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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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]
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 […]
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]
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.
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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]
James Browne is a set and costume designer who moulds his extraordinary vision to each individual theatrical production. He also works with photographers to create his own mini narratives, which reference circus, burlesque, world cinema, high fashion, and fairytales.