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.
Sabrina Hornung by day and The Alabaster Disaster on the burlesque stage. My visual art consists of mixed media photo transparencies that personify the flora, fauna, and folklore of the North Dakota prairie.
Topsy Turvy Design is the work of costumer and milliner, K. Brown-Dye. Her creations are hand-built millinery works of buckram and wire construction. The hats are all very theatrical and range from Edwardian styles to burlesque-friendly fascinators.
The Charles McClaghy Collection has released this intriguing selection of images of female exotic dancers from the 1890s, which shows just how different our perception of ‘exotic’ has become over the intervening 120 or so years. [via How To Be A Retronaut]
Wellington is famous for its tiny, tucked-away bars, quirky cafes and galleries, fashion boutiques, award winning restaurants and buzzing nightlife. But what you may not know is that the New Zealand capital is also blessed with more bars, restaurants and cafés per capita than New York City. That’s right, it’s a thriving foodie (and drinkie) metropolis. We can’t show you all the 300 plus inner-city restaurant and bars, but here’s a sneak peak at some of Australian tourist, Patrick Stevenson — aka The Hipster’s — favourites.
Do you ever get bored of just going out to the same old clubs and events and wish for something with a little more pizazz? Shien Lee, the glamourous mastermind behind Dances of Vice knows just how you feel. Since 2007, Shien has been bringing her sparkle to the nightlife of New York, to create fun, memorable events that attract people from all walks of life.
I’ve been to Woodford before. That’s why I’m going again this year. It’s a music and fringe festival all in one, with only one ticket. Well, there are day or season passes, but the idea is that one ticket gets you access to everything. So no messy ticket decisions. With over 400 acts from December 27 to January 1st.
We’re digging the fun and cheeky illustration work of Liverpool-based artist, Becky Ryan who loves ‘to draw pretty much anything but particularly portraits’. This piece above was featured on the North West Burlesque Society website.
Created by art school dropout and kick-ass artist, Molly Crabapple, this alternative drawing movement mixes one part grungy art type, one part underground performer, and one part divey bar into a fizzy cocktail of awesomeness.
Bringing the excess and sexiness of the Big Band-era to the present is the hot MegaFlame Big Band and Cabaret’s mission. Jazz music combines with burlesque and torch singers to recreate a Prohibition-era San Francisco. Tonight, they’re playing at San Francisco’s Cafe Du Nord. Luck Be A Lady will feature The Bond Girl and Delilah […]
Our friends over at URLesque have recognized a growing Etsy trend: ‘A free-spirited crochet queen forcing her boyfriend to model her handicrafts’. And they’ve found 20 of the poor buggers, in various states of beanie clad despair.
We recently posted about ThinkGeek’s meaty April Fools Joke: Fake Unicorn Meat. Well, it seems not everyone found it quite as amusing as we — and, evidently, you — did. As our friends at URLesque have noted, the National Pork Board have sent ThinkGeek a cease and desist letter. Read it in full after the jump.