In the world of entertainment and glamour, vintage showgirls have always reigned supreme and are a constant source of inspiration for many creatives, including the team here at Scarlett Gasque. These iconic performers dazzled audiences with their charisma, style, and magnetic stage presence, becoming style icons and sex symbols for generations. The magnetism of vintage showgirls continues to captivate us, making it no surprise that many people want to recreate their timeless looks in 2023.
Join us as we explore the fascinating world of vintage glamour showgirls, highlighting five legendary showgirls and sharing tips and tricks on how to emulate their mesmerising style. We'll delve into their distinctive style, hair, and makeup, so you can channel their vintage allure and embrace your inner pin-up star!
Josephine Baker, the daring jazz sensation of the 1920s, broke boundaries with her magnetic performances and unconventional style. Known for her risqué banana skirt dance, Baker epitomised the spirit of the Roaring Twenties and became an avid civil rights activist in her later years. To dress like Josephine Baker, opt for flapper-style dresses with fringes or sequins. Short, sleeveless dresses with a drop waist and a touch of sparkle will capture the essence of her era. Don't forget to accessorise with long pearl necklaces and a statement headpiece, such as a feathered headband or a cloche hat.
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Baker's signature hairstyle was the Eton crop, a sleek, short bob that perfectly complemented her bold personality and stunning facial features. Consider getting a wig or styling your hair to achieve this iconic look. Emulate Baker's smoky eyes and ruby-red lips by using a dark eyeliner to create a dramatic cat-eye effect, and choose a deep red lipstick for a glamorous finish.
DITA VON TEESE
Dita Von Teese, often referred to as the "Modern Queen of Burlesque," has brought vintage glamour into the 21st century with her sophisticated, sultry style and hypnotising burlesque performances, including the famous martini act. To capture Dita's modern pin-up look, go for vintage-inspired lingerie, corsets, and high-waisted briefs that have a little bit of gothic edge. Incorporate classic, structured dresses with pencil skirts and fitted bodices into your wardrobe. Choose outfits in rich, dark colours like black, red, and deep purple to exude an air of mystery. Dita's trademark is her luscious, jet-black hair with retro waves. Use hot rollers or a curling iron to achieve those glamorous, cascading curls. Finish the look with a deep side part and a classic hair accessory, like a delicate hair clip or cute beret hat. Focus on achieving a flawless complexion with porcelain skin, no self tanner needed for this look! Dita often opts for a bold, red lip paired with meticulously lined cat-eye eyeliner. Don't forget to emphasise your brows and add a touch of rosy blush to complete the look.
GYPSY ROSE LEE
Gypsy Rose Lee, the legendary burlesque performer of the 1930s and 40s, was renowned for her wit, charm, and unique brand of humour. Gypsy's style was a mix of glamour and cheekiness. To dress like her, combine elegant evening gowns with playful, embellished gloves, and feather boas. Sequined or beaded dresses with a hint of drama will make you feel like a vintage vixen. Gypsy's hairstyle was classic and glamorous, featuring soft, loose curls and waves. Use a curling wand or hot rollers to achieve these luscious locks. Top it off with a sparkly hairpin for a touch of allure.
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Opt for a timeless makeup look with smokey eyes, long, full fluttering lashes, and a bold and bright red lip. Emphasise your eyes with false eyelashes and winged eyeliner for that extra touch of drama.
Sally Rand, the enchanting fan dancer of the 1930s, was known for her graceful performances that showcased her fan and dance skills. To channel Sally Rand's mysterious aura, choose delicate dresses adorned with opulent lace and sequins as well as sheer lingerie sets for a truly glamorous look that highlights your figure.
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Her iconic fan dance featured large feathered fans, so consider incorporating these into your outfit or accessories. Go for soft, romantic waves with a touch of vintage glamour. Achieve this look using a curling iron and set the waves with hairspray to ensure they last throughout your performance. Create a dreamy, otherworldly look with a soft, neutral eye makeup palette and a nude lip. Keep the focus on your eyes and radiant complexion for a timeless, ethereal appeal.
Tempest Storm, the sultry burlesque icon of the 1950s, exuded sensuality and allure. Her performances were a celebration of femininity and glamour. Embrace the seductive style of Tempest Storm with figure-hugging, satin dresses in bold, vibrant colours like emerald green, royal blue, or fiery red. Add a touch of drama with sequins and feathers to capture her magnetic stage presence. Tempest's signature hairstyle was a cascade of fiery red curls. To replicate this look, use a curling iron to create voluminous waves. Opt for a fiery red wig or dye your hair for an authentic touch. Focus on bold, smouldering eyes with dark eyeshadow and mascara, paired with bold red lipstick. Tempest's makeup exuded confidence and charisma, making her a true temptress of her time.
Showgirls from the 20th century have left an indelible mark on the world of entertainment and style. By emulating the distinctive fashion, hair, and makeup of these iconic performers, you can capture the timeless glamour and charisma that continues to captivate audiences to this day. Whether you choose the daring mystique of Josephine Baker, the modern sophistication of Dita Von Teese, the playful charm of Gypsy Rose Lee, the ethereal grace of Sally Rand, or the sultry sensuality of Tempest Storm, you'll be stepping into a world of vintage elegance and enchantment that never goes out of style. So, embrace your inner pin-up star and let your vintage beauty shine!
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