Burlesque, which has parallels in the form ?commedia dell'arte?, had it?s origins in nineteenth century vaudeville and the music hall phenomenon, emerging in the early twentieth century as a popular blend of adult entertainment, satire, performance art and glamour. It also involved elements of comic entertainment and strip tease.
The featured books by ?Dita von Teese? and ?Vivienne VaVoom? (a.k.a, Michelle Baldwin) beautifully illustrate this magnificent form of art which is normally performed by women in colourful and fantastic outfits with mood enhancing lighting and music.
A new generation of performers and afficionados who were nostalgic for this glamourous spectacle have been instrumental, since the early 1990s, in bringing burlesque back to popular culture and with it the love for, and popularity of, the figure enhancing corset and waspie.
Burlesque and the Art of the Teese / Fetish and the Art of the Teese - by Dita von Teese
Burlesque and the New Bump-n-grind - by Michelle Baldwin
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