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Last Friday the glitterati of Burlesque came together for the Annual Burlesque Awards 2010 at Café De Paris, in London’s Leicester Square. The opening, by host and ringmaster, Armitage Shanks, bellowed across the crowd: Tonight, we’re gonna make love to you individually and collectively. You’re gonna want an adult but you’re not gonna get one. It’s an evening of inventory and it’s only gonna get stranger from there,”

The fabulously dressed crowd were treated to a variety of tantalising and titillating burlesque acts from across Europe – the UK, Holland, Germany, Belgium and Cardiff – by way of Paris.

The eager front row was sprayed by a magnum of champagne by the gorgeous Banbury Cross, dressed as screen siren, Marylin Monroe. Oh, how I would have loved to have been there. Maybe next year guys and dolls.

Later on Captain Anchor sang, Start Spreading your legs, to the tune of Sinatra’s New York, New York and Catherine Delish cast off her outfit while mouthing along to the words of Judy Garland’s hit songs, Get Happy – at one point whisking a US flag out of her corset.

Our home grown girls did well out of the night. Pixie Frisk won Best New London Act and the evening was rounded off with a triumphant roar when Ginger Blush, also from London, was announced as winner of Best Solo UK performance this year. A big well done all round.


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Monday night saw the glitterati migrate to New York for the annual Metropolitan Costume Gala hosted by Vogue Editor, Anna Wintour and television star Oprah Winfrey. The night saw some of the most glamorous and stylish frocks to walk the red carpet and I’ve chosen some of my favourite gowns with of course the added bonus of the curve enhancing corset. First up see’s Twilight actress, Kristen Stewart in a figure hugging black Chanel dress, which I first mistook for Vivienne Westwood with the pointed neckline. I think this gown would have worked a little better if it was completely floor length, taking off the unnessesary netting.

Next up comes the stunning Jennifer Lopez, who by the way is over 40! Can you believe it? Jennifer looks radiant in this heavily embellished Zuhair Murad gown. I like to see Jen a little more glam and less ghetto.

Lastly we come to the curvasious Eva Mendes who looks fabulous in her Dolce and Gabbana floral dress, looking every bit the Spanish senorita. See how the fish tale, corset nipped in waist design of the dress highlights Eva’s fantastic figure? The black floral print works well with Eva’s latino skin colouring.

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How gorgeous does actress Mia Wasikowska look in this Christian Dior polka dot mesh and satin corset from the 2010 catwalk collection? This over the bust corset captures the ladylike, ultra feminine trend that is so present right now. The trend for underwear as outerwear has been spotted all over the high street with lace camisoles worn with jeans and flashes of brightly coloured bras are a big trend for night wear. I think this type of corset should be teamed with a fifties style full skirt and towering heels to capture that womanly trend. If your looking for an equivilant of this polka dot corset then why not try this Dita corset in black with white spots. Christian Dior eat your stylish heart out!


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Dita Von Teese is looking lovely at a meet and greet as part of the Rockabilly Party Weekend held at the New Orleans Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday (April 3).

The 37-year-old burlesque beauty signed autographs and met fans – “Loved meeting my awesome-looking fans at Viva Las Vegas this afternoon!” Dita tweeted after the event. “So many voluptuous vixens!”

Dita is finishing up a series of shows in Las Vegas – her final show in town is Wednesday (April 7)! Pick up tickets at

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Katy Perry stepped out in style at the Nickelodeon Kids Awards this weekend, dazzling in a corseted ra-ra dress covered in multi-coloured sequins. As usual her curves will out in full show, teaming her strictly come dancing style dress with some glitter wedges (which seemed slightly too big for the singer).
After rocking a metallic mini by The Blonds at the MTV VMAs as well as at the 2009 Brits, the singer returned to the design duo for yet another sparkly show-stopper from their AW10 collection. OTT rhinestones, glittering wedges, rainbow-coloured lurex – all to be expected on a Perry, and the corset works wonders at amplifying those voluptuous curves. Would we prefer it to be a little less, er, revealing? Well yeah (this is the Kids Choice Awards after all) but we can’t always get what we wish for, so let’s just be happy with what we have, which is pretty darn marvellous.

