Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Burlesque revival! How to get the look...
by Roswell Ivory
Mookychick tips on achieving burlesque style, and delving further into the sleek, red-lit and velveted world of burlesque.
Dita Von Teese did not invent burlesque. She may be leading the burlesque revival, but the Art of Tease has been around for a very long time.
It started in the 1800s theatres and music halls of the nineteenth century, turning the art of the tease into the perfumed, scented, evocative striptease!
In the days when ankles were considered soft porn, striptease involved a flash of a jewelled stocking, gorgeous corsets, decadence, and *gasp* possibly the glimpse of a thigh. But it also involved imagination. Dance and comedy was important, and - as any modern-day burlesquer will tell you - the attitude is as important as the glamour and extravagance.
Forget playboy bunnies. Burlesque glamour is all about being a lady, although a lady with a naughty side! Make-up and hair should always be immaculate, and one should stand with confidence, but not be afraid to stand out. Burlesque is all about elegance and what you leave on is easily as important as what you take off. This is the new glamour.
Modern day burlesque wear is all about high heels and old fashioned glamour. If you're not performing onstage, you can achieve the burlesque look fully-dressed. You don't have to turn up to Tesco in home-made burlesque tassles and an 18-inch corseted waist (unless you want to).