns 85 this week (!) captured the front row-ers in vintage dresses, corseted gowns and Enlightenment-era coats against some of the city's landmarks. He also snapped the fashionistas in front of urban backdrops, including the Guggenheim Museum and a graffiti-covered subway train.

In 1960s it was all about statement hats, but what makes you explode on the street style blogs these days? Cult blogger Yvan Rodic, aka Face Hunter, told us: 'I look for something unique; personality; I don’t look for trends. I search out that combination of beauty and originality with a hint of soul. I like photographs to have something different.'

See what street style looked like in the 1960s in the gallery above...


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