Burlesque was born in England and the term “burlesque” referred to variety show performances. These shows were very popular from the 1860s all the way through the 1940’s. Staged in cabarets, clubs and theaters, burlesque shows featured bawdy comedy and female striptease.
Although there were some burlesque shows in the United States, it was toward the end of the 1900’s, that these shows really flourished in the states. They featured comics, but the main attraction was women singing, dancing and posing in exotic, sexy costumes. Recently there has been a revival of burlesque as more and more people are attracted to the glamour and the wonderful burlesque costumes.
However, this year, in 2011, it was the movie Burlesque that skyrocketed the popularity of burlesque dancing and costumes. The movie featured the talents of Cher and Christina Aguilera, who, along with other dancers, performed several exciting and provacative performances. Check out the video below.
Halloween is the perfect time to show off your sexy side and a burlesque costume makes it fun and easy. Plus, since there are dozens of different styles and variations, you have a wide range of costume choices. Also, since the particular features of a woman’s figure that men find most appealing has undergone changes through the ages, burlesque costumes can be found for women of all sizes.
This year, the online costume shops have an amazing collection of burlesque costumes from many different historic periods. There are also some really unique ideas, such as the vampire burlesque costume.
If you want to go the homemade costume route, you can discover lots of ideas from the costume shops, as well as from the movie Burlesque. The 1972 classic film Cabaret also has some great looks as does 1979’s All That Jazz. In some cases, the costumes rely in part on lingerie, so you may even have some of the main fancy dress ingredients in your closet.
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Part of the fun of dressing up for Halloween is transforming yourself into a character that lets you act a little differently than you normally do. A burlesque costume lets your sexy, bawdy side shine and that will be great fun.
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