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THE DOMESTIC BURLESQUE: ELSA QUARSELL. Elsa Quarsell, London, 2011. Distributed 2013 in the U.S.A. by Gingko Press Inc., Berkeley. 274 pp. with 175 col. ills. 26 x 21 cm. ISBN 9780956898302 In English.
Publisher's description: The Domestic Burlesque contains over 100 portraits and interviews by Swedish photographer Elsa Quarsell portraying burlesque performers in the full glory of their costumes, at home. Quarsell spent over two years traveling to each performer's home (from Europe to Tokyo and the U.S.), and the kitsch decor, vintage pin-up posters, and b-movie trinkets surrounding them in these portraits only add to the cultivated persona. Many of these men and women are professionals by day, but at night become directors, actors, comedians, make-up artists, and costume designers. The costumes are often painstakingly handmade; one artist sewed 5000 sequins onto a bikini. Mermaids, Bond girls, elephant women, Marie Antoinettes, Margaret Thatcher, sailors, elks, harlequin mimes, and superheroes are all captured here. In offering a glimpse into these intimate environments, Quarsell brings fantasy and seduction into the domestic sphere; ironing will never look the same.
Artist(s):Quarsell, Elsa
Indexing: Western, Europe — Sweden, Scandinavia — Post-2000 — Photography — Women Artists
Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 157492
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