Persian Dancing Girl

Glass slide depicting a woman wearing a red dress and feathered hat. The text on the glass slide says 'Persian dancing girl'.
Persian Dancing Girl
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A woman dances wearing a red dress and feathered hat. This image presents a fantasy of what women can look like with the waist enhancement performed by a tightly-laced corset or similar garment. The woman displays other conventional ideas of feminine beauty including a demure look, long hair and tiny feet. This hand-coloured glass slide would most likely have been used in training Berlei fitters. 

It was manufactured by Linton Bros, 61 Market Street, Sydney. At the time it was relatively rare for glass slides to be manufactured in Australia.

Notes by Beth Taylor