As you can see, her trunk is a bounty of dazzling items, sequins, beads and feathers.
|Angie's market find|
Copyright Angie Pontani
Angie was one of the first performers I saw in NYC in 2008 at This Was Burlesque at the Corio.
I loved the show so much that I returned the following weekend with a good friend from Tasmania and a group we'd met at his hostel, they too loved it so it's sad to know that the show is no longer running. But the performers, The Pontani Sisters, Melody Sweets, Peekaboo Pointe and MC Murray Hill are, so if you're looking for burlesque in the US, start googling those names!
The costumes in this entry came from a showgirl's trunk.
Most of them are unwearable, gelatine sequins which melt due to contact with water or heat, costumes so small I can barely get a foot in... So these I use for study or for guilty hoarding.
|This nude illusion playsuit has a short tulle skirt, sequined rope and plastic pearl beads|
|The sequined rope is bald in some patches, it ends in a bow on the left hand side|
|Some of the plastic beads are attached with glue, others sewn on, there is no deliberate pattern!|
|The fabric is very thin and flimsy|
|The sequined rope ends in tulle swatches|
|My favourite piece from the collection if only because I can wear it!|
Whether I find something online or on a rack, my heard starts beating just a little faster. I've gone out of my way to return to flea markets when a stall owner suggests they might have something at the back of a garage that they can pull out for the next day, I've gotten up at 3am to snipe bid on Ebay- not always sucessfully.
|I was drawn to this tunic because of the design and the colour of the sequins|
|The front is secured with small push studs.|
|The back is my favourite part. The pattern is a bit uneven which is typical of the cheaper hand made burlesque costumes of the 40s and 50s|
|Great straps and colours. The bra is very basic, I'll update with photos of the inside seams|
|Cute pants with fixed ruffle skirt.|
|Some of the leaves are sewn on, others are hand beaded straight on to the pants which are heavy, lined and fasten with a zip at the back.|
|Great little show girl bra, hand sewn, tiny fit.|
|I really like the design, the big ruffled shoulders with a tropical print, hand sewn sequins on the ruffles and bra.|
|Pink net and magenta velvet set. Jaci had multiples of this set for sale so I presume it was made for a chorus line.|
|Love the matching fringing, there is no faded patches on the velvet|
|The stitches are large and the velvet is roughly hewn|
These were from a showgirl trunk. Sold on Etsy by Jaci Brooks from California who has a collection of home made and vintage treasures up for sale including this saloon dress