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showgirl Glamour

Updated: Aug 9, 2021

I top off my themewear inspiration series this week with showgirls and burlesque performers.

The showgirl genre is incredibly diverse. Burlesque performance in the last couple of decades has truly left it's seedy beginnings far in the past, and emerged as an ultra sexy and glamorous modern art form.

And there is a huge array of visual inspiration for your themewear outfit and accessories to perform with to enhance your stage presence.

Kylie's showgirl outfit is sassy and classy. Keeping the colours to tones of blue and using silver and crystal as contrasting highlights keeps this voluminous outfit from overwhelming our teeny Kylie. I love my corsetry, and this particular piece was made by Mr Pearl...a total legend in the corset community.

This Victoria's Secret outfit from 2012) is very …..... I love the feather head-dress with it's cut ostrich feather and's delicate in material and colour and the addition of gloves is nother cheeky nod to Burlesque performance.

Miss France 2016 looks every bit the Vegas Showgirl in this cracking ensemble of crystal fringe bikini and ostrich feather stole.

I really love the asymmetry of this outfit, worn by Miss Sweden in 2013. The simple block whiteness is balanced because it has great texture, ruffles and feathers en masse are a perfect foil for the mass of silver diamante flowing from the sleeve.

I had to include a mermaid inspired outfit, and this Victoria's Secrets one is a dazzler! The Clam shell costume piece is given delicacy with the clever use of transparency through the structure. The knickers are a little bland, but the bra is delicately beautiful and I love the pearly dangles that echo the pearl details and colours of the shell.


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