The Edwardian Bill Cunningham

By Manolo the Shoeblogger

Edwardian Street Fashion

Manolo says, from the Best Newspaper in the World, comes the remarkable series of photographs, taken by Edward Linley Sambourne, the turn of the last century photographer who seems to have pioneered street fashion photography.

Street blogging may be considered to be a modern phenomenon, but a series of images unearthed by Kensington and Chelsea Libraries prove that the practice may date as far back as the early 1900’s.

The Library service has published several wonderful images by the late amateur photographer Edward Linley Sambourne, who was also the chief cartoonist for Punch, which give an amazing insight into the street style of the woman of London and Paris over a century ago.

Sambourne’s beautiful street photography captures the casual side of Edwardian fashion in a manner which is rarely seen

As the Manolo says, the photographs, taken in London and Paris in the first decade of the 20th Century are remarkable in their unstudied candor and casualness.

Edwardian Street Fashion

Look, she has the bicycle, just like in the Sartorialist!

Edwardian Street Fashion

Ayyy! Careful, young lady! You will get run over by the omnibus!

And now, the Manolo commands, you must go see all of the photos at the Daily Mail.

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4 Responses to “The Edwardian Bill Cunningham”




  1. Dana Says:

    As an aside, Netflix has a great documentary on Bill Cunningham. Any fan of fashion, photography, or the human condition in general would find it to be a very interesting film.




  2. Nancy Says:

    Those pictures are beyond wonderful! Thank you dear Manolo for the link! Now: where can we get the hats?




  3. Dawn Says:

    The writer is wrong on one thing: the shorter skirts seen in some images were not ‘stylish’; they were reliable indicators of age. Small children wore shorter skirts. If a girl has a skirt at below knee level, but not full length, she is likely to be 13-15.




  4. long island Says:

    This may amuses. I had clicked over to the Daily Mail as the Manolo had instructed. As I was looking at the street fashion of the Edwardian age my 20 year old son came up behind me and said, “Did Bill Cunnigham take those photos too?”













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