Monday, September 18, 2006

josephine baker

now up:
  • josephine baker (1906 - 1975) : American born; naturalized French citizen: a performer best known for starring roles at the Folies-Bergère and Ziegfeld Follies in the 1920s and 1930s. She performed in floor shows, revues, operettas, and films as a singer as a comedienne, actress, and, especially, as a dancer. She is best known for two of her exotic dances: her "jungle" dance where she wore nothing but a string of bananas around her waist and another where she wore only a skirt of feathers entitled 'La Danse de Sauvage' but was actually the Charleston . . . click here for a longer biographical sketch.
coming soon:
  • josephine baker & project runway designers


3b3g said...

I've heard the name. I wanna say she was back in the 20's or 30's or something wasn't she? Maybe it's because that era of clothes is making its way back into fashion. Some of the clothes it inspires are really kinda pretty.
As for Josephine Baker, I don't know.


bungle said...

Hi Kora!

I found your blog through a link on the PRGay's blog. Long story short, thanks for doing all the leg work by answering some questions that popped up from watching PR. Yeah, I know, how lazy could I be... I have britannica on the 'puter and even I can operate a search engine but you put it all in one convienient place!
Like what, you ask?
Errrm... Josephine Baker? DIDn't get that reference from Laura, among others. And of course you provide your own commentary which, at least to my fashion untrained eye, looks worth perusing some more.

trixie b said...

hey thanks for checking this out!!
In a few days I should have a lot more up -- on the flapper style, on the "folies" and looking at what malan and laura are doing in terms of early 20th century fashion. (I think Laura mentioned Josephine Baker with her black and white cocktail dress. Which, though lovely, had nothing to do with Baker.)