Burlesque - the name alone conjures mental images of beautiful women in various states of undress. Favoring bold colors in red, black, white, and metallic hues; Burlesque performers lent an air of drama to the standard striptease.
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Modern Burlesque stars have revived the cabaret spirit of the genre, inspired a new generation, and brought the once taboo style to the masses.
So you may be surprised to find that historically Burlesque was a term used for works of comedy developed to mock serious subjects. Even the Moulin Rouge in Paris gained its fame through the variety of entertaining shows offered.
Even when American vaudeville acts and cabarets turned the spotlight to the striptease element of Burlesque; the stars that flourished were those that combined drama and comedy into their acts.
Natalie Wood starred in Gypsy: a movie based on the life of Gypsy Rose Lee. Lee was credited with bringing suspense to the striptease with her slow movements and discreetly placed props.
Blaze Starr was known for her comedic exploding couch routine.
Today, Burlesque styles can be seen on the street as well as on the stage. The style provides an escape from an otherwise mundane routine. Like Brody sang, Burlesque will give you something that'll shut your eyes to this whole mess. Small touches like sexy thighhighs can lend a bit of fun to standard 9-5 attire. With enough confidence, a Burlesque inspired corset or shoes will guarantee an outfit becomes a head turner for a night out.
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