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Rosey La Rouge.  Image: Ben Trivett



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 Pasties exist because of the American legal system’s attempts to control women’s bodies and behavior. In the current political climate, where the discussion about women’s civil rights is unbelievably back on the table, the history of the pastie fits right into that debate. Burlesque has become a popular topic and (almost) mainstream art form, but the pastie is a key to the past, embedded in obscenity laws and restrictions about the display of women’s bodies that are as timely today, as they were nearly 100 years ago.The position of burlesque as a legitimate and significant part of American Theater history should be recognized, and the pastie is a testament to the fundamentally American and Puritanical roots that have directly influenced burlesque costume history.

The Pastie Project is a book by costume designer and burlesque performer Rosey La Rouge, featuring an archive of vintage and modern burlesque pasties, contributed by performers and costumers from all over the world. A costume history book of remarkable quality and original content, The Pastie Project is a must-have for costume designers and historians, vintage clothing collectors, and burlesque performers or enthusiasts. This book covers the history, pastie makers, and performers who make burlesque what it is today, and then tops it all off by teaching you how to make your own pair of beautiful pasties!

The neo-burlesque movement has embraced the pastie, and has elevated its existence, so that this significant accessory can be whatever the performer desires: ornate jewelry, a political statement, or the ultimate punchline to the artful narrative of an act. The Pastie Project celebrates burlesque’s appreciation of the body, the pasties’ impact on performance, and all levels of craftsmanship, from DIY to artistic mastery.  The Pastie Project publication was funded by a Kickstarter campaign in March of 2017.  Publication will be in June of 2017, and the book will be available for purchase on  Proceeds will be donated to The Burlesque Hall of Fame in Las Vegas.

“The only book that focuses on the burlesque pastie as a work of art, The Pastie Project is a showcase of the most beautiful breast accessories ever made. Rosey La Rouge writes with passion for the art of burlesque, and an incredible depth of knowledge on costume history and construction. Photographer Ben Trivett has captured pasties as if they are the crown jewels of burlesque.”

Rosey La Rouge is based in New York City, and has been on the burlesque scene for 9 years, performing from coast to coast. She is a professional costume designer and makeup artist with a Masters degree in Costume Design from Boston University. Rosey is currently interviewing burlesque legends about their costumes for Burlesque Beat, she blogs about the Pasties of the Week for The New York School of Burlesque,  and she is writing a scholarly monograph on the entire history of burlesque costume for Routledge/Taylor and Francis under her muggle name, Coleen Scott.

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