Vintage Costumes of Burlesque at the West End Museum

In 2012 Miss Mina curated an exhibit of vintage and modern burlesque costumes at the West End Museum in Boston. The display included costumes from Ann Corio, Lily Ann Rose, and Dita Von Teese, all of whom have a connection to the Boston area.

Many thanks to BettySioux Tailor, Mr. Scratch, Kaidi Williams, the staff at The West End Museum, Christopher McIntosh of C. McIntosh Photo, Carole Nelson, Lillian Keirnan Brown, Angie Pontani, Steffi Barros of Dishell Multimedia Group, Dita Von Teese, and April March.

This exhibit would not have been possible without donations from a number of people, especially the generous donations from Miss Kitty Baby, Lee and Susan Weiner, and a very generous donation from The Burlesque Hall of Fame.

The Costumes

The Performers

For further viewing

For more about Lily Ann Rose, read her book Banned in Boston: Memoirs of a Stripper.

Below are some videos of some of the costumes in action.

Ann Corio performs a striptease.

Ann Corio in This Was Burlesque.

Angie Pontani's farewell performance as Reigning Queen of Burlesque 2008.

Dita Von Teese performs Le Bain.

Miss Mina Murray performs a tribute to April March at The Great Burlesque Exposition of 2011.