Barcelona-based designer Bibian Blue and her label of the same name is one of the international burlesque, pin up, steampunk and gothic corsetry community’s greatest jewels; like a rare and unique diamond hand-cut to perfection in a pile of rough stones.
Started originally in 2000, Bibian Blue’s fashion collections were instantly recognized by the European underground and by 2001 she opened a retail showroom in Spain. Fast-forward through several years of designing for several Spanish celebrities to 2007 when Bibian Blue launched her own Barcelona boutique-atelier and website.
Bibian Blue’s education in graphic design and make-up artistry is apparent when you visit her gorgeous site and her corsets and fashions are conveniently categorized for easy viewing. Click on “Burlesque” and you are sent to a page with 11 striking corset sets from “Pink Nuit”, a steel-bone, back-lace vision in dark pink, black and gold brocade and feathers with matching bolero and hand-sewn skirt for €580 to the double-lined “Cherie” under bust in pink or red glitter fabric with black ribbon and red garters for €150.
Choose “Pin Up” and have your selection of 8 rockabilly and Victorian outfits like the ”Amy”, a complete maid outfit in black and pink leatherette for €130 or the Bordeaux lace corset “Wendy Rose” for €160. Under “X-treme” fall 13 styles, from dominatrix to full fetish and in the “Glamour” section are 14 sumptuous corsets including my favorite, the Bordeaux lace “China Doll” with simply beautiful matching bolero and sleeves for a total of €470. For those committed to living in high-style, visit the “Dress Couture” section with 15 unbelievable outfits, complemented by the “Bridal” area with 4 stunning gowns.
Certainly, the prices are steep but only because they reflect the quality of design and craftsmanship in each piece, and custom orders are available. All items on the site are available internationally; the prices are in Euros and payments are accepted through PayPal, Visa, MasterCard and American Express. In-stock orders are sent immediately; otherwise there is a 3 to 6 week wait. Items can only be exchanged for other Bibian Blue creations with a valid reason and within 15 days of receipt.
If you are a Dead Celebrity, Drama Queen, Dandy Highwayman or Vegas Vampire then you will feel right at home there along with pin up girls, psychobilly cats and rockabilly swingers plus all their little kiddies. The best place for apparel that highlights individual style, a visit to any of their online or brick-and-mortar shops borders on criminal if you finish dressed exactly the same as you began.
Their original online boutique is Bali-based and is the situation for retro, punk, pin up, goth and rockabilly-everything from fuzzy dice, boots, animal prints, skull handbags, protest t-shirts, chains, plaids and skeleton motifs to cotton tartan micro skirts and accessories. Whenever you are in Indonesia vacationing on the cheap why not kick back with some Arak at Twice Bar in Sanur then step next door to shop in the cool, conditioned air of Suicide Glam’s pioneer location?
Next on the web we move to Suicide Glam Australia, which can be located on Facebook and MySpace as they update their online shop. Rock ‘n roll fashionistas prepare to get decked with options like their pinstriped Punk Rock Pants with mini leather buckles or their Cherry Daskup Dress, an off-the-shoulder cotton pencil bombshell complete with black ribbon trim and bright red bows topping the pleats. Bad-ass greasers have many printed wife beaters, T-shirts and custom-printed rockabilly short-sleeve button downs to choose from, a wide range of 50′s retro bikinis and knit wear and let’s not forget their many collectible, campy toys. Psychobilly cats and kittens touring Australian beaches from Sydney on up must take a quick stop at their store in Toukley to get some fresh threads and new ink at the same time.
Finally, their online sister-shop in Germany has tons of items not only for men, women and children but also dogs. Browse through their original Suicide Glam brand items plus other labels like Lucky 13, Stop Staring! Clothing, Pin Up Girl Couture and Rumble59. If your next visit to Würzburg, Germany is feeling a bit too baroque then swing over to Suicide Glam’s Bavarian boutique and add some retro flavor to your foreign frolic.
Playful Promises is a London-based lingerie brand specializing in whimsical undergarments of many sorts including burlesque, fetish and pin up styles that will tickle the fancy of all bold and sassy fashionistas who live life to the fullest and refuse to take themselves too seriously.
Founded in 2004 by designer Emma Parker, this brand has a little something special for every type of lady, from modern rockabilly lasses to cabaret princesses and everyone in between.
Emma’s obsession with lingerie began her first purchase, at the nubile age of 18, of a tiny, lacy G-string made up of velvet ribbon and tulle frills. Although the purchase significantly set back her entertainment budget, the confidence and thrill she received when wearing it led to a hard-core addiction to lingerie of all kinds. When she could no longer find suitable undergarments to fulfill her fashion needs she was driven to design her own eccentric and exciting assortment of fanciful underclothes that resulted in her brand.
