Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Burlypedia: Lydia Thompson and the British Blondes
In the late 1860s Lydia Thompson and her British Blondes introduced burlesque to Americans. The troupe's first show was Ixion, a mythological spoof that had the performers playing men's roles in tights and what were then considered skimpy costumes. In an age when women hid their figures underneath bustles and big skirts, the British Blondes scandalized Americans and sold out theaters. Now, they look overdressed.