There is so much to see on the internet nowadays its hard to find something really striking (Kim K, ahem), but one of my favorite vintage vendors, Wildfell Hall, posted a link to this story on Mashable the other day and it literally took my breath away: the earliest street style photography at the Longchamp races from 1910-1920. There is so much beautiful fashion in this story it will make your mouth water. I also love the beautiful, candid black and white photography which seems like a rare thing from those early days of photography. No posing or carefully arranged garments, just a captured moment, sometimes with a smile for the camera, but more often than not those photographed were absorbed in the moment, talking with friends, standing on a chair to get a better view of the races or taking a rest. It is what the best street style aspires to be even today. I imagine Bill Cunningham would be very pleased indeed.
You can see the entire story on Mashable here I’ve posted a few of my favorite shots in this post, but every picture is completely amazing on its own. I hope you enjoy this story as much as I did!