House of Burlesque: Banked

Many people drunkenly crashed their way into 2020 via a 1920s-themed New Year's Eve party with plenty of fringed dresses, sparkle and fizz. Much as I'm drawn to the fancy dress side of things - especially if I can make a costumed nod to Marilyn Monroe in Some Like it Hot - I wasn't sure... Continue Reading →

Review: Cabaret, New Wimbledon Theatre

An email from trade publication Lingerie Insight popped up in my inbox on Monday, and the headline 'Lingerie designer makes Cabaret comeback to dress Louise Redknapp and Will Young' caught my eye. The article reported that the designer and founder of Raine & Bea, Jenna Barnes, made costumes for Cabaret in 2013 and was invited... Continue Reading →

Barelesque Anim8te

Back in 2011, some fabulous friends of mine had an idea to create a burlesque event that dared to bare and raised money for a good cause into the bargain. Barelesque at the RVT was born and my burlesque alter ego was invited along to be part of the fun, as a model for the... Continue Reading →

The Katzenjammer Club

If, like me, you came out of the video room at the V&A's Club to Catwalk exhibition and wondered why there's nothing like that in London any more, I have got some rather exciting news for you! If you're a fan of the antics of icons like David Bowie, Klaus Nomi or Leigh Bowery, then... Continue Reading →

Doctor Who in New York

As I said yesterday, there are two parts of my holiday that I wanted to tell you about. The first was the amazing vintage and retro clothing that I discovered, and the second was the amount of Doctor Who stuff I found in New York. I mean, I knew that US nerds were as obsessed... Continue Reading →

Feminism Friday: Cabaret opera?

I don't really know much about opera. I know that I love the sound of a good operatic vocal, and I have enjoyed a number of performances of and inspired by opera. On Monday evening I attended a concert called Disturbia, at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on the Southbank. The first piece performed by the... Continue Reading →

Review: Barelesque

On Wednesday 12th October 2011, the Royal Vauxhall Tavern played host to a raucous bunch of ladies who, along with their friends, were hoping to raise lots of money for LGBT homeless charity the Albert Kennedy Trust. As I mentioned last month, I was delighted to be chosen as one of those girls by the... Continue Reading →

Burlesque: is the end nigh?

From the title of this post, I expect regular readers will wonder if this is yet another piece where I ponder whether my burlesque alter ego should be retired. This time, however, my worries are somewhat larger. Once the country has seen Christina Aguilera in the movie Burlesque, I fear that the good stuff may... Continue Reading →

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