For the most part the dancers who sashayed into the spotlight in freaky or at least funky costumes (curly wigs with gilt highlights and bumfreezer
skirts topped by huge widebrimmed hats) were funny in a bustling, noisy way and wellequipped to throw come-on flashy wide-eyed stares into the audience.
1950s - Boys who attended Eton under the height of 5ft 4in wore the famous Eton "bumfreezer
" suit then, when they were tall enough, wore tails.
This has led to the coinage of a word like bumfreezer
, for a short jacket, what we know as the Eisenhower jacket.