Bill Cunningham New York is a fascinating documentary about one of the world’s leading street-style photographers. Cunningham has been photographing the sartorial inventions of New York’s most fashionable citizens — both famous and ordinary — for his weekly New York Times “On the Street” feature for over 30 years. Cunningham’s style of street-fashion photography has caught on in style-conscious cities where camera-toting fashionistas are scouting their streets to photographing the most stylish citizens from prepsters to punks.
Just as the best street style always has a strong DIY aesthetic, we think the best street fashion books do too. Here are a few of our favorite street fashion books by Blurbarians the world over:
Street Threads is the work of Ariel Soto, and by extension the dandy denizens of San Francisco, Blurb’s hometown. She has a keen eye for style in a city known for the necessity of dressing in layers.
Sheffield is a city usually better known for its steel than its style, but Michael Brazier captures perfectly the many modes of dress from this industrial town in Northern England (which incidentally has given birth to bands like Pulp and the Arctic Monkeys).
Tokyo, and in particular the shopping district of Shibuya, is a hotbed for youth-driven fashion experimentation. Photographer Mark Wigan’s portraits of Japan’s hippest youth give even the popular two-volume Fruits a run for its money.
We could go on, but you can check out more books on street fashion in the Blurb Bookstore. Better yet, you can grab your camera and start building your own visual encyclopedia of style.