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Pretty Things: The Last Generation of American Burlesque Queens
     

Pretty Things: The Last Generation of American Burlesque Queens

by Liz Goldwyn
 

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“The most comprehensive study on the era of burlesque.” —V Magazine

Training her journalist’s eye on the glitter and glamour of American burlesque’s Greatest Generation, Liz Goldwyn takes readers on an enthralling tour of the original queens of the striptease. Goldwyn’s incisive expose is a retrospective of the sights

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“The most comprehensive study on the era of burlesque.” —V Magazine

Training her journalist’s eye on the glitter and glamour of American burlesque’s Greatest Generation, Liz Goldwyn takes readers on an enthralling tour of the original queens of the striptease. Goldwyn’s incisive expose is a retrospective of the sights and spectacles of burlesque’s golden age—and an intimate look at the women whose sexuality, ambition, and verve brought the cabaret stage to life. Today, as burlesque enters a heady resurgence worldwide—with festivals around the globe, popular books like Burlesque Fetish and The Burlesque Handbook, and even a School of Burlesque in New York City—Pretty Things offers a unique and exciting look at its formative past and its earliest heroines.

Editorial Reviews

Time
“Liz Goldwyn illustrates an era in classic American entertainment with hundreds of archival photographs, costume sketches and newspaper clips.”
Tatler
“[Pretty Things] celebrates the performers once dismissed as second-class citizens.”
Vanity Fair
“In Liz Goldwyn’s Pretty Things, stripteasers bump and grind into the often dark reality of modern burlesque queens.”
W magazine
“The art of burlesque is lovingly documented through long-lost photographs as well as designer sketches and interviews.”
V Magazine
“Pretty Things is now the most comprehensive study on the era of burlesque.”
W Magazine
"The art of burlesque is lovingly documented through long-lost photographs as well as designer sketches and interviews."
Time Magazine
"Liz Goldwyn illustrates an era in classic American entertainment with hundreds of archival photographs, costume sketches and newspaper clips."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062011817
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
12/21/2010
Pages:
285
Sales rank:
665,175
Product dimensions:
9.94(w) x 11.18(h) x 1.19(d)

Meet the Author

Liz Goldwyn has worked in fashion, art, and photography since the age of sixteen. She has produced major fashion shows and art installations, helped establish the fashion department at Sotheby’s New York, and was a global consultant for Shiseido America. She writes feature articles for national magazines, and designs her own collection of jewelry. Her documentary film on burlesque queens, Pretty Things, premiered in July 2005 on HBO. Goldwyn lives in Los Angeles.

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