Monday, April 14, 2014

La Mystique Féminine


Vintage Showgirl on Don Juan's Reckless Daughter


If you've spent much time here at DJRD then you've probably noticed that I am a sucker for vintage color photography and could spend hours (and probably have) scouring the archives of places like LIFE magazine.  Here is another batch reminiscent of the circus photos I posted many many moons ago. This time it’s New York showgirls from 1958 and they are so lovely they make me want to cry a little.    


Vintage Showgirls on Don Juan's Reckless Daughter


Vintage Showgirls on Don Juan's Reckless Daughter
                

1950s Showgirl on stage


vintage showgirls on don juan's reckless daughter


It's interesting when you think about how taboo being a showgirl must have been, what with the conventional, almost virginal, 1950s ethos.  That said, this was the very tail-end of all of that and not many years later America would be in the thralls of an all out sexual revolution. Clearly, all was not as clean-cut as we have been lead to believe!   



                           


    Life Magazine Vintage Showgirls


                          Vintage Showgirl on Don Juan's Reckless Daughter


I also can’t help but wonder... where on earth did all of these costumes go?!??!


Vintage Showgirl on Don Juan's Reckless Daughter


photos from  
GORDON PARKS’ NIGHTCLUB PORTRAITS / Life Magazine 
“Without the Girls, Show Biz Is No Biz"







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