In the first half of the 20th century the polka dot made its appearance in North America. Minnie Mouse wore a polka dot outfit. Frank Sinatra sang “Polka Dots and Moonbeams”. Actresses like Elizabeth Taylor, Lucille Ball, and Marilyn Monroe were some of the polka dot’s chief exponents. Fashion designers like Dior and Givenchy loved the dot.
Brian Hyland sang about an “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini.” Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama was besotted by polka dots; below is a photo I took of her dotty room at The Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh:
|Image: Marilyn Bellamy|
More about polka dots: The Hairpin