BURLESQUE
THE ART OF TEASE


It`s not about revealing, but concealing. The striptease dancer doesn`t simply whirl her naked body on a pole or perform a grinding lap dance. She teases the audience with a hope of glimpsing some skin, usually stopping short of full exposure.

Despite the more in-your-face antics available in strip clubs and on video store shelves, burlesque entertainment is seeing a revival. Old style, eroticism can be found in neo-burlesque stage shows throughout the world.

Here are just a few of these delightful performers and the subjects of this exhibition.



DITA VON TEESE

The undisputed queen of burlesque, is iconic to this revival with her signature Martini glass and feather dance routines.

Charles Willmott was invited to London's Erotica 2006 as accredited artist, where this series of studies and oils featuring top of the bill Dita Von Teese was conceived.

`Dita commented of the fantastic opportunity to bring burlesque to the mainstream... her performances were absolutely sensational`

DITA VON TEESE (1)
 
Original study in graphite & oil on vellum paper 
Image size 45 x 57 cm 
Catalogue No. S642 
FOR SALE 
Price : £ 1 271.00 GBP 

 (click to enlarge) DITA VON TEESE (2)
 
Original study in graphite & oil on vellum paper 
Image size 45 x 57 cm 
Catalogue No. S643 
FOR SALE 
Price : £ 1 271.00 GBP 

 (click to enlarge) DITA VON TEESE (3)
 
Original study in graphite & oil on vellum paper 
Image size 45 x 57 cm 
Catalogue No. S644 
FOR SALE 
Price : £ 1 271.00 GBP 

 (click to enlarge) DITA VON TEESE (4)
 
Original study in graphite & oil on vellum paper 
Image size 45 x 57 cm 
Catalogue No. S645 
FOR SALE 
Price : £ 1 271.00 GBP  

...also available as a Limited Edition Print.

 (click to enlarge) DITA VON TEESE (5)
 
Original study in graphite & oil on vellum paper 
Image size 45 x 57 cm 
Catalogue No. S646 
FOR SALE 
Price : £ 1 271.00 GBP  

...also available as a Limited Edition Print.

 (click to enlarge) DITA VON TEESE (4)
 
Original oil on canvas 
Image size 90 x 90 cm 
Catalogue No. OC187 
FOR SALE 
Price : £ 5 509.00 GBP 

 (click to enlarge) DITA VON TEESE (5)
 
Original oil on canvas 
Image size 90 x 90 cm 
Catalogue No. OC186 
FOR SALE 
Price : £ 5 509.00 GBP 

 (click to enlarge) DITA `LA BASQUE ROUGE (1)`
 
Original study in graphite & oil on vellum paper 
Image size 43 x 60 cm 
Catalogue No. S616 
SOLD

 (click to enlarge) DITA `LA BASQUE ROUGE (2)`
 
Original study in graphite & oil on vellum paper 
Image size 43 x 60 cm 
Catalogue No. S617 
SOLD

 (click to enlarge) DITA `THE SILK GLOVES`
 
Original study in graphite & oil on vellum paper 
Image size 43 x 60 cm 
Catalogue No. S618 
SOLD

 (click to enlarge) DITA `THE LACED CORSET (1)`
 
Original study in graphite & oil on vellum paper 
Image size 43 x 60 cm 
Catalogue No. S619 
SOLD

 (click to enlarge) DITA `THE LACED CORSET (2)`
 
Original study in graphite & oil on vellum paper 
Image size 43 x 60 cm 
Catalogue No. S620 
SOLD

 (click to enlarge) DITA `LA BASQUE ROUGE (1)`
 
Original oil on canvas 
Image size 70 x 90 cm 
Catalogue No. OC189 
FOR SALE 
Price : £ 5 085.00 GBP 

 (click to enlarge) DITA `LA BASQUE ROUGE (2)`
 
Original oil on canvas 
Image size 70 x 90 cm 
Catalogue No. OC188 
FOR SALE 
Price : £ 5 085.00 GBP 

 (click to enlarge)




VIENNA LE ROUGE

The Florodora girl who pays tribute to the popular beauties that once graced the most famous theatre in 1900 `The Florodora` Although born and raised in Seattle, the city of Vienna is the place of her deep family roots and from where she took her name.

Always stylish, always elegant Vienna Le Rouge evokes a bygone era of satin boudoirs and classic elegance with just a hint of the Ziegfeld Follies. Her gorgeous costumes studded with Swarovski rhinestones complete that vintage look. Vienna tours mostly with a troup but is shown here in solo performance.

