The Zeigfeld Follies were the creation of Florenz Ziegfeld, self proclaimed 'glorifier of the American girl'. It was a theatrical extravaganza that graced the stages of Broadway, New York from 1907 to 1931, eventually succumbing to effects of the Great Depression.
It was an American spectacle to rival the Parisian Folies Bergère. Now if your anything like me you should have Dame Judy Dench's feather strewn number from 'Nine' firmly stuck in your head by the mention of Folies Bergère. I am a true movie AND musical nuttter.
The Zeigfeld girls were beautiful, scantily clad and plentiful, sometimes with up to 50 performing on stage. They defined the standards of American beauty for this era and were generally adored far and wide for their elegance and glamour. Many of the girls went on to become the Hollywood stars of the following decades.