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Here’s how to achieve the perfect vintage burlesque look in five easy steps.

1. Burlesque make-up

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2. A glamorous retro inspired hairdo

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3. A stunning corset and stockings

Perfect burlesque look - Dita Von Teese

Perfect burlesque look – Dita Von Teese

Try Coco de Mer, they don’t come cheap but they are worth every penny. Check out their stockings and lingerie to match your piece

4. A fabulous head piece

Try going for a statement piece. The more avant-garde and unusual, the better. Try the gorgeous ones from Coco de Mer too. If you are single and there’s no man to “gently coax”… you can always go for the ultimate fashion statement: The top hat. You can find great vintage ones on Ebay.

5. A basic burlesque class with a real burlesque star

You can have this one for free at London’s Moulin Rouge: The Wam Bam Club at Cafe de Paris. Free burlesque classes run every Saturday before the show.


The pressure to maintain a perfect figure has driven women to embrace a trend previously reserved for period dramas: the corset. The old-fashioned one-time wardrobe staple is still the simplest way to achieve a smaller waist and stomach while creating curves where they are needed.

The latest brand cashing in on this season’s hourglass trend is the Oh My Corset! company which uses the same material used in the construction of Formula 1 cars, scuba material and even mesh that holds back avalanches on the mountains to make its super-strength corsets.

No wonder it already has a host of famous fans.

Oh My Corset! is an Italian brand that was born from the idea of reinventing the old corset into a modern one using high-tech fabrics.

F1 seat fabric is a favorite due to its ability to stretch, breath and its malleability.

The latest range of corsets by Italian brand Oh My Corset uses F1 seating technology to provide stretch and shape

The latest range of corsets by Italian brand Oh My Corset uses F1 seating technology to provide stretch and shape

The corsets, which range from $500 to $1,450 and are available in Paris and London boutiques, combine the modern fabrics with detailing and materials originating from traditional Italian couture like silk, satin, wool yarns, pearlage embroideries, crystals and glass stones.

All the corsets are assembled in a factory in Piedmont, one of the only two remaining specialists working in Italy.

They use old machinery, which upholds the traditional craftsmanship and helps keep this tradition alive, but the modern fabrics plus the company’s one size-fits-all approach means less labor, less travel and therefore a more sustainable product that doesn’t take months to make.

The aim is to create a product that works hard and still keeps the wearer comfortable – no more breathing in required.