Academia Goes Burlesque

Hello everyone,

Dr Jacki Willson, the principal investigator on the Fantastic Femininities project, will be delivering a keynote at Academia Goes Burlesque: on the Queer Impact of the, Popular and Sexual Culture this month. She will be delivering the academic keynote there on “A Holey Maternity Bra, Threadbare Slippers and Three Fabulous Wigs: Burlesque Costume as Transformative Threshold”. I had the pleasure of chatting with Jacki about her talk the other day and got a little bit of a sneak preview – it sounds amazing and I hope everybody at the seminar enjoys it.

There will be a showing of both our Fantastic Femininities (2023) and Exotic World and the Burlesque Revival (2012) at the seminar. The latter is directed by Red Tremmel who will also participate in a question and answer session with Jacki. It’s a brilliant line-up so I thought I’d share one of my favourite promotional images for the film here to celebrate. Every time I see it, I am struck by how glorious a moment it is.

Until next time!


A performer stands with their arms aloft. In front, text reads: Fabulous Femininities.

Fabulous Femininities: A Cinematic Journey Into Burlesque

Hello everyone!

My name is Daisy and I’m the new assistant on the Fabulous Femininities project. I’ll be looking after a couple of things including social media so you’ll see me pop up in a few places from now on 🙂 One of my responsibilities will be this blog and where better to start things off then with the amazing Fabulous Femininities documentary?

The documentary charts our three-year Fabulous Femininities project (funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council) and explores the significance of burlesque for the community and the importance of costume. It was filmed by Slate and Mortar and features the very brilliant Dominus von Vexo and his House of Allure; Trixie Blue and her House of Trixie Blue; Medusa Has Been; Night Petrichor; Lady Blue Phoenix; Remy Brandee and our own Dr Jacki Willson.