21st Century Burlesque Features The Pastie Project!

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A huge thanks to the most respected burlesque site and publication, 21st Century Burlesque, for the feature in March!  We appreciate the support, and look forward to sharing the book with everyone, for sale online in June! Read the article HERE!

Ice Cream Social with April March, “First Lady of Burlesque”

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It was my pleasure to spend time with Burlesque Legend April March in her home this summer, talking to her about her burlesque career and documenting some of her vintage costume pieces.  She is one of the friendiest people I’ve ever met, and our afternoon together is a memory I’ll treasure- especially our afternoon ice cream treat!  Read the full interview HERE, on Burlesque Beat. (Images: Rosey La Rouge)

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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!