Elements of burlesque have inspired many areas of the Goth scene, from dark cabaret music to flirtatious burlesque Goth (or cabaret Goth) fashion. So what is burlesque?
Well, basically, burlesque could be described as Ye Olde Striptease. Yup, in the days when showing an ankle was considered the height of slutdom, young ladies of questionable reputation performed as burlesque dancers, showcasing their curves in tightly-laced corsets, stockings and suspenders - there may even have been the occasional glimpse of a thigh. *swoons*
And how does this all link in with Goth? Well, corsets, red lipstick, black suits and fishnet stockings have been fashion staples in the subculture for a good couple of decades. And of course, the term 'dark cabaret' has come to define a music genre that has reached quite a height of popularity within the Goth scene.
Dark cabaret music is the result of combining the visual aesthetics and 'feel' of burlesque and cabaret shows with the stylings of punk and/or Goth music. The term was popularised by a 2005 Projekt Records compilation entitled Projekt Presents: A Dark Cabaret, and the stagewear of many dark cabaret performers can be credited with inspiring burlesque/cabaret Goth fashion.
Photographer: Danny Sotzny