Burlesque performer Raven Noir, producer of Burlesque Noir, by Neil Kendall

Raven Noir: Burlesque in the Blood

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 […]

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

Fancy Feather: The Flourish Behind the Fan Dance

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 […]

Festive pinup vintage fashion at Vivien of Holloway

Vivien of Holloway: A Pinup Paradise

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 performer Lena Mae at Hundred Watt Club, by Featherpic.co.uk

Burlesque Shines Bright at Hundred Watt Club (UK Burlesque)

Having recently celebrated their fifth birthday in the venue where it all began, the Hundred Watt Club is showing no sign of slowing down. Ivy Wilde caught up with Lena Mae to find out about how it all began and what they have in store for the future.   The Hundred Watt Club “I’d been […]

Missy Fatale, Betsy Rose and Jolie Papillon at Gin House Burlesque. Photo by Chris Baker

Gin House Burlesque: Stripping with a Swing

21st Century Burlesque Magazine thoroughly enjoyed Gin House Burlesque at The King’s Head – a spectacular, hidden jewel box in East London, commandeered by sparkling showgirls and a swarm of stylish revellers. Ivy Wilde discusses the superbly executed concept with co-creators Betsy Rose, Missy Fatale and Jolie Papillon.     When did the idea for […]

Torquay Tease: The Rise of Kinky & Quirky

Torquay Tease: The Rise of Kinky & Quirky (UK Burlesque)

In 2007 a chance chat via a MySpace page brought Sarah and Mark Bell together. Eight weeks later Mark moved to Devon from Wales and a month later Kinky & Quirky was born. Nine years on and Kinky & Quirky is known for its jaw-dropping events with the cream of the crop in variety, cabaret […]