Fancy a good excuse for dressing up? The BiCon Ball this year has been titled ‘Deco-dance – Cos It Don’t Mean a Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing!’ The organisers have taken the years 1919 – 1939 as inspiration. They say: “It was an era when societal norms and rules were challenged. It’s the era of Jazz, Hollywood Glamour, of speakeasies and dancing till dawn.”
Not only is this a fascinating historical period, it’s also a period that is rich in bi history and bi icons including Marlene Dietrich, Josephine Baker, Siegfried Sassoon, the Bright Young People and the Bloomsbury Group. Full suffrage in the UK was achieved. It was also the time of the Weimar Republic, and the ground breaking Institute for Sexual Research.
Traditional gender roles and sexuality were challenged, and it was the era of the pre-code Hollywood movie, where scenes such as the infamous Marlene Dietrich kiss in Morocco – the first woman to woman kiss on screen – were featured.
And if that’s not enough – it was also the era of Golden Age detective fiction from Poirot to Sam Spade and the birth of Flash Gordon, Buck Rogers and Superman.
There are multiple opportunities to create a fabulous outfit, if that’s your fancy, a few are below.
So come along to the BiCon Speakeasy and dance the night away!