Stripper Talk #11: Costuming?

Author of Stripper Talk, Sydni Deveraux

Hello world! It’s Stripper Talk time again! This is a place where I field questions and answer them to the best of my ability, hopefully giving anyone who’s interested in burlesque some insight.

This week’s question comes from Cherry Bombshell in New Zealand:

“Hi Sydni,

Firstly, I’d like to say that I think you are an inspiration – love your work and a huge fan of your blog.

I have a question… I’m a newbie to burlesque – did some classes, entered a competition and won – now have my first official gig lined up and another competition to look forward to.

I am buzzing with wonderful ideas for shows, but there is one thing that I find tricky – the costume.

I get stuck because for weeks I will be trying to find a costume that will work with my idea (New Zealand resources are extremely limited), then by the time I have it sussed my costume, the gig deadline is looming and I have to rush to put together a routine, but I’m finding it really hard, dare I say it, almost impossible to plan a routine with an imaginary dress/costume on.

 I keep researching my favorite US performers and they all have exquisite costumes.

I am juggling a full-time job running my own business as well as a blog and in my downtime am trying to build a burlesque performance career. I have trouble deciding which order to do things in – do you think of an idea, find a costume, then plan the routine? Do you have any tips or contacts for sourcing costumes?

Thank you in advance for your tips.

x
Cherry Bombshell”

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Bio

Classic Striptease Artist Sydni Deveraux hails from Seattle, Washington. She has performed internationally and in such acclaimed shows such as The New Orleans Burlesque Festival, Amsterdam Burlesque Festival, The Slipper Room, Moisture Festival, Seattle Erotic Arts Festival, Seattle international film festival, Tease-o-Rama and of course-the “superbowl of burlesque”-Exotic World (also known as) The Burlesque Hall of Fame.

Miss Deveraux has performed in shows that have also featured Catherine D’Lish, Dirty Martini, Michelle L’amour, Tigger!, Lily Verlaine, Waxie Moon, Roxi D’Lite and the REIGNING Burlesque Hall of Fame’s (2011) Queen Of Burlesque- Miss Indigo Blue!

With beautiful exotic features, and at a statuesque and very leggy 6’2″, she is one of the tallest established performers in the business. Sydni’s charming performance style is an entertaining mix of wit, finesse and sophisticated musicality.

“The Golden Glamazon” is a trained jazz singer, host, teacher of performance and burlesque privately and through Miss Indigo Blue’s Academy Of Burlesque. As a producer of over 100 successful shows over the last few years- including Seattle’s longest running weekly review with a rotating cast “Burlesque Behind the Pink Door” (in The historic Pike Place Market)- Sydni Deveraux has been a fixture in the burlesque community for over 6 years.

Voted one of 2010’s TOP 100 Burlesque Entertainers in the world by 21stcenturyburlesque.com!