Thursday, 11 December 2008

la photo du jour

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The Folies Bergère is a Parisian music hall which opened on 2 May 1869 and was at the height of its fame and popularity from the 1890s through the 1920s.

Shows featured elaborate costumes; the women's were frequently revealing, practically leaving them naked.

In 1926, Joséphine Baker, an African-American expatriate singer, dancer, and entertainer, became an overnight sensation at the Folies Bergère with her suggestive "banana dance", in which she wore a skirt made of bananas and little else.

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