How to Look Fabulous at a Burlesque Show: Top 10 Tips and Tricks

At every Burlesque Idol show comes ‘The Best Dressed Competition’ 

It’s an age old question: What to wear on a night out that will get me noticed  and make me feel fabulous.  Going to a Burlesque Event is one of those occasions where not only anything goes, but where you can really show originality and bring your own unique personality into the limelight!  

We asked the Fairy Godmother to our Burlesque Idol contestants and costume maker extraordinaire Serine Daou her top 10 tips

How to dress for Burlesque?!

1. Pull out all the stops! : Glamour, glamour, glamour is the key.  Red Carpet Sexy.  Remember, classic is fashionable these days, so a simple floor length dress with all the accessories will go down a storm.

 2Recycled: This is a great opportunity to re-wear or re-style a wedding dress, bridesmaid’s dress or cocktail dress that only had one outing.  Have a tweed suit that you haven’t worn in a while? Why not take all of these items to your dressmaker, and get her to re-vamp the outfit to make it more wearable for nights out.  I’ve taken a men’s 3 piece suit and re-made it into a halterneck corset, wiggle skirt and Victoriana jacket.  Anything is possible!!

3.  Retro Doll: There are so many amazing stores now stocking 40s and 50s clothes in all sizes, from sailor style dresses to rockabilly skirts.  Don’t be afraid of stepping out in retro underwear, either, as this could be a fabulous look! (Think 40s housewife: silk stockings, hair in curlers and  scarf, girdle, bullet bra and kimono) Whatever you do, don’t forget to accessorise your look with the right hairstyle and make-up because this puts the icing on the cake.

 4. Dancing Queen:  Think of all those iconic outfits from the movies:

Flashdance - cut-off sweats, legwarmers

Dirty Dancing - fishnets, dancing heels, crop top and knickers

Saturday Night Fever - 70s halterneck and some platform wedges Grease - Shiny leggings and a leather jacket

Fame – Leotard, sweats and 80s side ponytail!

Footloose - Denim, miniskirt and cowboy boots

5. Office Chic If you’ve just clocked off and headed for wine o’clock, then the world is your oyster.  The best thing you can do is unbutton your shirt a little (or a lot!), stick a well fitting corset over your pencil skirt, a handy fascinator in your hair, and don’t forget that glass of wine in your hand! Perfection!

6. Flip it Upside-down! If it is winter be daring and wear a summer dress. If it is summer, cover yourself from head to foot in the most luscious velvet gown you can find.  The best thing is that there are no rules, as long as there is glamour, you will always win!

7. Avoid Costume Cliches:  Just because you’re at a Burlesque event, this does not give you an excuse to wear your latex nurses outfit.  Of course this would be more than acceptable if done well, with plenty of accessories and with much humour.  Be careful that you don’t end up looking tacky. 

8. Quality Quality Quality!!! Whatever style you choose, there is no worse give-away than an ill-fitting dress or corset.  A couple of centimetres adjustment here or there can make all the difference.  Always get the best fitting corset that you can afford.  I can not stress this enough.  A good corset is made with several layers of thick fabric, stuffed with sprung steel boning.  It feels heavy, and fits to flatter your curves.  If you have more than a D cup, this may be a challenge.  If you can afford it, get your corset made: one sumptuously fitted corset is worth more than a wardrobe stuffed with off the rack cheapos.  If you’re going to pay a few hundred pounds for a sumptuous brocade corset, go the extra hog and see if you can have it made precisely to fit„ you’ll be surprised how many corsetieres will be ready to negotiate with you on style and price.  Plus, if you get something specially made, you’ll know that no one else has a design or fit like it. 

9. If in doubt, just take it all off!  A good pair of fishnets, your best high heels and a corset (this goes for the boys too, I do like a chap in corset and heels)…

10. A Note for the Chaps:  Moustachioed Steam Punk – YES! Waistcoats and hats – YES!  Rockabilly Retro – YES! Cuban Heels and a Patrick Swayze swagger – Most definitely YES!!  Jeans and a T-shirt – no no no.  We expect our men to be well turned out, whether Cary Grant Smooth, or Hippie Art School with big glasses and braces, there is nothing more attractive than a man who makes an effort to look suave.  

