23 July 2008

Vintage Vaudeville

I've been digging through Flickr again looking at old photos for inspiration. It's quickly become one of my favorite pastimes. Today I was on a particular mission to find photos of Josephine Baker, the expatriate singer and entertainer famous for (among others things) being the first African-American female to star in a major motion picture. I've always admired the flapper inspired costumes she wore during her acts, even though most of them are far too theatrical for practical, every day wearing. I did find one great set of photos that contains images from throughout her career. As often happens in Flickr, one photo led to another and then another and before I knew it I was digging through yet another great set. This time I found myself flipping through photo after photo of vintage vaudeville performers and their wonderful costumes.


15 comments:

jayne said...

ooo those outfits are so fun, thanks!

Rosaline said...

I could easily see the leftmost dress in the fifth picture being remade by Miu Miu. It's really cute!

Anthea said...

Wow gorgeous post. Love the head wear. Very unique and inspiring :)

emily said...

this is a really inspiring post! and very different from a lot of other inspiration posts out there.
also, i made part one of my video!

Lady Melbourne said...

Josephine Baker is a dream and these photos prove it!
Wonderful, I love your selection.
You have a cute assistant too!

AlicePleasance said...

Love Josephine Baker! Her legs are legend!
Great photos :-)

Hailey @ stylesymmetry.com said...

Fabulous photos, could you imagine living in that era? Wild! Thanks so much for posting.

Sally Jane said...

Thanks for all of your comments!

rosaline: I agree! That dress reminds me of the current Miu Miu looks as well.

christina said...

I'm in love with the first photo. The bobby socks, the shorts and loose top, and her face is so charming too!

StrikeMatch said...

I really do love vaudeville style. It's all frothy and sparkly and fun!

Anonymous said...

i am a major fan of josephine baker...she is such an inspiration in so many different ways...from her style to her acievements in life and even her love for children of all different nationalities

emma said...

i wanted a banana skirt after i saw her

DeSmitten said...

i love old photos like these! I have a whole wall in my bedroom full of framed photos from the 1920's

Anonymous said...

thanks for recognizing a great like ms. baker. she is stunning.

Anonymous said...

hi,i'm a singapore fan reader of yours!i really enjoy reading ur entries!btw,which century was Josephine Baker at?i need to find those type of clothings of those singers and entertainers was wearing at that time!hope you help!