This still frame from a film strip provided by Story Sloan Gallery shows women dressed as "baby dolls" dancing on a New Orleans street at Mardi Gras in 1931. The first known group of women to strut and dance in short “baby doll” dresses was a group of African-American prostitutes who wanted to outdo another group in 1912, but the style soon spread to respectable black neighborhoods and is seeing a modern revival. (AP Photo/Story Sloan Gallery)

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This still frame from a film strip provided by Story Sloan Gallery shows women dressed as "baby dolls" dancing on a New Orleans street at Mardi Gras in 1931. The first known group of women to strut and dance in short “baby doll” dresses was a group of African-American prostitutes who wanted to outdo another group in 1912, but the style soon spread to respectable black neighborhoods and is seeing a modern revival. (AP Photo/Story Sloan Gallery)
This still frame from a film strip provided by Story Sloan Gallery shows women dressed as "baby dolls" dancing on a New Orleans street at Mardi Gras in 1931. The first known group of women to strut and dance in short “baby doll” dresses was a group of African-American prostitutes who wanted to outdo another group in 1912, but the style soon spread to respectable black neighborhoods and is seeing a modern revival. (AP Photo/Story Sloan Gallery)
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