One of my all-time favorite musical scenes that inspired my carousel horse #burlesque show @catherinedlish and I created in 2002. The neo-burlesque scene wasn’t what it was now; I got all my inspiration from vintage photos in books and from obsessing over film scenes like this one. Catherine made the costume with an unheard of amount of pink aurora borealis @Swarovski crystal and three shades of pink feathers, and we made the carousel horse prop ourselves– two of them, in fact, because the original one was stolen about ten years ago and was never found. Thanks to @lydia1940s for posting this fantastic scene for us to enjoy.
Ziegfeld Follies is a 1946 American musical comedy film released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and directed by Lemuel Ayers, Roy Del Ruth, Robert Lewis, Vincente Minnelli, Merrill Pye, George Sidney and Charles Walters. It stars many of MGM leading talents, including Fred Astaire, Lucille Ball, Lucille Bremer, Fanny Brice (the only member of the ensemble who was a star of the original Follies), Judy Garland, Kathryn Grayson, Lena Horne, Gene Kelly, James Melton, Victor Moore, William Powell, Red Skelton, and Esther Williams.
Producer Arthur Freed wanted to create a film along the lines of the Ziegfeld Follies Broadway shows and so the film is composed of a sequence of unrelated lavish musical numbers and comedy sketches. Filmed in 1944, ‘45 and '46, it was released in 1946, to considerable critical and box-office success. *wiki #zeigfeldfollies #lucilleball
So I hacked up an old calculator circuit board and put it in a setting and glued a few aurora borealis Swarovski crystals to the parts where the green had flaked off and covered the whole thing with gloss varnish and made it into a necklace. It’s pretty roughly cut, but I’d had this project planned for at least a year, so I’m happy it’s finally done.