With a huge array of different styles of bras, satin knickers, briefs and G-strings as well as garters and suspenders, Basques and corsets, stockings, sleepwear and swimwear to choose from, visitors to the Playful Promises website can easily spend a significant amount of time simply browsing through their titillating items, and while playful promises’ prices are within a reasonable range, frugal fashionistas will ransack their well-stocked sale section, which is conveniently divided by category.
Playful Promises lingerie collections are available for purchase on their online shop of the same name and on many other online and the brick-and mortar stockists, from internationally famous vendors such as Urban Outfitters and Barney’s NY to smaller boutiques like Lulu and Lush in London, Luxe Lingerie in LA and Lace Stories in Tel Aviv.
Those customers shopping directly from their website must take advantage of their sizing guide, which lists UK, US, French, European and Australian lingerie sizes so everyone all over the world can have a perfect fit. All prices are in British Pounds Sterling, including shipping costs and returns for refund or exchange are available within 14 days of purchase and subject to certain conditions. For all the latest Playful Promises updates, sign up for their newsletter to be delivered directly to your favorite email account.
Operating as both an online store and from their Saarbrücken boutique, Buy Unlike has an enormous selection of alternative clothing and other various and sundry products for rockabilly guys and girls, and kiddies plus knick-knacks, car, office and home decor.
Dine Diana is the energetic warrior definition of her Aries sign and lives her punk rock D. I. Y. lifestyle to the fullest while sharing her zest with the rest of us. She opened her first online retro clothing shop called Billiard Chick when she was still in school with just a little help from her father and a friend, then once she finished studying precision engineering and food technology she branched out on her own and started Buy Unlike.
Model: Veronika, Visa: Louisa Kunstmann, Photo: See2Feel
Outfit: Pinup-Couture, Thx to Buy Unlike
Psychobellas visiting Buy Unlike online can browse through pages and pages of clothing and jewelry from wiggle dresses, pencil skirts and pin up tops and sweaters to swimwear, pants and hot retro socks and hair clips from brands like Miss Fortune, Pin Up Girl Clothing and Rock Steady Clothing and indie designers like Jessica Louise and Micheline Pitt – Deadly Dames, to name a few. Car club greasers surfing through the pages have their abundant choice of punk rock and retro western style shirts, wife beaters, jackets, sweaters, T-shirts, pants and socks from brands like Iron Fist, Rebel 8, Sourpuss Clothing and many more.
Baby punk rockers, with help from their mommas and poppas, can strut their tiny stuff in mini-rockabilly shoes hats bibs, and onesies sporting designs from skulls to classic tattoos. Everyone can add the final touches to their look with the shoes, bags, suspenders, belt buckles, ties purses and cold weather wear offered under the Accessories section. For car style they offer hot pink fuzzy dice and faux-fur steering wheel covers, for the home and office one may purchase skull and cross bones toast stamps; buy devil duckies for the bath, ninja star coat hooks for the bedroom, retro plush pink rotary style phones for the office and much, much more.
Buy Unlike ships worldwide and accepts bank transfers, PayPal or cash on delivery or pick up. Or, come to visit their Saarbrücken store!
Gothesque.de is the solution for pin up and burlesque lovers who are tired of the vanilla fashions dominated by cute red cherries and peppy retro circle skirts and want clothing that is a bit darker, racier and more Bettie Page than Doris Day.
This Moers, Germany-based online shop is located both left of the Rhine and left of center and specializes in rediscovering female lasciviousness through their wide selection of burlesque, fetish, Gothic and pin up clothing, shoes and accessories from names like What Katie Did and Pinup Couture as well as unique, handmade items.
Their burlesque section is the real deal, and relatively inexpensive to boot. Satin bustle skirts, satin gloves, seamed stockings, plastic waist-cincher sets, and girdles to die for plus semi translucent black satin panties provide everything exhibitionist bombshell-burlesque divas need to put on a show-stopping performance every day of the week, while their large selection of handmade, one-of-a- kind nipple pasties ranging from cute neo-burlesque strawberries on white with red tassels to the Admiral’s Wife pasties in metallic gold are just what the naughty Doctor ordered.
Their fetish section is pure latex in transparent nude and purple and shiny opaque black and red: mini-skirts, corsets, long skirts and shoulder length gloves so shiny and elastic you can almost hear them snap and squeak. Afterward, why not top the whole thing off with Gothesque.de accessories like collars, hair flowers, headbands, feather fans, boas, fascinators and razor pendants? Plus, dirty divas and cheesecake pin ups alike can add flair to their hair with their hot pink or fire-red hair dye.
The Gothesque.de pin up section swings to the rockabilly side and although their selection is small each piece is smoking-hot from their rockabella SugarShock Sailor Sailor Top AHOY! and glamorous Greta Black Satin Pin Up Girl wiggle dress to their retro red swimwear.