VIENNA LE ROUGE (1)
 
Original study in graphite & oil on vellum paper 
Image size 43 x 60 cm 
Catalogue No. S626 
FOR SALE 
Price : £ 1 271.00 GBP 

 (click to enlarge) VIENNA LE ROUGE (2)
 
Original study in graphite & oil on vellum paper 
Image size 43 x 60 cm 
Catalogue No. S627 
FOR SALE 
Price : £ 1 271.00 GBP  

...also available as a Limited Edition Print.

 (click to enlarge) VIENNA LE ROUGE (3)
 
Original study in graphite & oil on vellum paper 
Image size 43 x 60 cm 
Catalogue No. S628 
FOR SALE 
Price : £ 1 271.00 GBP 

 (click to enlarge) VIENNA LE ROUGE (4)
 
Original study in graphite & oil on vellum paper 
Image size 43 x 60 cm 
Catalogue No. S629 
FOR SALE 
Price : £ 1 271.00 GBP  

...also available as a Limited Edition Print.

 (click to enlarge) VIENNA LE ROUGE (5)
 
Original study in graphite & oil on vellum paper 
Image size 43 x 60 cm 
Catalogue No. S630 
FOR SALE 
Price : £ 1 271.00 GBP 

 (click to enlarge)
VIENNA LE ROUGE (1)
 
Original oil on canvas 
Image size 80 x 100 cm 
Catalogue No. OC177 
FOR SALE 
Price : £ 5 933.00 GBP 

 (click to enlarge) VIENNA LE ROUGE (2)
 
Original oil on canvas 
Image size 80 x 100 cm 
Catalogue No. OC178 
FOR SALE 
Price : £ 5 933.00 GBP 

 (click to enlarge) VIENNA LE ROUGE (3)
 
Original oil on canvas 
Image size 80 x 100 cm 
Catalogue No. OC179 
FOR SALE 
Price : £ 5 933.00 GBP 

 (click to enlarge) VIENNA LE ROUGE (4)
 
Original oil on canvas 
Image size 80 x 100 cm 
Catalogue No. OC180 
FOR SALE 
Price : £ 5 933.00 GBP 

 (click to enlarge) VIENNA LE ROUGE (5)
 
Original oil on canvas 
Image size 70 x 90 cm 
Catalogue No. OC185 
SOLD

 (click to enlarge)
VIENNA LE ROUGE (6)
 
Original work in oil on gessoed paper 
Image size 45 x 60 cm 
Catalogue No. OP271 
SOLD

 (click to enlarge) VIENNA LE ROUGE (7)
 
Original work in oil on gessoed paper 
Image size 45 x 60 cm 
Catalogue No. OP272 
FOR SALE 
Price : £ 1 525.00 GBP 

 (click to enlarge) VIENNA LE ROUGE (8)
 
Original work in oil on gessoed paper 
Image size 45 x 60 cm 
Catalogue No. OP273 
FOR SALE 
Price : £ 1 525.00 GBP 

 (click to enlarge)




ADORA

In contrast the captivating burlesque and pop troop ADORA are committed to redefining femininity in the 21st century with their bourgeois cabaret and sizzling routines.

Again during his visit to Erotica 2006 at Olympia Charles met the glamorous ADORA gals : Rebecca Parker, Anna Harmsworth and Emma de Vees.

`They`ve worked with some of London`s top choreographers and have written songs in collaboration with Bellissima, as their high octane performance shows... thanks Rebecca, Anna and Emma, you`re stunning!`

ADORA GALS (REBECCA 1)
 
Original study in graphite & oil on vellum paper 
Image size 45 x 57 cm 
Catalogue No. S637 
FOR SALE 
Price : £ 1 271.00 GBP 

 (click to enlarge) ADORA GALS (REBECCA 2)
 
Original study in graphite & oil on vellum paper 
Image size 45 x 57 cm 
Catalogue No. S638 
FOR SALE 
Price : £ 1 271.00 GBP 

 (click to enlarge) ADORA GALS (ANNA 1)
 
Original study in graphite & oil on vellum paper 
Image size 45 x 57 cm 
Catalogue No. S639 
FOR SALE 
Price : £ 1 271.00 GBP 

 (click to enlarge) ADORA GALS (ANNA 2)
 
