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Topic: Exotic Dancer costumes from the 80's - partial nudity - lots of tasteful pics  (Read 17149 times)
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« Reply #10 on: February 09, 2009 07:26:53 AM »

Yup, the girls I sewed for were just one generation away from the old burlesque dancers - in fact there were still couple of older women who still used fans and 'dusters', which were akin to full length gauzy lingerie type wraps that looked awesome when twirled around in a spin. By the time I was giving up costume making because we were moving from Canada to California, most of the younger dancers were doing 'floor shows', basically showing your tonsils from the other end, simulating sex on a blanket or rug onstage. Not much dancing being done.

I loved it when girls would be taking a break from being on the road, and they would want a whole new wardrobe. I pretty much had free rein as to what I wanted to make. I'd watch them do a couple of shows to get a feel for what would work for them (can't make a tight skirt for someone who does lots of high kicks or splits!), then I'd get measurements and ask what colors or themes they wanted.

Sometimes I'd put together the whole package. One girl was entering a contest and really wanted to wow them, so I made a sequined magician's outfit - tux tails and all - made a 4-foot-tall tophat she could burst out of, and even bought and learned some simple magic tricks to teach her.

Most often, however, I'd ask what they wanted in the way of costumes and they'd say "Oh....I don't know...maybe something blue...". Not a lot of imagination sometimes, but that's how I made the big bucks.

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« Reply #11 on: February 09, 2009 10:46:42 AM »

Awesome! Cheesy

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« Reply #12 on: February 09, 2009 03:34:53 PM »

That's awesome. And truth be told you can still charge $200 for 3 hours work and use even less material!
« Reply #13 on: February 09, 2009 06:20:19 PM »

I am being completley serious when I say this: these photos are important historical artifacts and I predict will be referenced for many years to come by scenester girls trying to be the most 80's they can possibly be.

On a side note; do you ever think we will wear our thongs that high on the hip again?

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« Reply #14 on: February 09, 2009 10:39:01 PM »

you could still cater to a huge halloween market making those amazing costumes.  seems like halloween's become a lot about being sexy rather than the spooky stuff.

« Reply #15 on: February 10, 2009 02:41:25 PM »

I'm gonna have to agree with the general consensus here and say that:

80s strippers are WAY awesomer than strippers today;
that ass tan is HILARIOUS to the max; and
these almost make me want to be a stripper.

« Reply #16 on: February 10, 2009 04:29:58 PM »

hey. i feel like i need to defend todays erotic ballerinas.

we aren't all bad, and we don't all have fake ones.

but those costumes are incredible, and those photos are important historical artifacts. i really wish i'd been a dancer in the times of burlesque. there's kind of a burlesque revival, but i'm not sure it's the same.

anyway. completely awesome.
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« Reply #17 on: February 10, 2009 04:46:13 PM »

These are hilariously awesome! Great work Cheesy

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« Reply #18 on: February 10, 2009 04:55:06 PM »

80's Fabulous! Very interesting line of work you were in Cheesy

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« Reply #19 on: February 10, 2009 04:56:18 PM »

Awesome! Those are all fantastic. I especially love how all the gals are so smiley.

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