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Folies Bergere 1930s Art Deco Showgirls Dancers Chorus Girls Vintage Poster Print

A rare Art Deco French bronze figure by Marcel-Andre Bouraine, circa 1925, "cubist dancer".

A classic French art deco spelter figure by Gilbert 1930s.

A rare art deco spelter lamp, circa 1920's, France "Temple Dancer" by Limousin

Edgar Degas - Blue Dancers 1893 at Musée d'Orsay Paris

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Suit, Hubert de Givenchy, Paris, France: 1955, wool with moiré silk panels in the skirt. "This ensemble was designed by the Parisian couturier Hubert de Givenchy (b. 1927) for Leslie Caron (b. 1931), the French film actress and dancer. It was made for a play called 'Orvet' by Jean Renoir, who was Caron's great friend and mentor. He wrote it for her, and also directed it. It was first performed at the Theatre de la Renaissance, Paris, on 12 March 1955."

George Barbier (1882-1932) - French Art Deco Fashion Illustrator - dancers

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A brief history of lace

"I have stolen your granny's net curtains, and I won't give them back!" - verbatim quote from this dancer at the Moulin Rouge in Paris in 1926. Photograph: Rahma/Hulton Archive/Getty Images.

Dancers from the Frankfurt Ballet in Pleats designed by Issey Miyake, 1991. Scan from Issey Miyake: Making Things.