What’s a Impersonation Party?

 Impersonation Party, 1927: Among the revellers are Cecil Beaton (back left), Tallulah Bankhead (front right), Elizabeth Ponsonby (in black hat), and (front row left) Stephen Tennant as Queen Marie of Romania

Impersonation Party, 1927: Among the revellers are Cecil Beaton (back left), Tallulah Bankhead (front right), Elizabeth Ponsonby (in black hat), and (front row left) Stephen Tennant as Queen Marie of Romania

One thing the Bright Young Things and the Lost Generation of Paris enjoyed during the 20’s and early 30’s were Impersonation Parties. I know the Save-the-Date only said Fancy dress but an Impersonation Party is a form of fancy dress.  The invitation will obviously have more on the subject but I wanted to just touch a little since many people are already selecting their personalities for the Cabaret event. 

My idea was to make the whole event a fancy (costume) dress affair, with guest dressing up in personalities or characters from the 1920’s and 1930’s. The post WWI world was filled with great excess and freedom. Whether is was racy movies from Pre-Code Hollywood or the rebirth of the Belle Époque era with Mistinguett at the Moulin Rouge. This new generation of post war expats created a world of great adventure and exploration in the social world. 

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Originally I was just going to allow guest to just dress up in period costume but then I figured suggesting guests occupy someone else's persona for just one evening would make for a more interesting experience for everyone. I put together a laundry list of people who left their mark on the 20’s and 30’s and created a sign up sheet online, so one guests persona is not inhabited by another. I am asking guests to please mark their costume of the list but I am not saying you have to dress a certain person who is available. If you think you can dress up better than everyone else as Greta Garbo or Chaplin, then knock your socks off. All note, the signup list is anonymous, no one else can see who you are. 

Have fun with this part of the event. Some people are making their clothes themselves, some have hired tailors! I’ve also provided a resources section to the costume page of the site for more assistance. I have many vendors who provide clothing for sale or for rent.