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Classic Nudes – Ziegfeld Girl by Alfred Cheney Johnston

| August 3, 2012

Another of Alfred Cheney Johnston’s rightfully famous Ziegfeld Girls photos, don’t believe I’ve posted this one before. For those new to this series – or the Girls in general – here’s a little general info & eye candy.

Many other Ziegfeld Girls nude (both by Alfred Cheney Johnston & other photographers) can be found in the collection at Deltaofvenus.com.

Vintage Nudes - Ziegfeld Girl - Alfred Cheney Johnston

Ziegfeld Girl – Dancer With Braids – Alfred Cheney Johnston

| February 4, 2012

Another lovely Ziegfeld Girl from the elegant lens of photographer Alfred Cheney Johnston, early 1920s. Beautiful! More can be found in this collection of antique nudes, naked Ziegfeld girls and otherwise.

Ziegfeld Girl, Vintage Nude Dancer - Alfred Cheney Johnston

The Ziegfeld Girls – Vintage Nudes by Alfred Cheney Johnston

| September 14, 2011

In 1907 Florenz Ziegfeld debuted his Ziegfeld Follies, an elaborate Broadway production that was part vaudeville, part theatrical variety show, and part chorus girl revue. The show itself was massively popular, had a long run of success (until 1931), and featured many famous performers of the era: W.C. Fields, Ed Wynn, and Will Rogers, to name just a few.

Ziegfeld girls, 1920s vintage nudes - Alfred Cheney Johnston

But the most enduring image from the show was the inimitable Ziegfeld Girl, dancers in Ziegfeld’s famous chorus line. These days they’re best known from Alfred Cheney Johnston’s excellent nude photographs taken throughout the 1920s. It’s an unmistakable style – elegant yet with an undercurrent of kitsch, ornate yet spartan, and meticulously composed without losing a sense of spontaneity in both pose and expression. And naked!

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Costumes were created by the designer and illustrator Erté – heavy on the Art Deco look, alternately elaborate and scanty but more frequently both. The Ziegfeld Girls themselves were quite lovely, kind of a mixture of the “modern” flapper and classical nudes of the 1800s. IMO some of the more beautiful and distinctive nude photographs of the 20th century…

These images courtesy of this quite splendid vintage erotica collection.

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