Burlesque Wear and style was popular over one hundred years ago and throughout the twentieth century it continued to be a source of entertainment in theaters and nightclubs. It is a erotic art form which takes skill and charisma in the art of striptease and tantalization.
As a Vaudevillian act and entertainment for the masses in the early twentieth century it quickly became established as an erotic form of cabaret. The dancers with their seductive routines and sensual movements were able to wow the crowds as they still do today. If you are interested in performing or simply recreating the look, then here are some suggestions for things to wear and key items to get.
One of the central components to the look is to harness that vintage chic with an erotic elegance. Dancers dress in classic cuts with ladylike pencil skirts and pussy bow polka dot blouses and as they tastefully remove each article of clothing the underwear should be tasteful rather than tacky.
As an art form, burlesque performers are well versed in how to carefully choreograph each moment and peel off each garment with just enough sex appeal and charm. Beautiful underwear is key here and long silk gloves and pretty scarves can lend a mystery to the routine.
Make up should be used to accentuate and compliment the act. Use bold colors on the lips such as reds and corals and eyes can be accentuated with black liner and long lashes. The complexion should be pale with carefully rouged cheeks to evoke the spirit of movie star goddess. Eyebrows should be well groomed and nails should be well manicured with a blood-red siren shade usually being the most eye-catching.
Hair should be well groomed and classic. It can be incorporated into the act and styled in a chignon only to be let down as the clothing becomes looser and less and the act becomes steamier. One interpretation of such a scene could be the secretary with her hair in an up-do and her glasses perched on the end of her nose and as the act progresses she literally lets her hair down and the prim image is dispelled.
The theatrical elements of the routine rely on graceful movements and timing. It is necessary to remove garments in a seductive and well choreographed way which may have a narrative. Music adds an extra wow factor and this should be selected according to costume and style of performance.
Anyone wishing to pursue Burlesque as a hobby can research their options and check out local classes. There are often places that can teach the basics and provide essential contacts if you want to kick start a career in the industry.
Burlesque wear is all about being sensual and feminine and so it is not surprising that so many women are drawn to it. Now it is seen as the art of the striptease and many famous starts aspire to the look and style of this. Many vintage stores can help in your hunt for an outfit and there are also many companies, which cater to this style and design their garments with a shapely, feminine figure in mind. When selecting clothes figure hugging dresses and fifties belted skirts work best. Of course always wear a dab of perfume for that extra glamour.
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