Vintage: Burlesque in the 1950s

Vintage: Burlesque in the 1950s

Burlesque is nothing short of an art form. Performers both male and female combine the most explosive aspects of costumery, dance, comedy and theater in a type of live entertainment that, of course, places nudity on a pedestal. Dita Von Tesse and World Famous BOB have turned the tassel-friendly genre of performance into an evolving practice that challenges everything conventional – from gender politics to sexuality and the public’s perception of the naked body.

Bump And Grind

Bikini-clad burlesque dancer Brenda Conde shows some moves backstage at the Tivoli Theatre, Mexico City circa 1950. (Photo by Three Lions/Getty Images)

Burlesque Dancer

Burlesque dancer Gloria Knight in a two-piece stage outfit, circa 1950. (Photo by Diaz & Rogers/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Young And Former Tiger

Burlesque dancer Lonnie Young in a bikini decorated with flowers, circa 1950. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Mary Mack Reclines

Burlesque dancer Mary Mack reclining on a chaise longue, circa 1950. (Photo by Bruno/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Gypsy Rose Lee

American actress and burlesque entertainer Gypsy Rose Lee (1914-1970), circa 1950. (Photo by Pictorial Parade/Archive Photos/Getty Images)

Lili St Cyr 1952

Striptease artist Lili St. Cyr is seen during her nightclub act at Club Samoa in New York on August 10, 1952. (AP Photo/Ed Ford)

Back Stage

Bikini-clad chorus girls circa 1952 in a burlesque show relaxing backstage at the Tivoli Theatre in Mexico City. (Photo by Three Lions/Getty Images)

Lili St Cyr 1953

Burlesque artist Lili St. Cyr pulls on stockings during a rehearsal of her interpretive dance for the three-dimensional short film “Carmenesque” on January 23, 1953 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ellis R. Bosworth)

Censorship In Theater 1953

Members of a civic group opposed to burlesque shows picket the Reade Paramount Theater on June 28, 1953 in Long Branch, N.J., to protest the opening of the theater for burlesque entertainment. The opening show went on as scheduled. (AP Photo)

Glamor in Striptease

Left to Right in this split photo, actresses and burlesque entertainers Margie Hart, Lili St. Cyr, and Gypsy Rose Lee were all were showcased at Boston’s Old Howard Theater on November 25, 1953. (AP Photo)

Tempest Storm Removing Bra

American burlesque stripper Tempest Storm removes her bra while performing on stage in 1954. (Photo by Grahic House/Getty Images)

Tempest Storm On Stage

American burlesque stripper Tempest Storm wears a sheer bra with strategically-placed sequins while performing on stage in 1954. (Photo by Grahic House/Getty Images)

Blaze Starr

Portrait of American burlesque performer Blaze Starr circa 1955, wearing a bikini and high heels, sitting on a patio and holding up a beach ball to her lips. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The Cat Keeps Cool

Burlesque dancer Lilly Christine keeps herself cool with a fan as she waits for her cue to go on and perform her famous voodoo inspired “Cat Dance” circa 1955. (Photo by Three Lions/Getty Images)

Son Of Sinbad Lili St Cyr  1955

Striptease artist Lili St. Cyr appears in a scene from Howard Hughes’ “Son of Sinbad” in June of 1955. (AP Photo)

Bluebell Girls

Molly Dexter on stage at the Lido in Paris with the Bluebell Girls in 1957. (Photo by Express/Archive Photos/Getty Images)


British actress Joan Collins, right, rehearses a provocative dance for her role in the film, “Seven Thieves”, with technical advisor and real-life burlesque queen Candy Barr in Hollywood, California on August 20, 1959. (AP Photo)

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