Renowned for her exquisite wardrobe, sublime hostess Lili La Scala made a modest four changes during the glittering Hebden Bridge Burlesque Festival Gala last year. She takes us through her costume changes, calling the Hebden Bridge Burlesque Festival “the best festival that the UK has to offer. Beautifully organised. I had the best time.”

This year, the Hebden Bridge Burlesque Festival welcomes international superstar and Burlesque TOP 50 No. 2 Perle Noire, and you can still get your hands on gala tickets here!

 

Outfit 1: “This apricot gown used to belong to legendary singer Yma Sumac. Then she karked it and everything got sold. It was a birthday gift from my husband – this show was on my birthday. The gown has so much padding inside, I could insulate my loft!”

Lili La Scala at the Hebden Bridge Burlesque Festival 2015, by James Millar
Lili La Scala at the Hebden Bridge Burlesque Festival 2015, by James Millar
Lili La Scala at the Hebden Bridge Burlesque Festival 2015, by Nick Singleton Photography
Lili La Scala at the Hebden Bridge Burlesque Festival 2015, by Nick Singleton Photography

Outfit 2: “The green dress is like sparkly vintage seaweed. It’s one of my favourite gowns to host in, so probably gets more stage time than it should. I bust the zip in it onstage once and had to sashay off sideways, like a crab!”

Lili La Scala at the Hebden Bridge Burlesque Festival 2015, by Nick Singleton Photography
Lili La Scala at the Hebden Bridge Burlesque Festival 2015, by Nick Singleton Photography
Lili La Scala at the Hebden Bridge Burlesque Festival 2015, by James Millar
Lili La Scala at the Hebden Bridge Burlesque Festival 2015, by James Millar

Outfit 3: “I love a sequinned cheongsam. Boobs or legs, I was always told. I’m not sure if wearing a cheongsam is cultural appropriation; I’d like to think it’s cultural appreciation!”

Lili La Scala at the Hebden Bridge Burlesque Festival 2015, by James Millar
Lili La Scala at the Hebden Bridge Burlesque Festival 2015, by James Millar

Outfit 4: “Ah, Russell Bruner. What can I say about Russell? He’s such a great showman. My outfit here was thrown together as we were doing a little dance thing together. I’m not as good a swinger as I was before I got married – alas. However, Russell is a very fine dancer indeed.”

Lili La Scala with Russell Bruner at the Hebden Bridge Burlesque Festival 2015, by James Millar
Lili La Scala with Russell Bruner at the Hebden Bridge Burlesque Festival 2015, by James Millar

http://www.hebdenbridgeburlesquefestival.co.uk