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DE MONTFORT COUTURE CREATIONS

I’m always so impressed when ever I see the corsetry work from the students of De Montfort Univeristy, on the invitation only couture corset design degree. I came across some beautifully designed corsets at last years London Graduate Fashion Week and have followed some of the students since. With links with leading lingerie publication, Lingerie Buyer, the students showcase their work at various trade shows such as the Harrogate Lingerie show and I’ve just recently found out that some the courses creations were featured in DJ Ironics ‘Tiny Dancer’ video. Take a look at these gorgeous designs.

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INTERVIEW WITH THE GLAMAZONS

Hello Glamazons! And thank you for this fabulous opportunity! I don’t normally have the privilege of being around celebrities, let alone burlesque ones!

I am a great fan of burlesque, from the gorgeous outfits to its whole sex appeal! Where did you get the inspiration from? Why Burlesque?

[MERYL] I have always loved singing and dancing and even played the part of ‘Mazeppa” (a stripper) in the musical “Gypsy” at the age of 12! In 1997 I was introduced to the burlesque scene after being cast in a musical called “Sin” that was performed in the east village. I had did a striptease act in the show. It was very liberating and empowering to show my curvaceous figure on stage every night! I got great feedback from audience members who thought it was refreshing to see a “real” woman stripping on stage in a tasteful way. I continued to perform song and dance routines at cabaret clubs and incorporated the burlesque aspect. I loved the glamour, glitter, sequins ruffles and, of course, corsets!

And how did the band form, have you always been friends?

[MERYL] I started to perform a one woman show and continued to be a featured act in variety shows. I was inspired by groups like “The Pontani Sisters” and “The Wau-Wau Sisters” and wanted to be part of a group. I imagined performing on stage with other full figured women, like myself. And that’s how The Glamazons started! I auditioned girls and formed the group. As the members of The Glamazons have changed through the years, the group has morphed into something different. We don’t strip anymore, but our act is infused with the tease of burlesque.

[SANDY] I joined The Glamazons back in 2003 when the group was revamping. Some girls left to get married or to go back to school. So Meryl took me under her wing and showed me the world of Burlesque. This is when I truly learned to love my body and I grew to love myself more than I ever thought possible. As the rest of the group formed, we created a bond that no one can break. We love each other like sisters and fight like sisters. Haha!

[LAURA] I joined the Glamazons in 2005 as more of a pop style performer/addition to the group. I was just singing and modeling at the time and met the girls on a photo-shoot for a book called “Big Girl Knits.” I never pranced around in my undies or a corset before, so my first performance was so invigorating. There’s no better way to get over stage-fright than singing and dancing in ruffle panties! The whole time I was thinking “well… I better perform my heart out, because my bum is all the way out!”

What made you decide to go on America’s Got Talent?

[LAURA] We were all a little skeptical about doing “America’s Got Talent” because we didn’t want to be made fun of for our size. When we walked on stage, the audience started to laugh, but then we sang, and the crowd stood up immediately cheering us on. The judges loved us. I was so surprised. But, we do know how to rock the house and have fun doing it, so I’m glad everyone else thought so too.

Who was your favorite judge?

[SANDY] My favorite judge was Piers Morgan. This guy was the toughest and most critical judge on the show and he loved The Glamazons. He has a thing for curvy women and he thought we were truly talented, so it felt really good to have him in our corner. All of the judges loved us and they were really inspired by us. I think they were all pushing for our success.

[LAURA] I really loved them all but Sharon Osborne was definitely my favorite. She was like mom: honest and loving all at once.

[MERYL] I loved them all! But I grew up watching David Hasselhoff on television and it was so surreal to perform for him. He has a special place in my heart J

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LIVE BURLESQUE DRAWING

I read in the New York Times this week, well online as Im actually sat in the cold, north of England wishing I was actually in NYC, about live painting sessions taking place in the Slipper Room in Manhattan with a twist. The live painting sessions take place in an old burlesque with burlesque dancers as the live models. I know, as a keen live drawer, that when your model can move into the weirdest positions, it makes the drawing come to life.
I’ve added some of the drawings produced by Molly Crabapple. You can listen to an audio comentry of the artist on the NY TImes website, where she talks about her inspiration and background as a burlesque artist.

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DITA VON TEESE

I came across these photographs from Dita Von Teeses website, in the section, Dita’s Sweetshop, which I absolutely love. I thought I’d add them on here so you can appreciate the beauty. I hope one day I’ll have my own sweetshop and yes, dont worry, I’ll let you have a signed copy just like Dita.

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GIRLIE PIN-UPS

I thought I’d add these super cute 40’s pinup girlie postcards. I love this kind of imagery and I love anything vintage so I’m thinking abot getting these images blown up and framed for my bedroom. What do you think?

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EYEFUL

I just came across these vintage covers from Eyeful magazine, the american magazine from the 50’s that ‘glorified American women’ or so it said on the cover. Created by pin up artisit Peter Driben, these front covers should be framed and put all over my bedroom. Tres’ sexy, also love how the caption at the bottom celebrates these ‘corset cuties’, let me be one please! 🙂 x

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LONDONS BURLESQUE VARIETY FESTIVAL

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This years Burlesque Festival extravaganza was held in some of London’s most glamorous hotspots, hosting events at Cafe De Paris, Scalar Nightclub and Madame JoJo’s. Although these events were held back in April I wanted to let all you ladies know that LBF 2010 is changing! And it’s changing to be even more spectacular, nurturing new talent and welcoming familiar faces such as Dita Von Teese and rising star Siren Stiletto. Burlesque is still somewhat of an underground movement I feel and 2010 is set to bring the beauty of it to the mainstream, taking inspiration from London Fashion Week by holding a week long event rightly named London Burlesque Week. Application forms are available from the 1st November so get your pens ready and remember if you don’t perform still go along as support your art!

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