Thursday, February 17, 2011

Ziegfeld Follies

"Fred Astaire: Here's to the beautiful ladies, Here's to those wonderful girls, Adele's and Molly's, Lucille's and Polly's. You'll find them all at the Ziegfeld Follies."

 Cyd Charisse in the 1945 Hollywood musical ~ Ziegfeld Follies

Bonjour chéris! I just finished watching that amazing movie Ziegfeld Follies. I am still trying to catch my breath! The costumes, the dance routines, the stars...Oh my!

Dolores Costello ~ Ziegfeld Girl

 The Ziegfeld Follies were a series of elaborate theatrical productions, inspired by the Folies Bergéres of Paris, on Broadway in from 1907 through 1931.

Ziegfeld Girl

The Follies were extremely lavish revues that included many of the days most popular performers. The Follies may have been most known for the beautiful girls that graced the stage.

 Lilyan Tashman ~ Ziegfeld Girl

These girls were known for always being decked out in the most elaborate and beautiful costumes. The costumes were often made by designers such as Erté, Lady Duff Gordon, and Ben Ali Haggi. The next morning the talk of New York would always be the ensembles.

The glorious Louise Brooks ~ She was a featured dancer for the Follies in 1925

I love that the movie includes some actual numbers from the original Follies shows on Broadway and showcases so many of Hollywood's brightest stars of the time. It is such an over the top spectacle that it just makes you feel like dancing!

Stay tuned for an incredible giveaway in the next few weeks and a post about my first trip to an auction & the goodies I brought home. I can't wait!
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  1. That's the wardrobe for me! I would love a feather cap (with rhinestones!) like the one in the last photo. What color, though? Can't wait to see your auction goodies. Aren't auctions fun?
    Catherine xx

  2. Judith,

    I actually attended a show at the Moulin Rouge a few years back hoping to see such luxurious costumes but was so disappointed. As people say, it was more like a cruise ship show-not very theatrical and lacked what the former Follies presented.
    Thank you for sharing this film. I will have to watch it.

  3. Love the gorgeous black lace in the third image. ANxious to see all your goodies!
    Bon weekend,

  4. AMAZING costumes!!! It makes me want to but something crazy beautiful!!
    Best, Connie

  5. How glamorous! Love the last jeweled and feathered creation!!! xo

  6. Absolutely gorgeous post!
    Love these costumes!


  7. P.S. Fabulous news, darling!
    You are the winner of my $50 Gift Certificate Giveaway!
    Just email me at for details!



  8. Ooooh was the last an Erte I wonder. Cyd was always such a beauty to me!

    Art by Karena

  9. I've got to see that! Pictures are amazing!!!!!Maryanne:)

  10. Your site is lovely and these photos are amazing!! Where are they from, do you sell photos? I would love to put some in pretty frames and put them in my dressing room. Thank you


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