Between dawn and dusk the street is swaddled in the illusory innocence of bustling commerce. But as night falls, we are once again reminded of the magnificent dance halls and brothels that enlivened Paris at the turn of the last century. We think about Degas and Toulouse-Lautrec, whose images immortalized the intimate lives of les filles de joie.

 

We imagine a fanciful world of laughter and love,

and we are inspired to create the ladies of rue St. Denis who never were...

THE EXOTIC LADIES OF RUE ST. DENIS

by Kristen CoConis

...but should have been.