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The Gloves That Danced the Night Away

Next February, the Victoria Art Gallery wants to bring the sounds, sights and delights of Toulouse-Lautrec’s thrilling Bohemian Paris life to modern day Bath with exciting events and activities for local people, community groups and visitors to the city.

9 August 2019

This one-off blockbuster UK show will revisit the ‘street art’ of the era, with over 80 vibrant and iconic colour posters made in the 1890s by Toulouse-Lautrec, Mucha, Steinlen and more. The Victoria Art Gallery needs £12,000 to make this happen. Please visit the Art Fund website to donate.

This week we’re supporting our sister museum’s campaign with our own piece of Parisian cabaret history: The Gloves That Danced the Night Away!

These cream kid leather gloves, by Alexandrine ca.1910s, are associated with entertainer Mistinguett.

Born Jeanne Bourgeois in 1875, Mistinguett was the star of the Moulin Rouge cabaret in Paris in the early 1900s and the highest paid female entertainer in the world. Her risqué routines and popularity meant that her legs, apparently, were insured for 500,000 francs in 1919.

Mistinguett went to Alexandrine, the leading French ‘gantier’, for her gloves. These shoulder-length gloves are printed with a grey mottled or camouflage effect, with scalloped edge. Très chic!  

 

Mistinguett’s gloves are part of The Glove Collection of the Worshipful Company of Glovers of London, on loan to the Fashion Museum and currently on display in Glove Stories from 2 March 2019 to 1 March 2020.