This 1942 photo provided by the Louisiana State Museum shows Gold Digger Baby Dolls, one of the neighborhood groups that adopted the "baby doll" costumes. The costumes first became part

 

              This 1942 photo provided by the Louisiana State Museum shows Gold Digger Baby Dolls, one of the neighborhood groups that adopted the "baby doll" costumes. The costumes first became part
This 1942 photo provided by the Louisiana State Museum shows Gold Digger Baby Dolls, one of the neighborhood groups that adopted the "baby doll" costumes. The costumes first became part of New Orleans' Mardi Gras in 1912 with a group of black prostitutes, but spread within decades into the city's respectable African-American neighborhoods. The tradition is enjoying a modern resurgence. (AP Photo/State Library of Louisiana, Collection of the U.S. Works Progress Administration of Louisiana)