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How gorgeous does pop princess, Christina Aguilera look on her single cover, with a black PVC corseted playsuit, teamed with a metal waist nipping belt. This looks like a torchure device! Still, she looks great. I loved Christina when she went through her 50’s pin up phase but I suppose anything is an improvement on leather chaps and dreadlocks for her ‘Dirty’ video!

Christina Aguilera has released her latest “big news” — the lyrics to her single “Not Myself Tonight” off her upcoming album, Bionic! ALSO, the countdown time on has started yet again. Will the song finally get released tomorrow?? Hopefully!!!

Christina is currently filming her acting debut for the film ‘Burlesque‘, so lets hope some of the style carries to run off on her as she has the pefect figure for it.

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It’s risqué, decadent and entertaining. Burlesque delights in an image of glamour, mischief and sauciness, and attracts a sophisticated following. It may come as quite a surprise, then, that in one London borough it has been categorised along with strip clubs and lap-dancing acts.

After three years of running the popular Be burlesque night, the Proud gallery in north London has been told by Camden council it needs to apply for an adult entertainment licence.
“It’s unbelievable,” says Alex Proud, the club’s owner. “Burlesque is not about naked women. It’s about the art of removing clothes. It’s nearer to theatre or dance than erotica.”
Since the story was picked up by the local press a week ago, it has been sparking debates over whether burlesque dancing is art or a sex act.

Feminists have been quick to highlight burlesque’s suggestive nature, claiming it is another damaging portrayal of women as sex objects.

Fans are vociferously defending their ‘guilty’ pleasure. “It’s an acceptable way to enjoy naughtiness”, says Robert Harding, a 37-year-old recruitment consultant and burlesque fan. “I could admit to my girlfriend that a burlesque dancer turns me on, but I could never get away with saying the same thing about a lap dancer.”

Burlesque existed for centuries as a theatrical form based on comedy and satire. It only adopted its signature erotic tone over the last century.

It was revived in the UK during the 90s, and has seen an explosion in popularity in the noughties, with the launch of events like the London Burlesque Festival in 2007 and the birth of Club Noir in Glasgow, which can host up to 2,000 people.

With its lavish performances and extravagant costumes, it’s hard to associate burlesque with the sleaze of strip clubs. Yes, it’s titillating, but unashamedly so. Rarely do we get a chance to stimulate our sexual senses in such a publicly acceptable way.

It’s a bold move for Camden council to go against the grain and classify burlesque as sexually explicit as a lap-dancing joint. It could be an early sign of a shift in values; a step towards a tainted image of burlesque.

Perhaps it’s natural that anything slightly risqué will attract dissenting comment. Take striptease itself – today its reputation is far from cultured, but when it was first pioneered in wartime Britain it was considered an art form. The Whitehall Follies, for instance, were one of the UK’s earliest acts, founded in 1942. They were a huge hit and described by theatre critics as a breath of fresh air for embattled Britain.

Or consider nude photography. It originated as a stylised depiction of the human body. The artists’ aim was to show off the female form, not to make their subjects sexually suggestive. The original concept seems to have been lost on today’s photographers and glamour models. Is it inevitable that anything remotely taboo declines in status over time?
Alex Proud has been forced to stop the burlesque performances at his venue. “I am not going to apply for an adult licence. It’s expensive and the residents would undoubtedly object. Nor do I want the stigma of having adult entertainment status.

“What’s ironic is that since I stopped the burlesque performance, I’ve employed normal sexy female dancers. They are far more overt, far less appealing to a female audience and far more suggestive than the burlesque dancers.”

Vicky Butterfly, 25, was part of the burlesque act. “I’m a performance artist, not at all a stripper. Camden council even funded my burlesque dancing training at Central St Martins college; now they’ve taken the work away from me.
“I’ve read the legislation over and over again and I don’t see how it applies to us. We are not displaying genitalia. Many of my acts have full body suits. Legislating about what we can do with our bodies cheapens the view of sensuality.”

A spokesperson for Camden council said: “We are not preventing burlesque troupes from performing in the borough. Under our licensing policy any premises that want to offer entertainment involving nudity, striptease or other entertainment of an adult nature simply need to check with us to ensure they have the necessary approvals.”
One local authority’s enforcement of the law is unlikely to deter burlesque fans. But the row is another dent in burlesque’s reputation as a prestigious art form, and provides more ammunition for detractors who associate it with sleaze.

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