"She was dressed in the costume of an Egyptian snake-charmer: her tawny hair was braided and drawn through brass rings, the effect crowned with a glittering Oriental tiara. Her fair face was stained to a warm olive glow and on her arms and the half
moon of her back writhed painted serpents with single eyes of venomous green. Her feet were in sandals and her skirt was slit to the knees, so that when she walked one caught a glimpse of other slim serpents painted just above her bare ankles. Wound about her neck was a glittering cobra. Altogether a charming costume--one that caused the more nervous among the older women to shrink away from her when she passed, and the more troublesome ones to make great talk about "shouldn't be allowed" and "perfectly disgraceful.""
How fabulous! I do always approve of sparkle, and body-paint snakes sounds pretty cool.
|A 1920s postcard|
|1920s gold core bracelet|
|1920s mesh snake bracelet, Whiting and Davis|
|1835-1840 necklace, Victoria and Albert Museum|
|harem suit, 1919|
|harem skirt design, 1927|
|harem dress, 1920s|