Madame Risquée (WHOIS) often gets asked what you gals (and guys) should wear to a Burlesque event. besides fun and sexy corsets plus mini hats or vintage style clothing, there are more options. The madame has asked clothing shops owners about their idea what to wear and has some ideas herself:

Madame Risquée's statement on what to wear:

Dress up fancy, in costume: chique, suave, funny, funky, sexy, freaky, rock and roll, glamorous.
Themes to consider: Steam Punk, Golden Era Movie Star, Tropical, Vintage; Roaring 20s, Flashy 40s, Flirty 50s, Sexy 60s...even Risquée Renaissance! ... silent-movie, diva, glam, pin-up, masked, Hollywood... Simply enjoy dressing up.

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Burlesque Clothing Styles by Nina Young

Attending a burlesque show provides the perfect excuse to get really dressed up! Both men and women will often put a lot of effort into their outfits, and in order to look the part clothing must always have a hint of historical styling.

The art of burlesque originated from Victorian times when the steel boned corset was at the height of fashion. Burlesque performers and showgoers alike can often be seen laced into beautiful corsets, giving them the most gorgeously feminine hourglass figures. In keeping with the fashions of those times, women would not been seen dead leaving the house without a hat! A typical burlesque outfit will often include a mini hat or a fascinator, either with or without a veil. Dress codes are formal so do put your best heels on and wear accessories such as evening gloves and retro style jewels.

Another strong influence in burlesque clothing styles is the fun and flirty old fashioned showgirl look with lots of frills, flounces and feathers! A corset suits this style too and is the perfect thing to wear with your stockings, frilly retro shorts, feather bustles and ostrich feather hair bands.

If you'd rather not grab as much attention as the showgirls then why not try a 40's or 50's style dress, teamed with a matching hat showing off a style of the same era. There are plenty of modern pin up style shoes which would finish this look off perfectly.

Men can also look the part in quite a variety of different styles too, but again styles must always have an historical flavour. My personal favourite is the Victorian gentleman look, with a beautifully tailored suit and waistcoat and a grand looking hat. To make that look even more fabulous try experimenting with a touch of Steampunk. Steampunk adds fabulous elements of futuristic looking items such as brass goggles (which can be worn over your top hat rather than your eyes).

If you'd rather look a little more conservative or the event demands more chic attire then you cannot go wrong with a classic tuxedo and dress shirt, which women adore!

About the Author:
Nina has been designing and making clothes since the age of 8. Take a look at her own designs at Bite Me Couture.


Copyright of photographer Kate Robson



Fifties style

Burlesque is a flashback to the 1950s. WOII was finished and the good times arrived. The time that smoking and alcohol was healthy. The time of romantic and an explosion of very feminine fashion styles, decolleté, pencil & circle skirts with sexy stockings and high heels. Red nails & lipstick.






(shop in Amsterdam:
1ste leliedwarsstraat 6)



Nobody looks as good as you wearing a Comic Sexy dress.

Comic Sexy designs unique dresses that are comfortable to wear and make smart and independent women look even more beautiful. The dresses are inspired by 60’s club wear, uniforms, comic girls and traditional clothing. They are tailored to fit you and you alone. We use exclusive fabrics in unique colours. Visit our site and have a personal mini dress tailored for you, using our online measurement system. You can choose out of three colour combinations per design and alter the hemline.



(Online shop)

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Put on your dancing shoes!

THE shoes to wear on a burlesque-nite-out you can find at Mascolori!

Exclusive, unique and in small quantities handmade by passionate shoemaker  Pepe Milan. Mascolori offers extravagant shoes to compliment your fancy clothing.

The shoes are made with special designs, materials or even glitters so you can bring an extra twist to the clubs and theatres!





(shop: Bergselaan 265 Rotterdam, NL)

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Burlesque Burlesque...

.. It's your chance to wear your fabulous dress!! Very Cherry offers a great range of 1950's style glamour dresses, retro clothing, cutest cardigans, shoes, handbags, accessories and even your seamed stockings are easy to get!
Look fabulous and show your feminine curves, and have fun!!!!





(Online shop + shop in Rotterdam)




Historical twist

Burlesque clothing is sexy, flirty and glamourous!

Let your feminity shine in 40's/50's wobble dresses with fancy fascinators and shimmy away in the smoky spotlight of the stage.
Or give it a historical twist, like a sexy courtisane from the 18th Century, or bustle it up with a pair of pasties and a Victorian look.

Anything that sparkles, has feathers, high heels, long gloves and shows your curves can give you that ultimate Burlesque feeling!
Welcome all Femme Fatales, Bustle Ladies, Courtisanes, Mobsters and all you other creatures who fancy to shake a tail feather!


(Online shop and by appointment)

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Something more spicy

Webers Holland proposes something more spicy than the usual retro burlesque styles. Like Betty Page we like to play with fetish themes. An original mix of contemporary pvc and feather outfits by Desiree Webers, platform shoes from the USA, classic corsets, mini hats and pasties from Daisy Lee. Maybe you think it's more for the stage but we encourage you to experiment!

In our shop we stock the largest collection platform shoes and pasties (including mastix) in Amsterdam next to our pvc, leather, feather, lace, lycra, corsets and stockings collections. 


(shop in Amsterdam:  Kloveniersburgwal 26)














When you go shopping in Amsterdam
do visit these fine clothing shops too:

Bis! - Sint Antoniesbreestraat 25 - Amsterdam

Moriaan vintage clothing - 2de Anjeliersdwarsstraat 19 -

Zipper - Huidenstraat 7 and   Nieuwe Hoogstraat 8  -

Marbles - Nieuwe Hoogstraat 12  + Haarlemmerdijk 64 + Staalstraat 30 + Ferdinand bolstraat 28 FaceBook page

Diabolo - Nieuwe Hoogstraat 22 -

The End - Nieuwe Hoogstraat 29 - FaceBook Page

Hannah's Tooi - Gasthuismolensteeg 3

Vind it Vintage - 2de Egelantiersdwarsstraat 7 -

Wini Clothes etc. - Haarlemmerstraat 29 -

Webers Holland - Kloveniersburgwal 26 -

I Love Vintage - Prinsengracht -

And many more to be found via:



Back Stage (for accessories/make up)
Rozengracht 101


Daisy Lee's accessories
stall at Burlesque FreakOut and other parties
FaceBook page



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