Original study in graphite & oil on vellum paper 
Image size 45 x 57 cm 
Catalogue No. S640 
FOR SALE 
Price : £ 1 271.00 GBP 

 (click to enlarge) ADORA GALS (EMMA)
 
Original study in graphite & oil on vellum paper 
Image size 57 x 45 cm 
Catalogue No. S641 
FOR SALE 
Price : £ 1 271.00 GBP 

 (click to enlarge) ADORA (1) REBECCA
 
Original oil on canvas 
Image size 90 x 90 cm 
Catalogue No. OC181 
SOLD

 (click to enlarge) ADORA (2) ANNA
 
Original oil on canvas 
Image size 90 x 90 cm 
Catalogue No. OC182 
SOLD

 (click to enlarge) ADORA (3) EMMA
 
Original oil on canvas 
Image size 100 x 90 cm 
Catalogue No. OC183 
SOLD

 (click to enlarge) ADORA (4) ANNA
 
Original oil on canvas 
Image size 70 x 90 cm 
Catalogue No. OC184 
FOR SALE 
Price : £ 5 763.00 GBP 

 (click to enlarge)





Of course there are many other talented and enthusiastic performers tramping the boards and strutting their stuff...

As part of his research Charles met many burlesque performers and visited the haunts where they apply their trade... places like London`s Lost Society, The Candy Box, The Glee Club and of course the famous Café de Paris.

`Without exception, the personalities, the performers and the audiences of this re-emerging genre are interesting and real people and I thank them for allowing me into their unique world... the few studies here, perhaps show this is likely to be an ongoing!`

KITTIE KLAW

International burlesque star and founder of the Ministry of Burlesque (MOBS) and who recently broadcast a burlesque special on TV`s hit show WAGS Boutique.

KITTIE KLAW (1)
 
Original study in graphite & oil on vellum paper 
Image size 43 x 60 cm 
Catalogue No. S621 
FOR SALE 
Price : £ 1 187.00 GBP 

 (click to enlarge) KITTIE KLAW (2)
 
Original study in graphite & oil on vellum paper 
Image size 43 x 60 cm 
Catalogue No. S622 
FOR SALE 
Price : £ 1 187.00 GBP 

 (click to enlarge)


AMBER TOPAZ

Saucy singing starlet performing burlesque cabaret with her killer curves and show girl splendour.

AMBER TOPAZ (1)
 
Original study in graphite & oil on vellum paper 
Image size 43 x 60 cm 
Catalogue No. S623 
FOR SALE 
Price : £ 1 187.00 GBP 

 (click to enlarge) AMBER TOPAZ (2)
 
Original study in graphite & oil on vellum paper 
Image size 43 x 60 cm 
Catalogue No. S624 
FOR SALE 
Price : £ 1 187.00 GBP 

 (click to enlarge) AMBER TOPAZ (3)
 
Original study in graphite & oil on vellum paper 
Image size 43 x 60 cm 
Catalogue No. S625 
FOR SALE 
Price : £ 1 187.00 GBP 

 (click to enlarge)


MISSY MALONE

A trained stilt walker and trapeze artist wooing the crowd with her Vaudeville style `Bride of Frankenstein` extravaganza...

MISSY (1)
 
Original study in graphite & oil on vellum paper 
Image size 43 x 60 cm 
Catalogue No. S633 
FOR SALE 
Price : £ 1 187.00 GBP 

 (click to enlarge) MISSY (2)
 
Original study in graphite & oil on vellum paper 
Image size 43 x 60 cm 
Catalogue No. S634 
FOR SALE 
Price : £ 1 187.00 GBP 

 (click to enlarge) MISSY (3)
 
Original study in graphite & oil on vellum paper 
Image size 43 x 60 cm 
Catalogue No. S635 
FOR SALE 
Price : £ 1 187.00 GBP 

 (click to enlarge) MISSY (4)
 
Original study in graphite & oil on vellum paper 
Image size 43 x 60 cm 
Catalogue No. S636 
FOR SALE 
Price : £ 1 187.00 GBP 

 (click to enlarge)

and

CHRISTINA AGUILERA

...need one say more!

CHRISTINA AGUILERA
 
Original study in graphite & oil on vellum paper 
Image size 43 x 60 cm 
Catalogue No. S632 
FOR SALE 
Price : £ 1 187.00 GBP 

 (click to enlarge)





`I wasn`t naked. I was completely covered by a blue spotlight`
- Gypsy Rose Lee -




 
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