Misère Noire (1927). Guy Jean Selz & Cyrille Polissadim. Poster. Printer: Imp. H. Chachoin, Paris.

Get out your glad rags—and we do mean rags. The shabbiest chic and dirtiest patches are requested for the Dadaesque “Utter Poverty” costume ball. It’s going to be a don’t-miss night: fox-trotting (that’s what the lice-ridden do) to four jazz bands until 5 a.m., a dreadful theatrical presentation, a fashion show, and other things. Don’t shave, don’t shower, just slum. The place must have been mobbed: this cubist announcement by the unknown Selz and Polissadim couldn’t fail but bring them in motley droves.