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Fleur du Mal - Burlesque Artist

Random musings, inspirations, and creations from the Bad Flower of British burlesque
Jul 28 '14

Finished shirt. I like my t shirt customisations to look a bit raw and unfinished so I just hack at them and ignore things like hemming. I chopped off the sleeves, made the neckline lower (front and back), and chopped about six inches off the bottom. That resulted in most of the team losing their legs, but I can’t do overly long shirts. I then went completely open backed, cutting two tie straps at the bottom to pull in at the waist, and cutting the rest of the back fabric away in diagonal lines. It’s not gone quite the way I wanted it to - I should have brought the back neckline down lower and pointier, meaning the rest of the open back would have been cut away lower and creating a sort of cross shape. Trouble is, I can’t go back and redo that. But I think this lools alright, and it’ll be great in this hot weather!

Jul 28 '14
Tonight’s little project, because I’m bored … I got this X-Men shirt a while back and I’m going to customise it. It’s a men’s fit, extra small, and as you can see, not particularly flattering. It’s so tricky to get girls’ fit superhero shirts that don’t have some sort of irritating ‘I want a super-boyfriend’ theme!

Tonight’s little project, because I’m bored … I got this X-Men shirt a while back and I’m going to customise it. It’s a men’s fit, extra small, and as you can see, not particularly flattering. It’s so tricky to get girls’ fit superhero shirts that don’t have some sort of irritating ‘I want a super-boyfriend’ theme!

Jul 26 '14
Freaky sexy is here again #burlesque #costume #costuming #customisation #showgirl #beadedtrim #fringe #rhinestones #sparkle #bling #sideshow #freakshow#freakgirl #cabaret

Freaky sexy is here again #burlesque #costume #costuming #customisation #showgirl #beadedtrim #fringe #rhinestones #sparkle #bling #sideshow #freakshow#freakgirl #cabaret

Jul 25 '14
Bikini project done! The black beaded trim has been replaced with some beautiful red trim. It’s much heavier than the black and gives a more opulent feel. The tiny hearts on the ends of the beaded fringes are cute, but the outfit doesn’t look twee. The clear crystals have been replaced with rows of 3mm siam rhinestones. The black chain fringe is still there. 

I’m really happy with how this has turned out. Red and black are my signature colours, so I hope this can become an outfit I regularly use for my sideshow/magic work. The first act I plan to use it for is freaky sexy, and involves blood …

#burlesque #costume #costuming #customisation #showgirl #beadedtrim #fringe #rhinestones #sparkle #bling #sideshow #freak #freakshow #freakgirl #blackbikini

Bikini project done! The black beaded trim has been replaced with some beautiful red trim. It’s much heavier than the black and gives a more opulent feel. The tiny hearts on the ends of the beaded fringes are cute, but the outfit doesn’t look twee. The clear crystals have been replaced with rows of 3mm siam rhinestones. The black chain fringe is still there.

I’m really happy with how this has turned out. Red and black are my signature colours, so I hope this can become an outfit I regularly use for my sideshow/magic work. The first act I plan to use it for is freaky sexy, and involves blood …

#burlesque #costume #costuming #customisation #showgirl #beadedtrim #fringe #rhinestones #sparkle #bling #sideshow #freak #freakshow #freakgirl #blackbikini

Jul 24 '14
Progress so far #burlesque #costume #costuming #customisation #showgirl #beadedtrim #fringe #rhinestones #sparkle #bling

Progress so far #burlesque #costume #costuming #customisation #showgirl #beadedtrim #fringe #rhinestones #sparkle #bling

Jul 23 '14
Tonight’s project is a revamp of this little beauty. I made this years ago for an agency gig I was freestyling and gogoing at. Like all good customisation jobs, it started with a well constructed foundation. This lovely black bikini fits perfectly, and the details like ruched cups and swooping straps add a little vintage interest. The trouble with the black-on-black colour scheme is that it’s hard to show the trim I added. There is traditional chain fringe along the underwires, and in three rows along the back of the bottom, to create a lovely shimmy effect. There is a subtle beaded trim along the tops of the cups and around the front of the waistband. The whole thing is finished off with 4mm crystals. Since I made it though, I’ve loved it well, and the beaded trim is disintegrating and the crystals are shedding. So it’s time for change!

Tonight’s project is a revamp of this little beauty. I made this years ago for an agency gig I was freestyling and gogoing at. Like all good customisation jobs, it started with a well constructed foundation. This lovely black bikini fits perfectly, and the details like ruched cups and swooping straps add a little vintage interest. The trouble with the black-on-black colour scheme is that it’s hard to show the trim I added. There is traditional chain fringe along the underwires, and in three rows along the back of the bottom, to create a lovely shimmy effect. There is a subtle beaded trim along the tops of the cups and around the front of the waistband. The whole thing is finished off with 4mm crystals. Since I made it though, I’ve loved it well, and the beaded trim is disintegrating and the crystals are shedding. So it’s time for change!

Jul 23 '14
Finally I have an excuse to buy and use this lovely trim! It’s been taunting me from the haberdashery for ages! #burlesque #showgirl #sewing #costume #costuming #customisation #beadedtrim #fringe

Finally I have an excuse to buy and use this lovely trim! It’s been taunting me from the haberdashery for ages! #burlesque #showgirl #sewing #costume #costuming #customisation #beadedtrim #fringe

Jul 2 '14

A while back Simon and I did a photoshoot with Keigo Kato. Here’s the new look Uneasy Alliance

Jun 9 '14
The final touch to be made on the ‘I Adore’ costume is the adding of the glitterballs to the ruffle boa. These are simple polystyrene balls, with a hole made through the centre, and threaded onto the ends of the boa. I used the old primary school method of PVA glue and pots of loose glitter to cover them (before I put them on the boa). I originally intended to have two balls on each side, a dark blue and a light blur. However, you can see from this picture that the lighter glitter doesn’t cover as densely as the dark, even with multiple coats. I may replace them with silver, depending on how experiments go. But for now I have one dark blue glittery ball on each end of the boa, positioned about two feet in. I really like them as an accent, and they individualise my boa nicely

The final touch to be made on the ‘I Adore’ costume is the adding of the glitterballs to the ruffle boa. These are simple polystyrene balls, with a hole made through the centre, and threaded onto the ends of the boa. I used the old primary school method of PVA glue and pots of loose glitter to cover them (before I put them on the boa). I originally intended to have two balls on each side, a dark blue and a light blur. However, you can see from this picture that the lighter glitter doesn’t cover as densely as the dark, even with multiple coats. I may replace them with silver, depending on how experiments go. But for now I have one dark blue glittery ball on each end of the boa, positioned about two feet in. I really like them as an accent, and they individualise my boa nicely

Jun 8 '14

Of all the pictures I’ve Tumbld recently, the one which has had the most notes is the simple selfie with the grey lipstick. I’m taking this as a sign to carry on with that look