Alphonse Berge’s entire act revolved around taking bolts of fabric and fashioning original gowns out of them on a couple of onstage models. Also known as The Great Drapo, he could turn out a dress in as little as twenty seconds. Alphonse performed this act in vaudeville, night clubs, Hollywood films — and he made a hit of the Rayon exhibit at the 1939 World’s Fair. Here he is assembling one of his creations in an early Pathe short.
Alphonse was born circa 1895; the Fates snipped his thread in 1955.
To learn more about vaudeville, consult No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous, available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and wherever nutty books are sold.