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Spiegelworld Empire dazzles with burlesque, comedy and foot juggling

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By Elise Boyd in New Events on Friday 28 February 2014

Back for another summer in Australia, Spiegelworld’s new show, Empire, is a collection of acts featuring their unique blend of circus, comedy, cabaret, aerobatics, and burlesque. The best part? It’s all performed in a Belgian-style Spiegeltent, including a bar and beer garden that you can enjoy before you enter.

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Burlesque stars naked and in full costume

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By Low Lai Chow in New Photography on Wednesday 23 January 2013

Brooklyn-based photographer Van Sarki got the idea for his Burlesque Compere series when he realized one of his college friends was a burlesque star. He photographs beautiful dual portraits of the performers in their stripped down state and in their full elaborate burlesque getup. Plans for a book are in the pipeline too.

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Burlesque clothing design by Marnie Scarlet

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By Paola Rocchetti in New Design on Wednesday 11 July 2012

Marnie Scarlet is a good friend of mine, designer for Libidex UK, and a Burlesque performer who is everything but ordinary. She designs her own ‘larger than life’ outfits for a mix of colorful, surreal and sexy characters. I couldn’t resist using some of these for a personal project I did at the beginning of this year.

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Artistic Intent: a burlesque model gets painted by a surreal artist

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By Steve Murray in Video on Tuesday 24 April 2012

Artistic Intent is a decadent short film featuring a surreal artist trying to paint a gorgeous burlesque model. It features current reigning king of boylesque, Mark Winmill, and Melbourne’s Peachey Dream battling it out in a painted frenzy.

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Australian Burlesque Festival

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By Katie Joy in New Events on Tuesday 20 April 2010

The first ever Australian Burlesque Festival is about to hit everyone Down Under. Over two weekends in June, across Sydney and Melbourne, women (and a few delicious men!) will dress up, dress down and take to the stage in a myriad of costumes in shows which will cross states, venues, classification and mind-frames.

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Star Wars Burlesque

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By Zolton in New Trends on Wednesday 10 February 2010

How fitting! This performance of Star Wars Burlesque, featuring a Stormtrooper striptease by Courtney Cruz, has been on show at the Los Angeles club Bordello, which opened on the site of an old Los Angeles whorehouse. Other characters in the performance include a risque Princess Leia, a sparkling C-3PO, and a rather revealing Jabba the Hutt. [Photos by Shannon Cottrell]

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Burlesque cards

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By Zolton in New Products on Friday 18 September 2009

Illustrating the playful side of sexy, Donna Wilson uses burlesque and 60s pop art as inspiration for her original art cards.

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The London Burlesque Festival

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By Katie Jay in New Events on Wednesday 17 December 2008

Ok, so I’m a big fan of any show that features sparkles, feathers and nipple tassels. Which explains why I’m so excited about the London Burlesque Festival. Come April, the city will be taken over by scantily clad women, vaudeville acts, dimly lit evening burlesque performances, and more outright wackiness than you can poke an […]

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Geneviève FT: a girl drawing girly girls

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By Marta Millere in New Illustration on Friday 21 March 2014

Adorably talented Geneviève FT specializes in drawing cheerful pin ups, burlesque dancers and other curvy cartoon goddesses. Her little ladies are incredibly confident and sensual, without appearing too sexy. Geneviève freelances in multiple fields: animation, games, magazine illustration and comics. She studied animation for six years, creating and producing no less than seven short films. […]

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Half-Drag: interview with photographer Leland Bobbe

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Photography on Wednesday 22 January 2014

Native New Yorker and photographer Leland Bobbe gained immense popularity with his series, Half-Drag, in which he shows us the faces of people behind the drag-queen makeup. We got an exclusive interview with him – as well as exclusive photos – and picked his brain on the series and his work. [see the original post we ran on this series]

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Sad Etsy Boyfriends will make you LOL

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Websites on Friday 25 October 2013

Nothing comes between a girl and her crafts—not even a boyfriend. Well, the boyfriend is needed to model her finished handiwork on the ever-popular Etsy site. Exposed by urlesque, this lineup of 20 sad Etsy boyfriends is quite hilarious to see.

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Smoke Perfume Oil from New Orleans

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By Nana Taimour in New Products on Wednesday 16 October 2013

Last April I flew to New Orleans for stormy weather, crab boils, morning coffee breaks at the levee, and burlesque nights. While absorbing the magic, food and hospitable people of the South I discovered the magic of essential oils in a keepsake vessel of Smoke Perfume Oil. Smoke is the personal project of Kathleen Currie, […]

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Extraordinary photos of New York drag queens in half drag

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By Tristan Rayner in New Photography on Tuesday 8 October 2013

The illusion and fantasy of drag is presented in this brilliant collection by New York-based photographer, Leland Bobbé, who has captured portraits of stunning drag queens in half drag for his ongoing project ‘Half-Drag…A Different Kind of Beauty’. These images are not digitally composed or altered, instead captured in a single photo by Bobbé. [Read […]

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Dita Von Teese wears the first completely 3D printed dress

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By Rebekah Rhoden in New Fashion on Monday 11 March 2013

Burlesque performer Dita Von Teese unveiled the world’s first completely 3D printed dress at the Ace Hotel in NYC. The dress was fully designed on an iPad by designer Michael Schmidt and architect Francis Bitonti, consisting of 17 individually-moving pieces that are held together by 3,000 joints. Designed expressly to fit Von Teese’s body, this […]

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How wives should undress in front of their husbands (1937)

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By Zolton in New Art on Thursday 19 July 2012

This photoshoot from 1937 shows the contrast in the ‘undressing’ style of former Burlesque stripper, June St. Clair, as compared to a ‘typical wife’, who doesn’t disrobe with quite the same, erm, allure. The photos were by Peter Stackpole and done for the Allen Gilbert School of Undressing. [via How to be a Retronaut]

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