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Valentine Burlesque Hugglescotes and Kisses

February 17, 2010

As I’ve mentioned here before, one of my roles in life is the ‘official photographer’ at Darkteaser’s Garter Lounge in Leicestershire. As last Sunday night was the first event since I started my little blog, it’d be rude not to write a few words and post a few pics.

Burlesque star and model Missy Malone photographed by Rachel Spivey

One of the burlesque scene’s brightest stars – the gorgeous Missy Malone

Burlesque performers backstage at Darkteaser's Garter Lounge

Peski DeVille | Bam Bam Blue with Friday Blues – Some of my favourite moments happen backstage

I first met Darkteaser when I was looking for willing models to practice on and she was the very first to volunteer. I have photographed her number of times for various things, including Adixxtion Designs, Dolly De Lash and Able Grable, but when she announced she was putting on her own night and wanted me to sponsor it, I was more than happy to get involved.

Darkteaser and Jay | The Screaming Eagles

Darkteaser and Jay behaving in a suitably bawdy fashion | The Screaming Eagles

Hugglescote, a small town outside Coalville, isn’t the first place you’d think of for an evening of glamorous entertainment, but the venue – a splendid old working men’s club – boasts an irresistible faded grandeur which couldn’t suit the mood better.

Burlesque performer Lexi Sexx photographed by Rachel Spivey

Lexi Sexx – recreating 1950s Las Vegas in the wilds of Leicestershire

Burlesque performers Darkteaser and Bam Bam Blue photographed by Rachel Spivey

The hostess of the whole damn show – Darkteaser | Bam Bam Blue feeling (ahem) horny

This was the fourth Garter Lounge I’ve done and every time they get better. The performers are always stunning and the environment – muted creams and greens backstage and the red and gold of the stage area – all make for some great, timeless images.

Burlesque performers Missy Malone and Friday Blues on stage photographed by Rachel Spivey

Feathers, tassles and pasties – could this photo be any more burly? | Friday Blues in full on tease

Burlesque performer Peski De Ville on stage photographed by Rachel Spivey

Peski DeVille just before she started eating the fire

Male performers at Darkteaser's Garter Lounge burlesque night photographed by Rachel Spivey

It's not just all about the girls! Compere El Kapitan, organ grinder Professor John Finney and vocalist Stage Door Johnny

Shooting Garter Lounge is something I do for the love though I’m sure it all gives me cool points with my boudoir customers. Now I’m able to share them here too. I’ll also be putting the whole set up on Flickr at some point, so follow me on Twitter and I’ll let you know when they’re up.

Burlesque star Missy Malone as cupid photographed by Rachel Spivey

The End!

Hope you like.

RS x

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