Miss Luna Peach Talks to The House of Burlesque

Last Friday saw the launch of Burlesque Idol Season 5!! So, there is no better time to have asked 2013’s Winner Miss Luna Peach about her time in last years competition…

How did you hear about Burlesque Idol?
I had seen Tempest Rose perform and been to a couple of her House of Burlesque nights, which blew me away. When I started Burlesque I knew I had to do this competition! 

What is your favourite memory from the night?
How wonderful everyone was, my fellow performers, the judges, the audience. It was just such a lovely atmosphere on stage and off. 

What is your worst?
Walking to the bus after the show and not being allowed to wear my tiara!!

What do you think it was that won over the audience and judges?
My act has a bit of clowning at the beginning so I can play around a bit, be a bit silly and really engage with the audience. I have a lot of fun when I’m on stage and I think this comes across, so the audience can have fun too. The rude balloons help as well, gives them something to remember you by!! 

Do you have any advice for our 2014 contestants?
Enjoy it!! Be true to yourself and what your strengths are and own that stage! The Burlesque Idol audience are the best audience to perform in front of so have some fun. Also, listen to what the judges have to say. They know what they’re talking about and give some great advice so use it. 

What have you done since winning Burlesque Idol?
I’ve been busy performing and also creating a new cabaret night with Bebe Van der Belt, which we’ll be launching properly this year.

Has winning affected your career?
Definitely. I got booked for 3 upcoming gigs on the Saturday after winning the final so it certainly made a difference! I’ve made some great connections in the Burlesque world because of this competition and It’s a great thing to have on your Burlesque CV! Highlight of last year (apart from winning Burlesque Idol) was doing a champagne pour on stage with Tempest Rose and the Folly Mixtures, which wouldn’t have happened without Burlesque Idol!

What is your one Burlesque item you can’t live without?
Tassels and tit tape!!! I take them with me everywhere (just in case!)

And Finally, How did you choose your name?
Well, I’ve been told my best feature is my peachy derriere…so it was natural that I was a peach. Luna is Italian for moon…so all posterior related! (cheeky!)

The next Burlesque Idol Heat is February 28th at Madame JoJo’s Buy your tickets here 

If you would like to follow in the footsteps of Miss Luna Peach and apply to compete in one of our heats and win your place in our November 2014 Finale - Find information here or email


SERINE DAOU will already be known to avid Burlesque Idol fans and past contestants, as she has provided amazing prizes for Burlesque Idol Finalists

However, we are THRILLED to announce Serine as one of Burlesque Idol 2014’s Year Long Sponsors.

Having recently developed Silent Moon Studios, Serine is a professional Costume Fairy Godmother renown for creating some of Burlesque’s most stunning corsetry and costumes. Throughout her career Serine has mastered the skill of wrapping absolutely anything in fabric, from furniture to female curves. She loves anything sparkly and is a firm supporter of cleavage (the higher the better!). She has appeared on ‘Come Dine With Me’ in 2012 and also features regularly on BBC Radio Berkshire. She has been known even to fit various DJs into one of her corsets. 

In addition to providing a bespoke costume to the winner of Burlesque Idol 2014, this year as a special treat, Serine will provide a gift package to the winner of each heat. The lady herself will also be backstage, providing costume help, advice and will be available to stitch all contestants into their costumes and send them out in the nick of time, looking sensational.

We will be keeping you updated on Serine’s blog, as she will be sharing her work with us, including updates of the bespoke costume being made for 2013’s winner, Luna Peach

A beautiful example of Serine’s work, on one of Burlesque Idol January’s Contestants,  Hermione Lynde

 The lady herself at work

                                      WELCOME SERINE!!

Opening at The House of Burlesque!

