Burlesque/Vintage Costume Designer: Stephanie Ludwig

Stephanie is a one of my role models for sure! I was her intern 2 years ago, and she showed me a world filled with rhinestones, feathers, and pasties. 😀  Her work is tantalizing and she used to dance with Hop Swing & A Jump back in the day!

I asked Stephanie to share her story about how she came about making costumes, here is piece from my interview with her:

I was inspired to make show/dancer costumes after I saw a really terrible burlesque show in 1999. The dancers’ costumes were falling off at all the wrong times, besides looking really cheap and badly made. I was attracted to the idea of reverse engineering – making clothing to meant to peel off effortlessly and the fact that I coud work with fun materials like sequins and beading. I kept the idea in the back of my head until I finally contacted a burlesque dancer to offer my costuming services. She encouraged me to just join her troupe and make costumes for myself, which I did. My first costume was a pearl bead embellished bra and belt, which I still love. I’ve made many costumes since – my favorite burlesque costumes are the Marie Antoinette piece and the blue satin corset outfit.

Sephora’s Crazy Horse Makeup Line

I haven’t found much information on this line, but from the looks of things, this was only available in Europe. Did anyone see this in the States?

So a little run down on these products which are named after the legendary show Le Crazy Horse in Paris, France.
1. Pasties in the signature shape of lips 2. False Eyelashes 3. Makeup bag in the shape of the famous sofa used on tables and designed by Dali 4. Stunning Red Lipstick 5. An iridescent powder for the eyes and body; and 7. a small vibrating duck with a cap (removable of course!), nod most famous painting in the show!

Ooh Dita

I just signed up for Dita’s mailing list, since after posting a few pics of her the other day, it occurred to me that I would like to see her perform live more often, and maybe her mailing list had her tour schedule in it. So anyway, I’m on the list now, and ooh err, the emails you get are full of pretty pictures! Here’s a few that have glided into my inbox…