Vintage Inspired Burlesque Costumes and Burlesque Reference Books
for the Ecdysiast Bump and Grind Enthusiast
Burlesque Artist, Pin-ups, Strip Tease, Exotic Dancers, Pole Dancers
Adult Entertainers, Crossdressers, Transgenders
Female Impersonators, America's Black Female Superstars,
Models and just plain Sexy people
Embellished with rhinestones, rayon fringe or handbeading
My inspiration for creating Burlesque Costumes
These are reference only. I don't sell the books.
I have many more book collections on Ziegfeld, Josephine Baker, Mistinguett, Mae West, Busby Berkeley, Hollywood History and Movies, Silent Film Era, Glamour Girls, Films of... books, Early American Theatre, Haute Couture, Museum Costume Collections, and others that for the ease of loading, I will eventually put up individual pages representing these subjects.
Lots more scanning to go, so please check back often.
My friend and inspiration Venus of Dance the Lovely Dee Milo
My List of Burlesque Books for Reference and Costume Inspiration:
Burlesque The Baubles Bangles Babes Fully Illustrated The Story of a Unique American Institution by Martin Collyer 1964, And Men My Fuel by Lili St. Cyr 1964, Brown Sugar Eighty Years of America's Black Female Superstars by Donald Boyle, The American Burlesque Show by Irving Ziedman 1967, Burleycue An Underground History of Burlesque Days by Bernard Sobel 1931, Horrible Prettiness Burlesque and American Culture by Robert C Allen 1991, The Body Merchant The Story of Earl Carroll by Ken Murray 1976, Girl Show Into the Canvas World of Bump and Grind by A W Stencell 1999, Burlesque and the New Bump n Grind by Michelle Baldwin 2004, This was Burlesque by Ann Corio 1968 A rollicking, Colorfully illustrated history of burlesque as see through the eyes of its First Lady, Minsky's Burlesque A Fast and Funny Look at America's Bawdiest Era by Morton Minsky and Milt Machlin 1986, Vaudeville from the Honky Tonks to the Palace by Joe Laurie 1953, A Pictorial History of Burlesque by Bernard Sobel 1956, Nightclub Nights Art Legend and Style 1920-1960 by Susan Waggoner 2001, Burlesque Legendary Stars of the Stage by Jane Briggeman 2004, The Queens of Burlesque Vintage Photographs from the 1940s and 1950s by Len Rothe 1997, The Bare Truth Stars of Burlesque from the 40s and 50s by Len Rothe 1998, Blue Ribbons and Burlesque a Book of Country Fairs by Charles Fish 1998, From Peep Show to Palace The Birth of American Film by David Robinson 1996, Town Hall Tonight by Harlowe R Hoyt 1955, The Cotton Club A Pictorial and Social History of the Most Famous Symbol of the Jazz Era by Jim Haskins 1977, A Hard Act to Follow A Music Hall Review by Peter Leslie Introduction by Pearl Bailey 1978, Les Folies Du Music-Hall A History of the Music-Hall in Paris by Jacques Damase 1960, British Music Hall A Story in Pictures by Ramond Mander 1965, Black Musical Theatre from Coontown to Dreamgirls by Allen Woll 1989, Bawdy Songs of the Early Music Hall by George Speight 1975, A Pictorial History of Vaudeville by Bernard Sobel 1961, The Salome Dancer The Life and Times of Baude Allan by Felix Cherniavsky 1991, Gay New York Gender Urban Culture and the Making of the Gay Male World 1890 - 1940 by George Chauncey 1994, Barbette by Man Ray Jean Cocteau 1988 German and English Text, Looking for Little Egypt by Donna Carlton 1994, Stardust Music from the Broadway Show Music for Great Song Hits of 1920s-1950s produced by Louise Westergaard and Irving Schwartz Costumes by Erte 1990, Great Bordellos of the World an Illustrated History by Emmett Murphy 1983, Bold Daring Shocking True A History of Exploitation Films 1919-1959 by Eric Schaefer 1999, Loie Fuller Goddess of Light by Richard Current 1997, America Vaudeville as Seen by its Contemporaries by Charles Stein 1984, Mistinguett La Reine Du Music-Hall by Martin Penet 1995 French Text, Female Spectacle The Theatrical Roots of Modern Feminism by Susan Glenn 2000, Three Plays by Mae West Sex Drag The Pleasure Man 1997, An Evening at The Garden of Allah A Gay Cabaret in Seattle by Don Paulson 1996, Salome by Oscar Wilde Under The Hill by Aubrey Beardsley 1996 two plays of 1894, Josephine Baker by Bryan Hammond 1988, Of Minnie the Moocher and Me by Cab Calloway and Bryant Rollins 1976, The Ziegfeld Touch The Life and Times of Florenz Ziegfeld by Richard and Paulette Ziegfeld 1993, A collage of my friend and Inspiration Dee Milo
Do you have a burlesque costume or Pin-up Girl clothing design in mind?
Have a theme for a burlesque show or striptease act, producing a show or film?
Are you a Female Impersonator?
Email me a picture, or refer to a page number in any of the above books. Or call me at 510-436-4938.
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