“This coffee table treasure serves as . . . a fitting paean to this once-forgotten generation of women.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
“Liz Goldwyn illustrates an era in classic American entertainment with hundreds of archival photographs, costume sketches and newspaper clips.” (Time)
“Pretty Things is now the most comprehensive study on the era of burlesque.” (V Magazine)
“In Liz Goldwyn’s Pretty Things, stripteasers bump and grind into the often dark reality of modern burlesque queens.” (Vanity Fair)
“The art of burlesque is lovingly documented through long-lost photographs as well as designer sketches and interviews.” (W magazine)
“[Pretty Things] celebrates the performers once dismissed as second-class citizens.” (Tatler)
Liz Goldwyn's lifelong fascination with the inimitable glamour of classic burlesque inspired her to spend the past eight years corresponding with, visiting, interviewing, receiving striptease lessons from, and forming close relationships with the last generation of the great American burlesque queeens. Goldwyn invites us to step back into an era when the hourglass figure was in vogue and striptease was a true art form.
Meet Betty "Ball of Fire" Rowland, who was known for her flaming red hair and bump–and–grind routines. (It turns out she once sued the author's grandfather, Samuel Goldwyn Jr., for using her stage name and costume in his Hollywood picture, Ball of Fire.)
Meet Sherry Britton, who, with her long black hair and curvy, trim physique, was among the most stunning of the burlesque stars before Mayor LaGuardia outlawed burlesque in New York.
Meet Zorita, whose sexually explicit "Consummation of the Wedding of the Snake" dance (performed with a live snake) and other daring performances earned her legendary status.
Goldwyn draws back the curtain to reveal the personal journeys of yesteryear's icons of female sexuality and power, restoring their legacy to an age that has all but forgotten them–despite today's resurgence of burlesque.See all Product Description
Big fat book. It would have been even better when it was hardcoveredPublished 13 months ago by loes
Great book, nice quality pictures and good paper quality, the contact is well written is a must to have if you are a performer!Published 19 months ago by Miguel Angel
I like this book alot. If you are into burlesque and what to learn more about the history behind it and how and where a performer gets their costume, shtick, etc from this is a... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Lou
There is nothing bad to be said about this book. Looks beautiful on the outside, looks beautiful on the inside. Read morePublished 24 months ago by MariaV