I have a ton of costumes in my inventory. I love period pieces and such, so I thought in the spirit of Halloween, I'd do a series of portraits with these costumes. :o)
The history of showgirls is probably quite ancient, as some form of dancing girl can be found in almost every culture imaginable. However, showgirls in their modern form really started to rise in the 1800s, when women performed in elaborate performances which were designed to showcase ludicrous costumes along with singing and dancing skills. Some of these performances were also quite risque for the time, with showgirls revealing a bit more leg than women in more polite society would have dared.
Several venues in Paris have become famous for their showgirls, perhaps most notably the Moulin Rouge. Las Vegas showgirls became a major attraction in the 1950s, when clubs started vying to outdo each other with elaborate performances featuring famous headliners. The rise of the monstrously large headdress also appears to have occurred in Vegas, as part of the overall trend towards making shows as lavish and memorable as possible.