Burlesque Pastie Timeline by Fyodor A. Pavlov

The Pastie Project: A Burlesque Costume History Book

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 […]

Kitten LaRue and Lou Henry Hoover, by Marco Felix.

Cocktails, Costume and Concept with Kitten LaRue and Lou Henry Hoover

Burlesque costume queen Viv Clicquot sat down with Burlesque TOP 50 No. 1 2015 Kitten LaRue and Lou Henry Hoover – aka Kitten ‘n’ Lou – for cocktails and costume chat… “So tell me. Who and what are you wearing?!”  Showing up as nothing less than their usual and inimitable glorious selves, I interviewed the […]

Trixie Little at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend Tournament of Tease in The Orleans Showroom, Las Vegas. ©Chris Harman/Harman House Photography for 21st Century Burlesque Magazine. Not to be used without permission.

Queen Trixie Little: Top Banana (Burlesque Costume)

Trixie Little is Miss Exotic World, Reigning Queen of Burlesque 2015, and her winning act at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend sure was a-peel-ing! Want to know what inspired this act? Who made the various components? How long the act and costume took to put together?  How hard she trained? What kind of fasteners […]

Burlesque Costume Tutorial: Tricks With Tights

Burlesque Costume Tutorial: Tricks With Tights

In a new series on 21st Century Burlesque Magazine, fabulous costumer, blogger and performer Viv Clicquot shares valuable tips and tricks, continuing with Tricks With Tights!  (P.S. Looking for some stunning lingerie to go with those tights? There’s only one place to go…) The topic of today’s post is one of the very reasons I […]

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How to Make a Show-Stopper Costume for £3.49

Hula Hooper extraordinaire Helen Orford shares her beautiful bargain costume creation! For the past few months I’ve been getting lots of requests for a 1920’s/Great Gatsby themed act, and for the most part I forwarded on the details of other performers who have such acts as I didn’t want to fork out for a new […]

Burlesque Costume Tutorial: Rhinestone Application Hints

  In a new series on 21st Century Burlesque Magazine, fabulous costumer, blogger and performer Viv Clicquot shares valuable tips and tricks, continuing with tackling those pesky rhinestones! So this is a post about the things I learned the hard way when it comes to using Gem-Tac to apply rhinestones.  In chatting with other performers, […]

Burlesque Costume Tutorials with Viv Clicquot

Burlesque Costume Tutorial: Stage Worthy Footwear

In a new series on 21st Century Burlesque Magazine, fabulous costumer blogger and performer Viv Clicquot shares valuable tips and tricks, starting today with showstopping shoes! Hiya!  So today’s post is about how to turn street shoes into super glam performance shoes.  If you have a pair of shoes that fit great, you can move […]

Burlesque 101: Costume Fastenings

Burlesque 101: Costume Fastenings

In a new series on 21st Century Burlesque Magazine, Burly Baker Jenni Fleur Silver guides you through burlesque essentials, reaching out to some of our brightest burlesque stars for their expertise and opinion. First up is a highly informative discussion about costume fastenings… Since I’ve dipped my toe back into the burlesque water, I’ve started […]

Interview: Christina Manuge of Manuge Et Toi (Burlesque Costume)

Interview: Christina Manuge of Manuge Et Toi (Burlesque Costume)

Opening a series on burlesque costume, legendary performer, author and instructor Jo Weldon interviews noted burlesque costumier Christina Manuge of Manuge Et Toi. I worked as a costumer for feature dancers in the early 1990s while I was healing from a car accident and couldn’t dance, and although I had been able to sew since […]

Gowning Around with Catherine D'Lish

Gowning Around with Catherine D’Lish

Interview with Catherine D’Lish by Jo Weldon. Catherine D’Lish is known for inventive, hyperglam, spectacular costuming. Her standard-setting work with Dita Von Teese is best known to many, but Catherine is constantly creating fresh, innovative designs, items that strike us as iconic immediately, working with fabric and trim in new and inspiring ways. Most recently […]