Sunday, 17 June 2012

20th Century fashion 1900 to 1919

Icon: Irene Castle
Name: Irene Foote
Born: 17th April 1893
          New Rochelle,                   New York
Died: 25 January 1969

  • Vernon and Irene Castle were a husband and wife team of ballroom dancers of the early 20th century.
  • Irene Castle who popularized the bob in 1914 when she cut her own hair in advance of electivee surgery.
  • They also helped to popularize the foxtrot, ragtime, jazz rhythms and African-American music.
  • Afterr serving with distinction as a pilot in World War 1, Vernon died in a civilian plane crash in 1918.
  • Irene continued to perform and made silent films over the  next decade.
  • She remarried, had children and became an animal-rights activist in 1939
  • Her life with Vernon was dramatized in The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle.

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