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February 15, 2011

Last month I had the pleasure of working on a few projects with the delightful pin-up and burlesque star – Missy Malone.

If you were at my launch event in the summer, you won’t need reminding how gobsmackingly gorgeous she is, but I figured that no-one is ever going to mind a few more images of someone who looks this good!

Vintage style burlesque portrait by Raquel Rouge of Studio Rouge

I first met Missy when I photographed her on stage at Darkteaser’s Garter Lounge on Valentine’s Day last year, and we have been looking for an excuse to work together since she helped me to launch the studio in July.

So when my client House Etc. in Stow-on-the-Wold, asked me to help create some images to promote their new line of Stop Staring! dresses, I knew I already had the perfect model…

Missy Malone models Stop Staring dresses

For a one-day shoot we got through a fair few Stop Staring! and Heartbreaker outfits, as well as some amazing hats by milliner, Mrs Charles Trevelyan.

We had a busy, but enjoyable, day with enthusiastic clients Morgana and Chris Tilling on hand and one of my fab new assistants, Francesca Hancox, making sure it all ran smoothly.

(You can read Fran’s take on the day on her blog here!)

Missy Malone model beautiful hat by Mrs Charles Trevelyan

Missy strikes a suitably classy pose in a cocktail hat by Mrs Charles Trevelyan

The week following the House Etc. shoot, Missy was back at my studio again.

As a regular model for Vivien of Holloway clothing, she works with a number of fab photographers already, so I was flattered to be asked to take a few of Missy in some rockabilly and ‘Mad Men’-style outfits from their new collection.

Missy Malone models Vivien of Holloway – photos by Rachel Spivey

So now, along with Able Grable, Stop Staring! and Heartbreaker, I can add Vivien of Holloway to the list of ‘modern vintage’ labels I have had the pleasure to work with.

If you haven’t already, I urge you to click on their names and check out their stuff.

Once all the client work was out of the way, Missy and I had a bit of time to take some images just for ourselves. Though she’s not short of quality images for her portfolio (Just check this lot out) we had great fun trying to capture the down and dirty feel of early burlesque promo images like the one at the top of this blog.

Working with such a professional model was just a joy, we had a real giggle and got some ace shots.

After an exhausting day’s shoot, the evening saw our first ever Pencils and Pin Ups night – where Missy was joined by one of my other bosom burlesque buddies – Darkteaser, fresh from starring at Dr Sketchy’s in Paris.

Pencils & Pin Ups alternative life drawing

Missy and Darkteaser at Pencils & Pin Ups (with sketches by Cassie)

It was a fab night, and nice to get a few like-minded people together to do something different with my studio space. Team Rouge’s top make-up bird, Vanessa, turned up to help make me look like a human and special thanks and admiration have to go out to our very own Sue Cameron for taking the lead and being such a fantastic drawing coach. She was amazing, as was some of the artwork that was created on the night.

(We are busy organising the next event for March, so head on over to and sign up to the newsletter and Cassie will keep you updated)

Poster for Warwickshire burlesque night Darkteaser's Garter Lounge

Looking at photos is good, watching live burlesque is better – see both Darkteaser and Missy do their thing at The Assembly in April

It isn’t all photo shoots behind closed doors and ladies-only life drawing classes though – Darkteaser is back with the Raquel Rouge sponsored Grand Garter Lounge Burlesque Show at The Assembly in Leamington Spa on 25th April – and Missy Malone is on the bill.

I’ve heard that tickets are selling fast, so if you are thinking of coming get over to The Assembly’s website and get it booked!

Missy is also appearing at her own burlesque review at The Playhouse in Cheltenham on 16th April and you can book tickets here.

I’ll be at both shows with my camera and will no doubt be posting the results on the blog.

In the meantime I now have hundreds of great Missy shots sat on my hard drive and I’m buzzing with ideas of what to do with them.

I had a meeting this week with a fantastically talented old school retoucher, who worked in the ad industry from the 1960s to the early 1990s. He’s all lined up to hand colour some prints with traditional airbrush techniques. I can’t wait to see what he does.

Watch this space.

There’s plenty more pin-up goddess goodness to come!

RS x

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