Bill Cunningham for Kids: Meet Masha D'yans (PRINCE STREET)

Just in time for Fashion Week, we're thrilled to help launch the stunning new picture book biography of Bill Cunningham, iconic New York Times fashion photographer who embraced street fashion as an art of self-expression and elevated candid photography through honesty, wit, and daring. Polka Dot Parade: A Book About Bill Cunningham, written by Deborah Blumenthal and illustrated by Masha D'yans, is a glorious, immersive introduction to Bill Cunningham, his life, and the exciting innovation of his work. With the perfect balance of insight and wonder, Blumenthal recreates Bill's evolution from brilliant milliner to fashion journalist to world-renowned New York Times fashion and "street art photographer." Blumenthal portrays Bill's sense of discovery through kinetic, passionate language: "He found 'sheer poetry'/in the drape of an evening dress/delight/in the swoosh of a knife-pleated skirt/and sartorial splendor/in Jazz Age garb." Masha D'yans's brilliant watercolors and exuberant, sweeping figures reveal the drama, surprise, and range of Bill's vision. Through her own exceptional artistry, Masha translates Bill's dynamic visual vocabulary and beckons us to share the "parade" Bill Cunningham revealed through his extraordinary  photography. Kids and adults can meet Masha D'yans at our Prince Street McNally Jackson on Saturday, Sept. 15th, at 11:30 a.m. She'll read Polka Dot Parade, then help boys and girls create paper doll models (with balloon heads!) and invent their own "street art" fashions. Hosted by Yvonne Brooks. All ages welcome. Free.