La loge des rats - Martial Lenoir (via Le Journal de la Photographie)
Dressed as a Carousel c.1919
Violet Trefusis, right, 1931
Le Monocle was a well-know lesbian bar located in Montmartre section of Paris, France that was open from the 1920s thru the early 1940s.
During the 1920s, Paris gained a reputation for the variety of its nighttime options and for its free and easy attitude toward life in general. As a result, many gay and lesbian nightclubs opened and flourished. Among these was Le Monocle, which is credited with being one of the first, and certainly the most famous of lesbian nightclubs. It was opened by Lulu de Montparnasse in the Montmartre area, which at that time was the main gathering place for Parisian lesbians who were often seen at Montmartre’s outdoor cafes or dancing at the Moulin Rouge. Le Monocle’s scene was describe by Florence Tamagne as, “All the women there dressed as men, in Tuxedos, and wore their hair in a bob.”
The name Le Monocle derived from a fad at the time where women who identified as lesbian would sport a monocle to indicate sexual preference. The writer Colette once obsevered the fad by describing women in the area as “…often affecting a monocle and a white carnation in the buttonhole.”
Doctor Who AU: The silent film version.
The Hour | Episode 3
Goddess Sappho design for Lesbian Pirates From Outer Space. Sappho was described in literature as “violet haired”, which I don’t think literally means purple hair, except this is outer space Sappho so she gets it. I had initially been thinking that the fashion should blend ancient Greece with American 1950’s, but decided to just go with the Greek aesthetic instead.
“What size cups do you have?”
Diana Ross as Josephine Baker, c1978