Caberetby Jules Cheret
Bal du Moulin Rouge
French women riding donkeys.The Moulin Rouge, which virtually single-handedly created the cancan craze, opened its doors on October 6, 1889, and this is the historic poster for the occasion. (The same image was used again for the 1892 season.) The donkeys are not Cheret's imagination - the two shrewd creators-promoters, Joseph Oller and Charles Zidler, actually had girls riding donkeys outside to attract attention to the place. That soon became superfluous, as all Paris came to gawk at the display of frilly female underthings by high-kickers like La Goulue, La Torpille, Miss Rigolette, Hirondelle and others, ushering in the Naughty Nineties in a swirl of petticoats.