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Barbara Stanwyck, Ziegfeld girl, photographed by Alfred Cheney Johnston, ca. 1924 by trialsanderrors, via Flickr

Barbara Stanwyck, Ziegfeld girl, photographed by Alfred Cheney Johnston, ca. 1924 by trialsanderrors, via Flickr

Erté's designs were deliciously exotic and outrageously impractical, which delighted both the working-class girls who worshipped his dresses from afar and the lavishly wealthy women who could afford to make him rich. His gowns were painstakingly hand-made with beads, fur trim, lace, sheer draperies, leather, and glittering embroidery.

Erté's designs were deliciously exotic and outrageously impractical, which delighted both the working-class girls who worshipped his dresses from afar and the lavishly wealthy women who could afford to make him rich. His gowns were painstakingly hand-made with beads, fur trim, lace, sheer draperies, leather, and glittering embroidery.

Lucille Ball as a Ziegfeld Girl

The Amazing, Famous, Ziegfeld Follies Girls of the 1900s