The photograph—sepia, faded—April 17, 1915.
A big gala of dancing in celebration of her first solo performance on the Roman rings at Chicago Coliseum. She wore this dress, looking more demure than she really was.
I wonder how she decided what to wear that night?
I imagine this elegant poly chiffon fabric floated irresistibly over her toned legs as she danced. Maybe that was it. Perhaps it was the feminine trims and lace that complimented her dare and strength.
Lillian Leitzel, classically educated in Breslau and Berlin, had the talent and grooming to be a concert pianist. Her mother, part of a famous European aerial act, ensured other ideas carried the day (and her future). Lillian picked this dress for a reason.
Lillian Leitzel Dress (No. 3983). Fully lined. Scoop neckline. Studs,
sequins, and crochet trims. Hem flounce with lace trim. Soft shirring
at sleeve caps. Sleeve opening with elastic creating soft shirring. Knee
Women's sizes: 2 through 18.
Length ranges from 38 1/2” to 41 1/4”. Varies by size.
Colors: Black and Ice Blue.
Care Instructions: Dry Clean Only.