Razzle Dazzle ‘Em ~ Sparkling Showgirl Costumes


Dita Von Teese

The glittering spectacle of showgirl costumes can run the gamut from extreme highs to tacky lows, but I thought it would be fun to focus on the styles that are over-the-top, super stylish and dazzling.  If you’ve watched one of these costumes being performed in during a live performance, you understand the importance of sparkle, movement, and the occasional ostrich feather plume.

There seems to be a fine line between burlesque and showgirl style, but by definition a showgirl is “a performer in a stage entertainment show intended to showcase the performer’s physical attributes, typically by way of revealing clothing, toplessness, or nudity” whereas burlesque can be a variety show that includes striptease.  Regardless of defining a category, I think we can appreciate the glamorous costumes created for both types of performances.

This post contains a little mix of old and new showgirl styles, as well as contemporary designs that are available to purchase.  From sparkling tear-away bras, to crystal-encrusted garter belts, there’s a little something for everyone here!

I’m curious; do you have a favorite era of showgirl style? Share in the comments!

Miss Mosh as featured on Lingerie Briefs as featured on Lingerie BriefsCreepyyeha

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Glorious Pasties via Etsy as featured on Lingerie Briefs

Glorious Pasties via Etsy

Lana Turner in The Prodigal Lana Turner in The Prodigal

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Gene Kelly in the Folies Bergere, 1970s Gene Kelly in the Folies Bergere, 1970s

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Sina King (photo Joel Devereux) as featured on Lingerie BriefsSina King (photo Joel Devereux)

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Zeigfeld Follies Zeigfeld Follies

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