Apr 23, 2014
Apr 23, 2014

Young Couple Wearing a Two-in-One Suit at the Bal de la Montagne Sainte-Geneviève

Young Couple Wearing a Two-in-One Suit at the Bal de la Montagne Sainte-Geneviève

c. 1931 (printed mid-1950s)


(French, 1899-1984)

Gelatin silver print, ferrotyped

Image: 29.8 x 22.1 cm (11 3/4 x 8 11/16 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 2007.40



Brassaï wrote about attending one of the large drag balls held in Paris and attended by people of every class, race, and age: "Every entrance and every costume gave rise to shrieks of surprise, cries of astonishment, of joy. . . . Two young men wrapped in each other’s arms had to demonstrate the perfect union of their souls, their bodies-dressed in a singlesuit: one was wearing the jacket, with his legs and buttocks naked; the other wore the pants, his torso and feet bare, since he had given his boyfriend the only pair of shoes."

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