Tuesday, February 24, 2009

The State of Burlesque

The latest victim in the recession maelstrom is sexy lingerie. In a story on how Victoria's Secret is suffering, but Playtex and Maidenform are going strong, a consumer psychologist said: "Consumers are in the mood for basics - just as they're letting go of the frilly extras at the grocery store, they're also passing it up when it comes to lingerie. Practical, basic, trusted, timeless - these are the types of products that feel satisfying to consumers right now."

If sexy and frilly is out, is burlesque feeling the pinch? Have you made changes to your routines or performance schedules based on the economic downturn? Have you noticed any change in your audience or ticket sales? Let us know.

6 comments:

Tanya Cheex said...

On contraire, our shows are over capacity. I think our audiences need to feel good in bad times and burlesque is the perfect escape!

Burlesque Daily said...

We are rockin. Burlesque is inexpensive high quality entertainment--and so are the classes! We are so busy it's unbelievable.

GirlPartiesPDX.Com said...

Yah it's definately on the uprise! I'm adding a weekly show now in addition to running a monthly show, and this is a small town, and they're busy! You're right people want a good laugh, escapismn, something to feel human and let go of worries and concerns. Burlesque shows do all that and cheer people up I see it all the time!

Kati St Clair said...
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Kati St Clair said...

In times of trouble, communities often band together and flourish. To be part of a movement lifts people's spirits.

Burlesque lives!

Anonymous said...

There's no reason why it should, the period of the Great Depression was in many ways the golden age of burlesque and the start of 'pin up girls' in how we celebrate those images today.

As this goes on, frugality will get boring and the desire for practical frills will be ascendant.