L a - b e a u t é - s a u v e r a - l e - m o n d e ~ D o s t o ï e v s k i

L a - b e a u t é - s a u v e r a - l e - m o n d e  ~  D o s t o ï e v s k i

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Ridiculous Allure - costumes for stage or soirée

Silent film actress Aileen Pringle, as Zara in "The Mystic", costumed by Erté, 1925.
"Ziegfeld model".
Margaret Morris, British dancer, choreographer and teacher.
The marchesa Casati, dressed as "Light" for a Paris ball, costume by Worth, 1922.
Piroska "Zita" Gellért, of the dancing duo, the Gellért Sisters, 1924.
One of the showgirls from MGM's "The Great Ziegfeld", costume by Adrian, 1936.
Dancer Nina Payne.
Martha Pierre as "Candlelight", photograph by Alfred Cheney Johnston, 1921.
Dancer Maria Ley, Vienna, 1926.
Mlle. Fouguet of the Folies Bergère, circa 1925.
Yvonne Gregory (herself a photographer), photographed by her husband Bertram Park, 1919.
Backstage at the Viennese revue "Alles aus Liebe", 1928.


Other than those identified, I don't have any information on the ladies - and gentleman - pictured here. Let me know if you can give anyone a name or context.


  1. Absolutely Fanatastic: We share an interest in this era, Stephen.
    My father danced in burlesque and vaudeville and spent his youth in Paris hanging around with showgirls from the Folies Bergere, nights at Maxim's. He married three before he finally met my mother. I adore looking at the old programs he collected, the Erte costumes and sets he collected. These photos you've posted are amazing!

    1. Glad you enjoyed this, Alice. Thank you! Your father sounds like he was quite the fellow; sounds like someone you should write about...?

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    1. Hmm, is that something you should be able to do, normally. Hopefully just a temporary glitch.

  3. Now I know where Cirque du Soliel gets ideas for their costumes.