Art class draws the line in Byron
THE BURLESQUE craze continues to sweep the world since its 1990s revival, and new incarnations of the form are flowering constantly.
It could be steampunk burlesque, grotesque burlesque, burlesque belly-dancing, or the so-called "pavement burlesque", where women parade busy inner-city intersections with provocative moves.
Burlesque lovers say it is a great way to find style, self-expression and even sexual empowerment, and for fashion lovers and those with curves it's all about the flattering vintage lingerie worn.
The latest and greatest burlesque incarnation is burlesque life-drawing and, since spreading from New York, it has found plenty of willing participants in Australia.
The brand behind the phenomenon, Dr Sketchy's Anti-Art School, has branches in every capital city of the country, except Darwin, plus bohemian beachside capital Byron Bay.
The school runs regular life-drawing nights at the Byron Bay Brewery for what is described as a "night of sultry performances, lush figure-sketching, music, prizes and decadence".
It is an open invitation for those who want to spend some quality time drawing the likeness of a laced-up goddess.
Of course, budding artists are not the only ones invited - anyone can come and stare, although having a pencil and paper might allow one the excuse of gazing a little longer.
Three experienced burlesque artists will arrive in Byron Bay for the next event on April 16, the "dazzling" Miss Lillian Lace, "scrumptious" Miss Lotte Allure, and the "cheeky" Miss Ruby Little.
They will be led by guest MC Miss Belle Benet, described as a sultry cabaret glamour-puss.
The Glove Peel
The Booty Shake / Bump and Grind
The Bosom Quiver