Getting a Wig-gle On! Taking Care Of Your Wigs

Have your synthetic wigs gone a bit fuzzy on the end? Have they started to whiff a bit for all the wrong reasons? We caught up with Lilly Laudanum to find out how she cares for hers… If you’re like me then you will not feel complete on stage until you are wigged-up. My characters […]

Ruffling Your Feathers: All You Need To Know When Purchasing Plumes and Being a Fan of Fans!

We love them, you love them and burlesque, cabaret, showgirls and dance are heavily linked to them… Yes, we’re talking plumage today! But when it comes to buying feathers, it’s not as straight-forward as you may think. With feathers, you generally get what you pay for, and what may seem like a brilliant online auction […]

Make yourself Some Professional Pasties pt3: Getting Stoned and Other Decoration!

So, if you’ve followed our pastie making series – part one – the basics here and part two – odd shapes here, you must be itching to get at those rhinestones and decorate them! Part 3 is all about the decoration – and using your imagination too!  What you will need: To make sparkly – rhinestones, glue […]

Piercing The Veil… Why A Belly Dancer’s Prop Can Be Your New Costume Friend!

We all know that burlesque and belly dance are linked… Since belly dance first entered the Western World’s imagination at the Chicago World Fair in the 1880s (you can read about the history of burlesque and belly dance at the Chicago World Fair here) burlesque dancers have been emulating and converting the moves for our own […]

Make Yourself Some Professional Pasties pt2: Odd Shapes

If you’ve read our Pasties ‘how to’ Make yourself Professional pasties Pt 1 then you already know how to make yourself some basic (un-decorated – we’ll get onto that in the last part!) pasties with tassels… but what if you want to make some that are a more ‘specialist’ shape? Here is the low down on making […]

New Performer Tips: Thinking Big!

We know that, in everyday life, the motto is ‘less is more’. We all want to look naturally lovely, with beautiful barely there make-up, hair flowing naturally, with a gentile persona but when it comes to hitting the stage, that just isn’t going to cut it! You want that back row to see you, your […]

Costuming Your First Act

Today’s post is inspired by the ladies currently on the Bluestocking Lounge advance burlesque course. We are at the stage where talk of costume and act theme is important and the look of panic over budgets and general ‘how’, ‘what’ and ‘jesus christ! how the hell can I costume my act on a budget…’ has […]

Getting The Right fitting Bra

So here’s one for today, and something that can be very confusing… Did you know that more than half of us are wearing the wrong size bra at this very moment? And also, did you know that the tension headache you keep getting could be the result of an ill-fitting bra? This is exactly what […]

Costume Tips: Washing Corset, Beaded Costume and other ‘unwashable’ items…

So you have an amazing costume that you’ve taken ages to rhinestone and it’s smelling a bit stale after a few wears… Perhaps your corset needs a bit of a clean or your fringing is getting a bit funky. Sometimes a spritz of Febreeze will not do, as perhaps the item is stained, so here’s […]