Gaby Deslys: the Modern Body, Fashion & Spectacle


Gaby Deslys photographed by Foulsham & Banfield. Foulsham & Banfield, published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd, © National Portrait Gallery, London.

Gaby Deslys was one of the most famous performers of the WWI era. Her unapologetic independence--and body-baring costumes--also made her one of the most controversial.

Additional Reading

  • Beaton, Cecil. The Glass of Fashion. London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1954.
  • Gardiner, James. Gaby Deslys: A Fatal Attraction. London: Sidgwick and Jackson Limited, 1986.
  • Schwietzer, Marlis. When Broadway Was the Runway: Theater, Fashion and American Culture. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009.