We are offering a part-time apprenticeship as a Costume Assistant for The House of Burlesque. Looking for someone with a fascination with Burlesque who would like to work with one of the leading companies in London. Organisation, Punctuality and Attention to Detail are a must, as you will be working with items belonging to the company. In exchange your travel expenses will be covered and you will have unlimited access to all classes at the House of Burlesque Academy - Position would be suited to someone looking to begin a career in Burlesque. 

Email applications detailing your suitability for the role and interest in burlesque to Bettie Blush -

Burlesque Idol Sponsor Feature: Kiss Me Deadly - Lingerie for Femme Fatales

A long time partner of HOB and Tempest Rose’s personal sponsor KMD has been a firm supporter of the Burlesque Idol Winner for years. Once upon a time a woman went on a long search for a good suspender belt set … and ended up with a vintage inspired retro lingerie brand designed for femme fatales; glamorous, sensual and intelligent women with just a hint of danger. KMD is the first port of call for anyone wanting a 6 strap suspender belt with metal clips, there are now girdles, cinchers, corselettes, basques, stockings, bras and a retro swimwear collection. Kiss Me Deadly also has one of the most thought provoking and interesting Blogs on their website under the title of diary as well as a tumblr blog filled with gorgeous pictures! 

For our Burlesque Idol Grand Finale Kiss Me Deadly will be donating our winner a £250 gift voucher to spend. Feast your eyes on some gorgeous KMD treats below.

Full collection at



Burlesque Idol Sponsor Feature: Sh! Women's Erotic Emporium

Our gorgeous friends at Sh! have honoured us by coming on board as Grand Finale Sponsors this year. The first female sex shop in the UK, Sh! Women’s Erotic Emporium was established on 1st April 1992 as an antidote to sleazy sex shops and has since trail blazed the way for the whole of the sex industry to take a giant u-turn in how it views women’s sexuality.

Hailed in the press as “true pioneers” (The Observer Magazine) “ground-breaking” (Time Out) and “the best sex shop for women” (Time Out) , their mission has always been to create a comfortable, welcoming and informative atmosphere for women to browse and buy sex toys on line and in their London store, where guys are welcome to visit “as a guest” of a woman.

Sh! also hold an exciting array of erotic classes and workshops you can sign up to… which have included a burlesque class taught by HOB’s Tempest Rose! 

Sh!’s policy is clear:

"We treat all womens’ sexuality as equal; so whether you are single, married, co-habiting or divorced, straight, lesbian or bi, in your 20’s 30’s 40’s 50’ 60’s 70’s or 80’s (our oldest customer so far is 88!) a mother, disabled, a survivor of cancer, like to swing from chandeliers or prefer the missionary position, you’ll always be welcome at Sh!"

We are very lucky to announce that not only will Sh! be providing the Burlesque Idol 2013 winner with an exciting goody hamper which includes their Sh! vibe, but will also be sponsoring our VIP Goody bag… so if you haven’t grabbed your VIP tickets yet do so before they all get snapped up!

Our first featured Burlesque Idol Grande Finale sponsor is The Urban Snapper.The Urban Snapper is a creative and exciting professional photographer who is fast becoming one of the most sought after on the London burlesque scene. He has a unique and fresh style that really sets his work apart for both live and studio shoots. 

Snapper is the resident photographer for House of Burlesque covering both their main productions including Shipwrecked, The Love Show and the summer season at The Wonderground and also working on Burlesque Idol, taking those all important first live shots of the industry’s emerging talent. 
The Urban Snapper outside burlesque has a huge swathe of clients covering bands, festivals and live performances to bespoke shoots for artists, installations, film stills, not to mention commercial, business and corporate events. His laid-back style, eye for detail and energetic personality puts everyone at ease and ensures even the most camera shy feel relaxed and comfortable getting exactly what you want from your shoot.

Thrilled to be featured in Woman’s Health - Look Better Naked discussing body confidence and burlesque. Packed full of great tips and in the shops now!