Exhibit explores the beauty, artistry and extravagance of legendary ‘Folies Bergère’

Folies Bergère arrived direct from Paris to the Tropicana Las Vegas stage in December 1959 and ran for nearly 50 years before closing in March 2009. Through the years, Las Vegas’ longest-running Parisian cabaret show mesmerized audiences with its variety of classic music hall performances, including the world-famous cancan dance and the mystical showgirls. Folies Bergère was a dazzling spectacle that up through its final performance captured the glamour and fantasy of top-class Las Vegas entertainment.  

The Las Vegas News Bureau, in partnership with the Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas, created an exhibition that explores the beauty, artistry and extravagance of the legendary Folies Bergère.

Folies Bergère: Entertaining Las Vegas, One Rhinestone at a Time is now open through Jan. 27, 2019, at the Clark County Library, 1401 E Flamingo Road.

Groundbreaking from its inception, Folies Bergère ushered in a new era to modern-day Las Vegas, introducing audiences to a never-before-seen provocative and enticing Las Vegas entertainment experience. In the exhibit, the legacy of the production will be interpreted via photographs, costumes and personal narratives of those individuals who brought life to the show. The Las Vegas News Bureau and the Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas, have provided rarely seen photographs and spectacular stage costumes from their respective archives. Costumes in the exhibit were curated by Karan Feder, guest curator of costume and textiles at the Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas.



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