Burlesque: The True Art of Seduction

Tuesday, June 07, 2011


At the start of the 21st century, the vintage art of burlesque continues to enjoy a phenomenal revival around the world, with sensual performers taking over stages with their humor, glamour and sculptural curves. Over the past two decades, the United States and Canada (Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal, in particular) have shivered at the sounds and sights of delicate silks and luscious undergarments. A retro-Hollywood vibe has swept across Europe and charmed capitals like Paris, London, Rome, Amsterdam and Helsinki, and left them utterly seduced by a new generation of "effeuilleuses," the ambassadors of the fine culture of burlesque striptease.

In Burlesque: The True Art of Seduction, Michel Grondin paints a captivating portrait of this art, unveiling its birth, its revival and its newly discovered vitality. Meticulously and passionately researched, the book is a loving tribute to stars of the past and to the contemporary women of burlesque, as well as a subtle reflection of their society and times. To carry this work to fruition, Michel Grondin enlisted the collaboration of Quebec's leading burlesque star: Scarlett James, the woman with the 1950s pin-up forms and the spirit of burlesque legends of times gone-by.
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