Fashionable History: The Rockettes

Well before Lady Gaga made "pantlessness" fashionable we had The Rockettes. There is a small part of me that would love to be a Rockette. Being 5'10" I've got the legs, but I never studied dance. Nonetheless, the high kicks and costumes have always been compelling. Here's a look at The Rockettes through the ages.

In 1925, The Missouri Rockets debuted in St. Louis. Inspired by the Tiller Girls in the Ziegfeld Follies the Missouri Rockets creator, Russell Markert, was inspired to create a group that kicked higher and had longer legs. Landing a gig at The Roxy Theatre in NYC they became The Roxyettes. From there they moved to Radio City and changed their name to The Rockettes as we know them today.

This is the part that looks like the most fun- the dressing room!

So glamorous!

As Russell imagined, they have become world renowned for their precision tap routines.

Modern Rockettes with US Navy Sailors. I love these costumes!
If you'd like to see The Rockettes live, be sure to check out their Christmas Spectacular, either at Radio City or on their National Tour!