A photo essay on the Allen Gilbert School of Undressing
, as featured in the 15 Feb 1937 issue of LIFE
Magazine (now LIFE.com). Burlesque empresario Allen Gilbert wanted to help save American marriages from the evils of ... sloppy undressing on the part of the wife. His answer? A specialized school to teach women to improve their "disrobing methodology."
At least, that's what Gilbert claimed; in reality, the school -- and the LIFE spread (you should pardon the phrasing) -- were elaborate promotions for his new burlesque revue, "Sex Rears Its Ugly Head."
"Joke or no joke, however, one thing is as true today as it was three-quarters of a century ago: whether one wants to make a buck publishing magazines, staging burlesque shows or fostering adult education, sex sells."
posted by Annie Savoy
on Jul 18, 2013 -
"Outcasts are my kind, they try harder. From strip joints to Burlesque theaters, I went on a quest and met the 'Legends', these dominating characters of the quintessential American art of strip tease. Hours of confidence on tapes, intimate photo sessions, they peel off and reveal the hidden layers of their life with throaty emotion. Their memories reflecting the memories of the land. Vietnam vets and bikers are their loyal patrons..." The Living Art Of Risqué
, a photo essay from Marie Baronnet, features portraits of former strippers aged 60 to 95, accompanied by short bio-vignettes in their own words. [NSFW; nudity] [more inside]
posted by taz
on Jan 10, 2013 -
Professor Sheila Addison was fired from John F. Kennedy University for performing in a burlesque revue.
Steven Stargardter, president of the university, said that her actions brought “public disrespect, contempt and ridicule to the university”, although she never publicized the show on campus, discussed it with students or identified her affiliation with JFK when she performed. Meanwhile, a male colleague in another department was performing at the same time in a one-man show in which he was partially nude, and he publicized his show on campus and invited students and colleagues. He was not disciplined.
posted by kyrademon
on Mar 16, 2011 -
RIP Heather MacAllister.
"Any time there is a fat person onstage as anything besides the butt of a joke, it’s political. Add physical movement, then dance, then sexuality and you have a revolutionary act.” Founder of Big Burlesque
and Venus Group, she died Feb 13 after a long fight with ovarian cancer. She was notably photographed
by Leonard Nimoy
. Multiple memorial services
are planned for her birthday, Feb 25. [some links may be NSFW]
posted by cubby
on Feb 15, 2007 -
I'm no dancer, but I'm fascinated by the Dance History Archives
. The index of dance styles
is comprehensive, and the individual entries provide everything from history to related music links. (Jitterbug
, May Pole
, The Watusi
) There's a short glossary
, an index of dancers
, a voluptuous section on burlesque
(including some great
), an archive of posters
!), and so much more
. The list of Dancer Related Celebrities
is pretty extensive (Fred Astaire
, Rita Hayworth
), although there's no Jennifer Grey
, so I guess Baby got put in a corner after all.
posted by OmieWise
on Feb 24, 2006 -