I've been quite obsessed lately with the sweetly feminine styles worn by the dancers in old musicals, especially Busby Berkeley musicals from the early 1930's. The amazing stage costumes have always melted my heart but I think I may adore the outfits worn for rehearsals just a tiny bit more: high waisted tap pants, blouses with peter pan or ruffled collars, short socks with maryjanes... too good! Adorable Ruby Keeler (in the center above) pulled off this look better than anyone in musicals like Footlight Parade, 42nd Street, and Dames. Sometimes I'm quite tempted to chop off my scraggly locks (gasp!), curl 'em up, and tap dance my way down the sidewalks of San Francisco like nobody's watching.
Two early 1940's babes with ready-to-dance style.
The best costumes ever, from Footlight Parade.
Film images from the amazing Valentino Vamp.