Pretty Things: The Last Generation of American Burlesque Queens

Pretty Things: The Last Generation of American Burlesque Queens


By (author) Liz Goldwyn

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  • Publisher: It Books
  • Format: Hardback | 304 pages
  • Dimensions: 228mm x 282mm x 40mm | 1,560g
  • Publication date: 1 November 2006
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0060889446
  • ISBN 13: 9780060889449
  • Edition: 1
  • Illustrations note: Black and white, and colour photographs and illustrations
  • Sales rank: 215,077

Product description

This is a visual and narrative tour through the last, greatest generation of American burlesque queens. Liz Goldwyn's lifelong fascination with the inimitable glamour of classic burlesque inspired her to spend the past eight years corresponding with, visiting, interviewing, receiving striptease lessons from, and forming close relationships with the last generation of the great American burlesque queens. The author invites us to step back into an era when the hourglass figure was in vogue and striptease was a true art form. Goldwyn draws back the curtain to reveal the personal journeys of yesteryear's icons of female sexuality and power, restoring their legacy to an age that has all but forgotten them, despite today's resurgence of burlesque. Drawing from hundreds of archival photographs, costume sketches, newspaper clippings, and mementoes that Golwyn has collected along the way, "Pretty Things" is at once a feast for the eyes, a history of the art of burlesque, and a lovingly documented tale of fleeting stardom and self-discovery.

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Author information

Liz Goldwyn has worked in fashion, art, and photography since the age of sixteen. She has been recruited by Shiseido America as a global consultant and invited by French Vogue to be their New York editor. She has produced major fashion shows and art installations, written feature articles for magazines, and designed her own collection of jewelry. Her documentary film on burlesque queens, Pretty Things, premiered in June 2005.

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"This coffee table treasure serves as ... a fitting paean to this once-forgotten generation of women." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review) "Liz Goldwyn illustrates an era in classic American entertainment with hundreds of archival photographs, costume sketches and newspaper clips." -- Time "Pretty Things is now the most comprehensive study on the era of burlesque." -- V Magazine "In Liz Goldwyn's Pretty Things, stripteasers bump and grind into the often dark reality of modern burlesque queens." -- Vanity Fair "The art of burlesque is lovingly documented through long-lost photographs as well as designer sketches and interviews." -- W magazine "[Pretty Things] celebrates the performers once dismissed as second-class citizens." -- Tatler