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Friday Fashionistas: Gypsy Rose Lee

Friday, September 21, 2012


Last night, during dinner, I watched Burlesque with my sister in law and we started talking about Gypsy Rose Lee. Then, this morning, "Gypsy" was on tv! Although I wouldn't call her a fashion icon of her day, burlesque has certainly played its part in fashion. With today's glitz and fur accessories, fashion corsets and fascinators in every trendy mall store, fans of showgirl style can all take a hint from Gypsy and other original stars of burlesque.

          "If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing slowly...very slowly"- Gypsy Rose Lee


Gypsy was born " Rose Louise Hovick" on January 9, 1911

The 1943 Barbara Stanwyck film Lady of Burlesque was based on Gypsy's mystery novel, The G-String Murders

Gypsy performed from the 1930's to 1950's and was known for her use of comedy in her act.

Gypsy had a very stressful and sad childhood, being dragged all over the country by her mother to perform in vaudeville shows.

Gypsy passed away in 1970


      "I wasn't naked. I was completely covered by a blue spotlight." -Gypsy Rose Lee




"I have everything I had 20 years ago, only it's a little lower." -Gypsy Rose Lee

Read more on Gypsy in her book, Gypsy: Memoirs of America's Most Celebrated Stripper

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5 Responses to “Friday Fashionistas: Gypsy Rose Lee”

  1. Fun post and beautiful pictures! I loved it!

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  2. Fantastic post! Gypsy Rose Lee has always been a style icon for me. I've contemplated going as her for Halloween, but felt some of my friends wouldn't get it... :/ And I just LOVE that white and black corset! Guh!

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  3. Love these beautiful photos,and in love with her costumes.what a beauty.

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  4. The words "oh-la-l"a seem like an understatement! Though I don't do burlesque myself, I do thoroughly admire and draw inspiration (if only for behind closed doors!) from the proactive, glamorous, eye-catching looks that these performers sports - and which Gypsy Lee was definitely an expert pulling off to a tee.

    ♥ Jessica

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  5. This is a FAB post, thanks for doing it! She really was so beautiful and her costumes are swoon worthy. xx Shauna

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