Dress-down Friday: Loie Fuller

Loie volcano

Heat gotcha down? Allow me to propose something light for the start of the (Northern) summer. Here we have American dancer Loie Fuller, who wowed Belle Époque Paris with her hypnotic twirling under dazzling coloured lights. She’s here to demonstrate how you can keep yourself and anyone within a 50-metre radius cool using just a few simple dance steps and a hectare of tulle (not suitable for: escalators, public transport, step class). Take it away, Loie:

Loie yellow

Loie brown

Loie blue  Loie butterfly

Loie green

Loie parachute disaster

Loie orange

  Loie park

Loie pink

Loie tornado



  1. Marcia Ewing-Current

    Great pictures. As a recognized Loie afficionado (my husband and I wrote the only biography of Loie), I want to point out that some of these pictures are not of Loie, but of Loie imitators who copied her movesand of members of her dance troop.. I think it’s great that you have so many and think it makes no difference about who is dancing. Rather that this style of dancing which was quite wearing on the dancer was begun by Loie Fuller. She always lied about her age by ten years, so she was no twenty-year old in any of these pictures. She was actually born in 1862.

  2. violet shears

    So much enjoyment from these mailings, much appreciated.

  3. Love her! I just had a flip through her autobiography, and the original serpentine dress left much to be desired. I would like to have been there when the idea of “Oh, I know, let’s add about 30 more feet of tulle to this!” came about.

    And her “companion” was all kinds of cute. But I digress.

  4. James

    There is film of her dancing at the Art Nouveau exhibition currently showing at the Pinacotheque in Paris, along with a few objets d’art inspired by her.

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