Bootlegger’S Ball

Bootleggers ball!

Bootleggers ball!

Photographers featured on this page are:

Samantha Maide Photography

Larissa Marie Photography

Larissa Marie Photography

Chrystal Chartier-Wittenmyer

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Prohibition-the passage of the 18th Amendment to the Constitution in 1919. The selling, creating, and moving of alcoholic beverages was made illegal in the U.S. Intended to lessen the “evils” of alcohol, but this created new problems -organized crime escalated, and notorious names such as Al Capone appeared. Thus we get the Gangsters Everyone wants to be for a 1920s party. Here our “gangsters” apear with vintage Model A Fords, complete with vintage beer barrels.

The flappers pictured feature fringed gowns, with feather & beaded headpeices-typical for the era. The burgany velvet gown with cape shown is vintage.

Our dapper Gentlemen are wearing richly textured ensembles. Rather than tuxes for our Bootleggers- we chose a fabulous suit, and a layered look with a brown shoe.The burgandy silk velvet gown with an appliqued cape shown is vintage.

The dance that epitomizes the 1920’s is the Charleston. The Charleston was introduced to the public in the Ziegfield Follies of 1923 by the all black cast Afro-American Broadway musical “Running Wild”, and became so popular that even today, it is still a symbol for the 1920s Jazz Age. The Charleston is characterized by outward heel kicks combined with an up and down movement achieved by bending and straightening the knees in time to the music. Flappers with their knock knees, crossing hands, and flying beads danced the Charleston, and a dance called the “Black Bottom”, first introduced in a 1926 Broadway production. Within the year, the dance swept not only America, but the entire world.

The overwhelming popularity of the Charleston inspired choreographers and dance teachers to fabricate and promote several new fad dances to a public hungry for novelty. A new style of Blues Dancing also developed to fit the disreputable atmosphere of the speakeasy. It seemed as if the good times would never end, however the prosperity and optimism of the 20’s came to a halt with the Stock Market crash on Black Monday in September of 1929