A Lenci Dolls Collector article--for
Lenci doll collectors
Celebrity Favorites: Josephine Baker
Josephine Baker became a major celebrity in the 1920?s. Having left the U.S.A. in 1925 for a more open-minded France, she became an overnight sensation at the Paris, in her famous skirt made of bananas.
Famous for her uninhibited and daring performances, even appearing with a pet cheetah,and singing and dancing in little more than a feather skirt in the Danse Souvage, she epitomizes the new spirit of freedom and liberation of the 20's era. She made popular recordings of her songs and starred in two films "Zouzou" and "Princess Tam Tam".
Josephine Baker became a symbol for sexual liberation in the roaring 20s and 30s. She epitomized the radical, outrageous and controversial with her own brand of style and chic.
Ahead of her time, she was the most photographed woman in the world, and became the highest paid entertainer in Europe.
.. (continued below)
2. Josephine Baker poster 1927
1. Josephine Baker
Star of the 20's and 30's
From Youtube.com: A short clip of Josephine Baker performing her "Danse Sauvage" in the "Revue N?gre".
Elena Scavini had seen Josephine Baker in Paris and decided to add a Josephine Baker doll to her doll collection for 1926. Below we can see an example of the product, an all-felt Lenci doll, 47cm - 18 1/2 in, dressed in the famous banana skirt, with specially fashioned accessories, in a Josephine Baker style pose, together with the original pictures from the Lenci 1926 catalog, (images 3 - 5).
3. Josephine Baker doll in the Lenci catalog for 1926
4 & 5.Josephine Baker doll on the left (Source: Lenci Dolls, M Tosa) and right, as seen in the original lenci catalog of 1926 (Source: Lenci Torino catalog 1926, Private collection)
5. Josephine Baker Original poster (private collection)
Josephine Baker sings "Haiti" in the 1934 film, ZOU ZOU
?2006 The Lenci Doll Collector.
All USA and International Rights Reserved. No portion of this web site or
its contents may be copied or used without express written permission.