Interviews

Enjoy a collection of burlesque interviews, including in-depth conversations with many of our striptease titans…

Raven Noir: Burlesque in the Blood

Burlesque performer Raven Noir, producer of Burlesque Noir, by Neil KendallRead more

Raven Noir, gothic mistress of northern Burlesque in the UK, sits down with Ivy Wilde to discuss her stage persona, opulent costumes, inspirations and renowned annual Blackpool show Burlesque Noir. After stumbling across burlesque, when a friend roped her into a ten week course for moral support, stage shy Raven discovered a family secret and […]


Fancy Feather: The Flourish Behind the Fan Dance

Jacqueline Chaton featuring a custom tip dyed feather fan by Fancy Feather (fancyfeather.com). Photo Scott Saw - Vixen PhotographyRead more

As any burlesque aficionado knows, feathers play a huge part in our history. Most performers’ repertoire includes, or has included, feather fans. The minute Sally Rand stepped out at the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair and made her name, she popularised fan dancing for burlesque performers of the future. We recently caught up with Cindy Garland […]

The Pastie Project: A Burlesque Costume History Book

Burlesque Pastie Timeline by Fyodor A. PavlovRead more

The Pastie Project is a book by costume designer and burlesque performer Rosey La Rouge, featuring an archive of vintage and modern burlesque pasties contributed by performers and costumers from all over the world. Around two years ago, Rosey, who has a Master’s degree in Costume Design, started thinking about how she could contribute more to the […]

Sadie Sinner: Cocoa Butter Queen

The Cocoa Butter Club, by Biju BelinkyRead more

“The Cocoa Butter Club gives a voice to The Other.  We exist to promote the fact that performers of colour are creating in a multitude of mediums, and whilst our cabaret may not always look the same, please consider how artists draw on their past, present and futures and create work which reflects this.” After […]

Egypt Blaque Knyle: Entitled

Egypt Blaque Knyle, by Brian C JanesRead more

Egypt Blaque Knyle seems to have come out of nowhere to dominate nearly every major burlesque competition.  In three years, she has amassed over twenty titles, earning the No.38 spot on the 21st Century Burlesque Magazine Burlesque Top 50 2016.  Some have begun speculating about this dynamic performer’s background, her history, and just what causes […]

Miss Judith Stein: Legendary

Judith Stein at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend 2015: 58th Annual Titans of Tease Reunion Showcase. ©Chris Harman/Harman House Photography for 21st Century Burlesque Magazine. Not to be used without permission.Read more

We invite you to enjoy Adele Wolf in conversation with one of the world’s best loved burlesque legends, the warm, witty and wise Miss Judith Stein, documenting her journey from college gogo dancer to burlesque headliner, and her ascendance to Legend at the Burlesque Hall of Fame.     Judith Stein began performing burlesque in […]

Dita Von Teese Reborn in The Art of the Teese

Dita Von Teese: The Art of the TeaseRead more

In March, I visited Dita Von Teese at The Crazy Horse Paris during her sold out return to the legendary erotic cabaret. As we shared a thrilling interval in Crazy founder Alain Bernardin’s backstage office as mutual superfans, I detected a noticeable glow of confidence in burlesque’s most famous and opulent star.  Little did I […]

Vivien of Holloway: A Pinup Paradise

Festive pinup vintage fashion at Vivien of HollowayRead more

If you think of authentic pin up fashion in the UK, you think of Vivien of Holloway – the two simply go hand in hand. Vivien of Holloway have long been a supporter of the burlesque and vintage entertainment industry, sponsoring events up and down the UK. Their Holloway Road store offers an exclusive styling […]

Burlesque In 20: Blaze, The Red Rose of Texas

Blaze, The Red Rose of Texas, by Shoshana PortnoyRead more

In a new interview series, celebrated burlesque performers answer twenty questions which document their career to date and their thoughts on contemporary burlesque, present and future. Blaze, The Red Rose of Texas is the first to tackle the interview.   Name: Blaze, the Red Rose of Texas Home location: Dallas, Texas Years performing: Five Training: Tap, Jazz and […]

Ursula Undressed: The Magic of Martinez

Ursula Martinez, starring in La Soiree at Christmas in Leicester Square. Photo by Prudence UptonRead more

Like the fabled, festive Coca Cola truck, five star smash La Soiree has rolled into London again this Christmas with a twinkling Spiegeltent full of sass, smut, surprise, and sensational skill. We spoke to one of La Soiree‘s most celebrated heroines, Ursula Martinez, as she marks fifty fabulous years of life, laughter, and lewd, nude burlesque brilliance! (Hanky […]