Thursday, May 29, 2014

Video review of The Burlesque Handbook and Victorian Secrets

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Title:  Victorian Secrets: What a Corset Taught Me about the Past, the Present, and Myself
Author:  Sarah A. Chrisman
Genre: Non Fiction
Pages: Hardboack 246 pages
Publisher: November 1st, 2013  by Skyhorse Publishing
Reviewer: Cerridwen

Victorian Secrets: What a Corset Taught Me about the Past, the Present, and Myself

On Sarah A. Chrisman’s twenty-ninth birthday, her husband, Gabriel, presented her with a corset. The material and the design were breathtakingly beautiful, but her mind immediately filled with unwelcome views. Although she had been in love with the Victorian era all her life, she had specifically asked her husband not to buy her a corset—ever. She’d heard how corsets affected the female body and what they represented, and she wanted none of it.However, Chrisman agreed to try on the garment . . . and found it surprisingly enjoyable. The corset, she realized, was a tool of empowerment—not oppression. After a year of wearing a corset on a daily basis, her waist had gone from thirty-two inches to twenty-two inches, she was experiencing fewer migraines, and her posture improved. She had successfully transformed her body, her dress, and her lifestyle into that of a Victorian woman—and everyone was asking about it.In Victorian Secrets, Chrisman explains how a garment from the past led to a change in not only the way she viewed herself, but also the ways she understood the major differences between the cultures of twenty-first-century and nineteenth-century America. The desire to delve further into the Victorian lifestyle provided Chrisman with new insight into issues of body image and how women, past and present, have seen and continue to see themselves


The Burlesque Handbook

Title: The Burlesque Handbook
Aithor: Jo Weldon
Genre: Non Fiction
Pages: Hardcover 272
Published: June 1st 2010 by It Books
Reviewed: Cerridwen

The Burlesque Handbook is the essential manual to understanding and performing both classic and neo-burlesque. Written by Jo Weldon, award-winning founder of the New York School of Burlesque, this book features easy-to-follow suggestions and exercises for developing stage-worthy confidence, presence, and sexiness. You'll learn about the fabulous makeup, costumes—including pasties!—moves, grooves, and attitudes of burlesque. The Burlesque Handbook is the must-have guide for everyone interested in this vibrant and wildly popular performance art, providing inspiration and practical information that readers can take straight from the page to the stage




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