Here's a 1952 showgirl with a fake bird in a cage attached to the back of her outfit. I found this gem on Got Weird, a treasure trove of alluring images from days past. I wish there was a video of the performance, I'm curious to see if or how the cage was incorporated. When it comes to costumes on stage, I say the weirder the better! I love this whimsical outfit. Someone should recreate it for halloween this year (and then prepare for a long night of standing up).
From Got Weird on Instagram:
"Showgirl with a stuffed bird in a cage on her hindquarters at the Latin Quarter nightclub, New York, 1952."