I love the revival that traditional burlesque is experiencing here in the U.S. and abroad. That’s why I’m excited to announce that Susan Heidi Pin-Up Art is an official sponsor for Acey Slade’s Burlace Beauty Leg Show review which will take place during his upcoming ten city UK tour this May. Acey decided to spice up the time between sets with a burlesque contest and has teamed up with The Ministry of Burlesque to make sure the performers know he’s serious. One lucky winner will receive an amazine prize pack that will include an original pinup portrait created by me.
So, if you’ll be in the UK this May, go on over to the show’s myspace page and enter the contest - and lots of luck!
Glued to the sofa the other day with a fever and cough that wouldn’t quit, I caught the end of a movie on t.v. that touched my soul. Filmed in 1942, Orchestra Wives had all the trappings of old Hollywood movies filmed on set, and I loved it! The costuming was amazing….dressing gowns with feathers, fur, lace and sequins…lucy dresses worn with spectator pumps to the local sweet shoppe…gloves and hats worn by everyone…the stuff a girl’s dreams are made of…I couldn’t get enough.
Starring George Montgomery and Ann Rutherford, the plot is a simplistic view of life on the road with an orchestra. At a time when our nation was in the midst of fighting a world war, I think that’s the kind of entertainment people wanted….Good Clean Fun, as my mother would say!
I’m so excited to announce that I have set up a channel on YouTube, www.youtube.com/susanheidi to corral all my favorite videos and make them easier to share. Viewers will be able to find interviews I’ve done, clips from past shows, and my favorite how to’s on everything from Pin-Up makeup and hair to art techniques. There are a few videos up already, and I’ll be adding more in the days to come.
Aprons were a mainstay in the kitchens of housewives in the 40’s and 50’s - Who can think of “I Love Lucy” or “Leave it to Beaver” without visions of Lucille Ricardo and June Cleaver donning an apron? I’ve started work today on a pinup that is donning an apron in the kitchen - and lookin’ good!
As more of us are tighteneing the purse strings and taking on household chores, aprons seem to be making a comeback. To see what’s cookin’ with aprons, you may want to check out a new publication by Stampington & Company entitled Apronology, which “flirts with the many uses and looks of the apron”. The mag can be ordered online now and will hit newsstands in February.
Switzerland’s pinup model Zoe Scarlett (subject for my painting titled “Christmas Morn”, below) and Retro Pinup Sari, from Germany, have teamed up to do a photo shoot for Zoe’s 2009 Animal Rescue calendar. I can’t wait to see the calendar, but in the meantime, it’s great fun to watch the ladies as they document their time together as seen on Sari’s blog, The Pin up Diaries.
Jac Bowie PR & Events, Australia’s leading Burlesque, Vaudeville, & Vintage Agency, now books acts in three major cities - Sydney, London, and New York. You’ll probably want to check them out if you are looking to host an amazing Burlesque or Vintage inspired event - or even if you just want to learn more about the artists in their arsenal of acts. Viva Burlesque!
Cutting their hair into bangs may have seemed like a bold move by the retro pinups I love to work with, but they were just a little ahead of the curve. According to Instyle magazine, bangs are in with celebs, and the bolder the better. Kudos to my trendsetting lovelies!
If you’ve caught the first two episodes of Project Runway, season 5, you’ve probably noticed a standout designer/contestant Kenley Collins. I say she’s a standout because of the classic 40’s pinup girl look she sports and because her creations for the show so far are classically beautiful. What’s classic pinup about her look? Well, there’s the red lipstick, superbly coiffed hair (typically embellished with some sort of hair piece), and the Lucy dresses and pedal pushers she sports while sewing away. It’s my understanding that Kenley has her own boutique in NYC - and I’m itching to check it out! Any designer who is inspired by Gwen Stefani, Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, and Betsey Johnson - and listens to the Horrorpops is all right in my book
To read more about Kenley, you can check out a recent interview she did with Gothamist.com and view her “Project Runway, meet Kenley” video on myspace.
Every once in a while (and even more often lately) I get reaffirmation that pin-ups are in from the big names in fashion and beauty. Such is definitely the case with OPI’s Retro Summer collection of “pin-up perfect shades for summer”. I LOVE the cute red polka dot swimsuit that the model is wearing in the ad, and the cute bi-plane’s banner calling out to “retro-girls” fits the bill to the “T”. I’m not sure about all the different nail colors, but the coral and red shades seem right on target for super pin-up style, and the retro ponytail holder brings me back to when I was five years old!