Unveiling the Art of Burlesque Fashion: How to Dress for a Night of Glamour and Seduction at the DBF

Entering the world of burlesque is like stepping into a realm where fantasy meets reality, where glamour intertwines with seduction, and where confidence reigns supreme. Whether you’re attending our lavish burlesque show for the first time or a seasoned aficionado, dressing the part adds an extra layer of excitement to the experience. Embracing the vintage allure and theatrical flair synonymous with burlesque, your attire becomes an integral part of the performance. If you find yourself looking to indulge in the art of burlesque fashion, fret not, for there are places where you can find the perfect ensemble to dazzle the audience. Satin opera gloves are the perfect pairing with a figure-hugging corset. Or let your inner Flapper loose in layered fringing,  feathers and pearls.

  1. Embrace the Vintage Vibe:

Burlesque has its roots in the Victorian era and early 20th century, making vintage aesthetics a cornerstone of the fashion. In Ireland, you can explore vintage boutiques and specialty stores that cater to retro fashion enthusiasts. One such place is “Dirty Fabulous” located in Monaghan. This boutique offers a curated selection of vintage-inspired clothing and accessories, including corsets, dresses, and embellished separates that capture the essence of burlesque glamour.

  1. Play with Texture and Fabrics:

In Ireland, you’ll find a variety of stores that specialize in luxurious fabrics and embellishments, perfect for crafting a burlesque-inspired ensemble. “Betty Bojangles” in Thomas Street, Dublin is a treasure trove of fabrics, trims, and accessories ideal for creating bespoke burlesque attire. Whether you’re looking for sumptuous velvet, delicate lace, or sparkling sequins, you’ll find everything you need to bring your vision to life. You should also check out Space Out Sister an Irish online shop with the most beautiful lingerie and vintage fancies.

  1. Find Your Signature Style:

While traditional burlesque attire exudes elegance and sophistication, don’t be afraid to inject your personality into your outfit. “Dublin Vintage Factory” in Merchants Arch, is a vintage-inspired boutique that offers a diverse range of clothing and accessories, allowing you to mix and match elements from different eras and genres to create a unique burlesque look that reflects your individual style.

  1. Pay Attention to Accessories:

Accessories are the finishing touches that elevate your burlesque ensemble from ordinary to extraordinary. “The Harlequin” in Dublin specializes in vintage-inspired accessories, from statement jewellery to feathered headpieces, adding a touch of glamour and drama to your outfit. Whether you’re searching for sparkling rhinestone earrings or a decadent feather boa, you’ll find an array of accessories to complete your burlesque look.  Charity shops are a great source of amazing accessories and vintage outfits, it may take a while to find the diamond amongst the dross, but it is well worth a little look.


Dressing for a burlesque show in Ireland is an exciting opportunity to indulge in vintage-inspired fashion and showcase your unique style and personality. Whether you’re exploring vintage boutiques or second-hand stores, seeking luxurious fabrics, or discovering statement accessories, there are plenty of options to help you craft the perfect burlesque ensemble. So, embrace the art of dressing for the occasion, and prepare to dazzle the audience with your glamour, seduction, and theatricality, Irish style. The show may be HOT, but evenings are still cool enough to step out in your favourite vintage furs, stoles, wraps and boas.

Whatever your style, unleash your inner Burlesque Beauties and Beaus – you’ll be in good company!