Coffee Table Books #4 | Burlesque and the Art of Teese


I have really enjoyed blogging my Coffee Table Books series so far so I hope you have too! I've loved taking the opportunity to have a look through all the books on my shelf and share them with you and today's book is no exception. Burlesque and the Art of Teese features lots of stunning images of the one and only Dita Von Teese and offers an insight into her history and personality and an insight into burlesque itself. I bought this book a few years ago after seeing a Burlesque show in London and used it for inspiration for my third year photography project and my dissertation based on pin-up photography and feminism. I love burlesque because it is cheeky, fun and it's so entertaining to watch. Dita Von Teese is probably one of the most famous performers in the world so it is really interesting to read a book from her own point of view. 


This book is full of history and even has chapters dedicated to the rise of burlesque throughout the 1920's, 30's, 40's and 50's. Dita takes them time to go into a lot of detail about exactly what burlesque is and how it has developed which makes for a really interesting read if you want to know more about the industry. She also tells a lot of stories from her own experience which makes the book more personal and adds a bit of humour too.


My favourite thing about this book is that it oozes glamour and sparkles because of the amazing costumes and outfits that Dita wears. I can happily flick through the book just to look at the imagery! The photographs are bright and rich in colour and often full of luxurious fabrics and accessories. Rita's signature make up is always on point. 




In general the book is an easy one to flick through but also good for a more in-depth read. You can easily indulge in a chapter at a time over a cup of coffee and lose yourself in the decadence and rhinestones! 


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