Fabulous Femininities is a three-year research project seeking to understand the way that fabulousness and femininity are performed by burlesque club-goers via specific DIY approaches to costume. The immersive and ethnographic study will focus on a range of club events and the experiences and practices of participants (performers, club-goers, costumiers etc) in order to document, understand and theorise the transformative threshold between the everyday self and the extravagant spectacle.

The project is led by University of Leeds in partnership with Northumbria University, supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).