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Vintage Burlesque

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Pat Dean Smith “Showgirl” pink satin and ostrich-feather dance gown from An American in Paris. (MGM, 1951) Elaborate pink satin long skirt with internal bustle, rhinestones, and ostrich feather accents, together with bikini-style top with ivory lace and ostrich feathers, designed by Orry-Kelly for Walter Plunkett. Worn by featured extra Pat Dean Smith as one of Georges Guétary’s pink showgirls for the “Stairway to Paradise” musical number in An American in Paris. Internal label marked “1507 Pat

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Carmela (Rickman) - The Sophia Loren of Burlesk: vintage 8x10 photo Carmela was a divorced mother of two working as a waitress in Washington DC, when she decided to give burlesque a try.  Eventually she signed with Sol Goodman, who was also Blaze Starr agent and the owner of the 2 o’clock Club in Baltimore, MD.  Originally Carmela had danced under the moniker “The Torrid Twister”, but Goodman suggested they capitalize on her resemblance to Sophia Loren.  Carmela was known for her muscle ...