Bal des femmes  

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This page Bal des femmes is part of the queer series.Illustration: Toulouse-Lautrec wearing Jane Avril's Feathered Hat and Boa (ca. 1892), photo Maurice Guibert.
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Illustration: Toulouse-Lautrec wearing Jane Avril's Feathered Hat and Boa (ca. 1892), photo Maurice Guibert.

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The bal des femmes ('Women’s ball’) was a ball that was held on March 19, 1892 by the Le Courrier français at the Élysée Montmartre. Every man was supposed to come dressed as a woman. It was on this occasion that French artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec dressed in Jane Avril’s clothes[1].

Raoul Ponchon wrote a poem about the event: "le bal des femmes".

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