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Burlesque show - it's femininity and subtle eroticism

What is a burlesque show? The answer to this question is known to everyone who saw the film of Steve Entin with the same name, released in wide rental in 2010. Beautiful, spectacular women in erotic clothes, dancing on stage - that's what immediately comes to mind. Let's look at the origins of this art, how it was born and what it is today.

Burlesque show is a parody

You will be surprised, but by examining the etymology of the French word "burlesque", we learn that it is formed from the Italian burla - "joke". This art form was formed and separated into a separate dance movement long ago - in the era of the Italian Renaissance. What is the joke of burlesque?

Burlesque show is a humorous or comic presentation of serious works through completely inappropriate images and stylistic decisions. In addition, the heroes during the action dressed in costumes that were not characteristic of this image. For example, men wore dresses, and girls dressed in stockings or transparent clothes to appear in a more erotic form. Close to the burlesque is also the travesty - the process of narrating about the low in high style.


In fact, the burlesque appeared much earlier than in the 16-17 centuries of our era. The first mention of a parody dance can be found even in ancient literature. A vivid example is a parody of the Iliad, a work called The War of Mice and Frogs. The actors who portrayed the protagonists were dressed, instead of bellicose armor, in totally unseemly costumes.

In the second time, a burst of burlesque development occurred already in Italy in the middle of the 17th century. The works of Virgil's "Aeneid" and Boyard's "Love Roland" were reworked. Actresses, performing the main roles, appeared on the stage in a very frivolous manner. Then in France began to appear works, copied in the style of burlesque - the first were the "Henriade" Voltaire and all the same "Aeneid." Such popularity of the ancient work is due to the fact that "Aeneid" was highly valued by philosophers and humanists of all times.

Development direction

Since the 18th century burlesque show is more erotic dance with elements of striptease. This art was perceived by men to "cheers", but in the 20th century the burlesque went into the shadows. The world sexual revolution, a large number of erotic scenes in all films and theatrical productions, significantly reduced the interest of the audience to the almost humble burlesque.


At the moment, burlesque show - this is again a fashionable and interesting audience of art. The ubiquitous display of bare nature has revived subtle eroticism, along with vintage hats and dresses, elegant slippers, laced lace stockings.

The most famous stars of the burlesque are the world-famous Dita von Teese, Kitty Clo from Britain, our compatriot Lyalya Bezhetskaya, LaContessa from Sweden, the British Imedesty Blaise and Gwendolin Lamur, Catherine de Lisch from the USA. Many American actresses and singers (Christina Aguillera, Gwen Stefani, Jennifer Lopez) often spend fashionable Burlesque photo shoots.

Burlesque-style clothes - what is it?

If you want to add a little gloss to your style, you can easily do it. There is no need to completely update your wardrobe, perhaps, the necessary things you already have. Burlesque shows are restraint and easy eroticism, traced in every detail of the apparel. No trousers and jeans, unisex shirts and golf shoes. Forget about sneakers, ballet shoes, comfortable slippers on a flat sole. Give preference to dresses and wide skirts with podumbnikami, blouses with a turndown collar.

Familiar comfortable tights replace the lace stockings with a belt or garters. Let your shoes be on a low thin heel, but do not wear a high pin or shoes on the platform. Lingerie in the style of the burlesque show is an emphasis on a slender silhouette and femininity. Guipure, lace, openwork and velvet, tiny satin bows ... Forget about cotton and comfortable sports bras. The main thing - do not overdo it.

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