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Burlesque is an art form, which has become synonymous with striptease though previously referred to performances in a variety or cabaret-style format.

If you’re going to be literal about it, burlesque is a medium intended to satirise or take the mickey, deriving from the Italian word burla – a joke, ridicule or mockery.

Burlexe is inspired by the fashion, the beauty and most importantly, the amazing women and showgirls who chose and choose to use burlesque as a platform to express themselves on their own terms.

Burlesque is as varied and open to interpretation as the notion of ‘art’.

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What Is Burlesque?

What Is Burlesque?

Influential Women

Burlesque is so much more than showgirls and striptease, it’s a movement and a state of mind. Discover how this exciting female-driven art form has shaped culture and society.

Latest Burlesque Basics

Illustration of showgirl with TikTok logo

TikTok Burlesque Performers To Follow 

 With over 800 million active users worldwide, video sharing social network service TikTok isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, so even if you’re not going to indulge your inner showgirl, it’s worth shortlisting TikTok burlesque performers to follow. TikTok Burlesque Performers…
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Burlesque Basics

Are you an aspiring performer? Looking for some inspiration? Or need some tips? Here’s everything you need to know about how to perform burlesque or becoming a showgirl.

Latest History


Minsky's Burlesque

Burlesque is now celebrating a centenary – here’s how the art form originated, took over the world and what it looks like today.

Latest Shows


New Years Eve Burlesque

The history of burlesque is rich with memorable shows and experiences. Here we highlight the ones that changed and challenged the status quo.

Latest Icons

Meet 5 LGBT Icons and Burlesque Pioneers

Originally founded in 1994 by American high school teacher Rodney Wilson, LGBT History Month is an annual celebration and honouring of the history of the LGBT+ community and it wouldn’t be right if we didn’t celebrate LGBT icons and pioneers…
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Dita Von Teese 2011

From original pioneers like Lydia Thompson through household names like Josephine Baker, Gypsy Rose Lee and Dita Von Teese to emerging stars like Sukki Singapora, discover the showgirl movers and shakers who inspire us.