Tassel Twirling Benediction

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Shared by Jo Boobs Weldon from her pastie making workshop at Coney Island USA!

Students entering the world of tassel twirling recite this before they make their first attempts.  Special thanks to Jo for letting us document her class today, to her students, and to the talented Bettina May for capturing it all on camera!

 

The Archive

You’ve been asking for it, and now, it’s up!  A sample of our archive is posted here to give viewers an idea of how we are photographically documenting all the pasties shared with us.  The collection posted is the personal collection of Rosey La Rouge.

Photo by Ben Trivett
Leopard corduroy and Siam Red Swarovski crystals with tassels by Rosey La Rouge
Photo by Ben Trivett
Inside of leopard star pasties by Rosey La Rouge   

All photos are by Ben Trivett.  All rights reserved on written content, images and objects photographed.

 

 

 

 

Look out for this Pastie!

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Be on the lookout for this beautiful pastie image by Ben Trivett.  We’ll have buttons and stickers promoting The Pastie Project at BHOF this year, and hope you’ll spread the word!

This pastie is part of Rosey’s personal collection, and was created by Cheeky Cheetah of Glorious Pasties.  She has made hundreds of these little beauties, to help with fundraising for the Burlesque Hall of Fame, the BHOF Weekender, and getting the Legends to Las Vegas.  Thank you Cheeky!

If These Pasties Could Talk…

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Photo by Ben Trivett

We’d like to share our first official pastie picture!  This set of pasties was bought from an antique vendor, and is thought to be from the 1940’s.

These pasties are the set that sparked The Pastie Project.  It occurred to us that not only is a set of vintage pasties rare, but there is no comprehensive document on their history.  We find these beauties fascinating in all their forms, and the history behind their existence makes them even more important, as they are a costume piece that was created because of changes in the law, versus costume items made purely for characterization or beauty.

The pasties are built on a conical, light buckram form, and they look like they have been worn, as there is adhesive residue/discoloration in their interior.  The outer layer is a hand spiraled rich lavender rattail trim.  The two most outstanding qualities of this “set” of pasties are their size difference, and the fantastic accents of large crystal rhinestones, set into long, flexible wire springs.  We have never seen anything like them, and wish we knew more about their provenance.  For anyone who sees these and might know more about this set specifically, get in touch!