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Fleur du Mal - Burlesque Artist

Random musings, inspirations, and creations from the Bad Flower of British burlesque
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

Jun 7 '14
Another post I meant to make ages back. The completed new Dancing Serpent outfit, as debuted at Southside Cabaret. The bodystocking remains the same, but the other elements of the old costume (bra, knickers, pasties, g string, shoes, headpiece and necklace) have all been replaced with the new ones. Which gives an overall effect which is both like and unlike the old one. I was going for a 1920s silent movie look (old pictures of Theda Bara and Clara Bow were my main inspiration), and I think I managed it. Although I was worried I’d look too bellydance inspired - it’s not a style of dance I do and so I was wary of giving the wrong impression

Another post I meant to make ages back. The completed new Dancing Serpent outfit, as debuted at Southside Cabaret. The bodystocking remains the same, but the other elements of the old costume (bra, knickers, pasties, g string, shoes, headpiece and necklace) have all been replaced with the new ones. Which gives an overall effect which is both like and unlike the old one. I was going for a 1920s silent movie look (old pictures of Theda Bara and Clara Bow were my main inspiration), and I think I managed it. Although I was worried I’d look too bellydance inspired - it’s not a style of dance I do and so I was wary of giving the wrong impression

Jun 6 '14
Playing with a new look

Playing with a new look

May 30 '14

I meant to upload these after they were taken, but I was too caught up in documenting my Serpent costume creation.  These are some absolutely lovely pictures from my first performance with the blue costume.  I called the act ‘I Adore’, using my usual method of taking inspiration from a Baudelaire poem (this one being unnamed, but having the first words commonly translated as ‘I adore you’) and choosing music, mood and moves to fit.  Sadly the blue dress was not ready in time for this show, and so I debuted this act as a shorter version of what will be the eventual full routine.  These lovely pictures, by Cat Marie Photographer, show how the bra, panel skirt and fans look onstage.  I was planning on uploading another shot with shows the bra with the cups removed, pasties, and garters, but it was too big for Tumblr …

May 22 '14
The final pieces for my revamped Serpent (not including the jewellery - I have a necklace and headpiece which will be added to the full look). As I said in my last post, the pasties are a pair I made years ago. They’re a simple nude lycra base, the same as I used for the blue crystal pasties, and are covered in emerald green stones with a border of emerald green AB. They’re quite a bit bigger than the pasties I’ve been making recently, because I used to believe on more coverage for greater security (whereas now I believe in strategic sizing to increase my assets). To match, I made a simple g string. It was easier than I’d imagined, although it’s not perfect. I used the fabric panel from a nude thong, cut away from the straps. Using the same gold elastic I had used to attach the green bangles to the chiffon panels, I made a continuous strap which edged the nude panel and created the side straps and y back. The result is a very skimpy thong with straps which are such a pale colour that they will look close to invisible on stage, giving the effect of a jewelled merkin with the security of a thong. Finally, I covered the nude panel with emerald green rhinestones. That was the time consuming part. The results are pretty good, I think. They’re definitely closer to classic showgirl than anything else I’ve ever made, lingerie wise.

The final pieces for my revamped Serpent (not including the jewellery - I have a necklace and headpiece which will be added to the full look). As I said in my last post, the pasties are a pair I made years ago. They’re a simple nude lycra base, the same as I used for the blue crystal pasties, and are covered in emerald green stones with a border of emerald green AB. They’re quite a bit bigger than the pasties I’ve been making recently, because I used to believe on more coverage for greater security (whereas now I believe in strategic sizing to increase my assets). To match, I made a simple g string. It was easier than I’d imagined, although it’s not perfect. I used the fabric panel from a nude thong, cut away from the straps. Using the same gold elastic I had used to attach the green bangles to the chiffon panels, I made a continuous strap which edged the nude panel and created the side straps and y back. The result is a very skimpy thong with straps which are such a pale colour that they will look close to invisible on stage, giving the effect of a jewelled merkin with the security of a thong. Finally, I covered the nude panel with emerald green rhinestones. That was the time consuming part. The results are pretty good, I think. They’re definitely closer to classic showgirl than anything else I’ve ever made, lingerie wise.

May 21 '14
I made these shoes years ago for a balloon pop act that never happened.  I also made matching pasties and a merkin.  Although I’m quite sad that the act never happened, there’s nothing to stop me reviving it in the future.  But these pieces have a new purpose; they’ll be replacing the gold under-layer and shoes now I’m revamping the Dancing Serpent outfit.  The shoes are the first pair I ever fully rhinestoned, and started life as plain teal coloured peep-toe stilettos before I embellished them.  The body of each shows in encrusted with emerald green 3mm stones, and the front platform and heel are covered in emerald green AB coated 3mm stones, to give a little contrast.  The stones, when applied so closely to each other, give a lovely scaly effect, which is perfect for a snake theme

I made these shoes years ago for a balloon pop act that never happened.  I also made matching pasties and a merkin.  Although I’m quite sad that the act never happened, there’s nothing to stop me reviving it in the future.  But these pieces have a new purpose; they’ll be replacing the gold under-layer and shoes now I’m revamping the Dancing Serpent outfit.  The shoes are the first pair I ever fully rhinestoned, and started life as plain teal coloured peep-toe stilettos before I embellished them.  The body of each shows in encrusted with emerald green 3mm stones, and the front platform and heel are covered in emerald green AB coated 3mm stones, to give a little contrast.  The stones, when applied so closely to each other, give a lovely scaly effect, which is perfect for a snake theme

May 20 '14

It is *so* difficult to get pictures of this garment. This is the best I could do. The two semi-circular panels of green chiffon were the most time consuming part. As with the blue panel skirt, cutting and pinning took forever, and the hemming was even worse - compounded this time by the fact I had to hem the straight sides as well as the curved. The green fabric is much finer and sheerer than the blue, and it’s a beautiful colour. I added the panels straight to the gold knickers (to which I also added another strip of emerald green beaded fringe at the back), attaching their middles to the straps where they meet the back panel. I then stitched the two panels together along the back straight edges, but leaving a peekaboo at the top. This creates a swagged full skirt look, framing the butt!

The green bangles were a lucky find. I had the idea to attatch the free corners of the panels to my wrists, so that when I do swishy snakey arm movements the panels move organically. I stumbled across the two bangles and thought they’d add to the eclectic jewelled look I’m creating. I attached the panels at the corners with simple loops of pale gold elastic, a similar colour to the lingerie. The finished garment is almost exactly how I’d imagined it when I came up with the idea. It will look great on stage!