A couple of weeks ago, I took on a photography project slightly different to the bands and film events that I’m usually blogging on about.
My friend Melissa, proprietress of the designer lingerie boutique Dirty Pretty Things asked if I would come along to shoot a new striptease class that she has put together with burlesque performer Rachel St. James called Salon Burlesque.
I knew absolutely nothing about burlesque striptease, besides having a vague recognition of the types of outfits and lingerie worn by the dancers, so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect.
It was a fun evening. The emphasis of the class wasn’t so much on the striptease specifically, but more the entire experience – music, dancing, fancy costumes, cocktails… AND stripping. More like a very girly party, really. My Y chromosome felt a bit out of place.
Melissa Gallagher, hostess extraordinaire.
Gloves and feathers, tools of the burlesque trade.
I also took a quick snap of Melissa & Rachel in the Dirty Pretty Things change room.