The most famous fancy dress party of the 1910s was held in Paris by the legendary designer Paul Poiret of the night June 24, 1911. Called “The Thousand and Second Night” and themed on One Thousand and One Nights, costumes were not only encouraged, but required. If guest arrived un-costumed, or Poiret determined their costumes did not fully support the party’s theme, they could choose to don a costume designed by Poiret or were asked to leave.
Most of the women’s costumes Poiret designed for the event, including the one pictured, featured scandalous harem pants, something that would influence mainstream fashion to introduce the hobble skirt soon afterward.
Buster Keaton, silent film star with a heyday in the 1920’s. Known for writing and directing his own films, doing death-defying stunts that would decades later inspire Jackie Chan, and never changing his facial expression on camera.
Once broke his neck on a shoot and didn’t find out until years later when he was x-rayed for a different accident. He had wondered why his headaches were so bad.
Notable films: The General, Sherlock Jr., Steamboat Bill Jr.