Prices at Gothesque.de range from € 9,99 to €99,99 but most fall in the middle; a reasonable range for unique and different clothing difficult to find anywhere else. Sadly they only ship to certain countries within Europe, but if you happen to be traveling nearby, you can make an appointment to pick up an order at their headquarters in Moers. They accept a bank transfer, PayPal and cash.
Blossoming bombshells, glamour gals and modern day sex kittens can buy completely original, flirtatious, 1950s style apparel spiced up with a hint of burlesque and sewn with the highest quality fabrics by professional seamstresses at their online shop while eagerly awaiting their presence in brick-and-mortar stores around the globe.
From their distinctive “Hello Buoys” nautical-themed wiggle dress and pencil skirt line for vintage sailorettes to their “Choose Your Own Gidget Playsuit” outfit in custom fabrics of your choosing, Moxie Minx clothing is classic, timeless and distinctive with a bright and cartoon-y style perfect for pin up designs. Black and white or red and white polka dots, skin-tight tiger print skirts and nautical stripes and buttons, all such a staple in mid-century women’s clothing styles, find a refreshingly new yet authentic presentation in all Moxie Minx clothes.
Cute and fitted sailor shorts, curve-enhancing halter tops, boleros, faux stoles, and skin-tight pencil skirts like the “Burlesque Bump” in black organza ruffles on the derriere and a big red bow on top will draw everyone’s eyes to the retro ladies wearing them and are tops in comfort and construction. Their garments cost from $50.00 to over $200 in Australian dollars, a reasonable price purview for original designs and high quality fabric and construction. For international shoppers they provide a link on their site to a currency converter to help customers determine if they are within budget lines.
Currently, Moxie Minx is exclusively available from their online shop of the same name, although further expanded distribution is in the works as evidenced by their up-and-coming stockist’s page. Their sizing chart is in centimeters with inches coming soon, and custom sizing and minor alterations are available upon request for a slight additional fee. Exchanges shipped at the buyer’s expense within 10 business days of the item leaving their Australian HQ are available; returns, however, are not accepted. Shipping costs vary by destination location and Moxie Minx accepts most major credit cards and PayPal and aims to ship orders within 10 days, both within Australia and internationally.
Viven of Holloway
If you are a vintage vixen burning up the sidewalk with your cheesecake, rockabilly or World War II working-girl style, then you will absolutely love this shop. All Vivian of Holloway clothing is pure retro; designed to fit modern figures but fabricated for simple care to help make the world more glamorous place each day.
All Vivien of Holloway clothing is beyond gorgeous; from the 1950s halter neck circle dress line in satin, polka dots, or gingham to the smoking sarong dresses in print, polka dots, satin or solid color they will bring out the sex kitten without sacrificing on class.
Sharp fashionistas will love the fitted day and tea dress lines; glamour-gals will shine wearing the bombshell strap or halter neck pencil dresses. Or, shoppers may mix and match with gypsy tops and boleros, pencil and A-line skirts, pinafore trousers, capri and swing pants, shorts, playsuits, petticoats and accessories.
Vivian herself is committed to living a 1950s lifestyle and not just looking the part. She began sewing her own vintage-inspired apparel at the tender age of 10 and opened her own shop selling her hand-sewn 1950s reproduction clothing when she was just 18 years old.
She gradually climbed her way up the retro ladder until 2000 when she created the Vivien of Holloway brand line and boutique and now rockabilly gals, 1940s and 1950s fashion lovers and celebrities all over the world proudly wear Vivien of Holloway’s UK-fabricated apparel. A caring vendor, Vivien of Holloway provides their customers with detailed information on how to measure for correct sizing and care for their retro apparel this on their website.
They accept returns and exchanges within 14 days of receipt and aim for their UK customers to receive orders within 3 to 7 business days; international customers will receive clothing 1 to 2 weeks from the date of their order. Vivien of Holloway clothing can also be found in the shops all over the world such as Lady JoJo’s Boutique in Edinburgh, Bennie’s Fifties in the Netherlands and Via’s Vintage in Minneapolis.
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Easy and fun to navigate, on their website cheesecake chicks and rockabella mamas can browse through T-shirts, skirts and dresses, trousers, shorts, jackets, lingerie and swimwear as well as shoes, accessories, jewelry and a variety of gifts, art and home wares, or use their search feature.
If shopping by clothing category is too vanilla for you, then try the “My Style Is” menu, which includes options like Military Miss, Vintage Vixen and Rock Chicks, among others, or the “I Just Love” menu where you can choose between Cherries, Anchors & Swallows, Polka Dots, Skulls and more. Or, fashionistas who prefer to keep it simple can simply shop by color. Originally started as an online boutique, visitors to the UK can now also visit them at their brand-new shop in Brighton, East Sussex.
With a helpful sizing chart listing UK, U.S. and European sizes for all clothing and shoes, anyone from size 6 to size 16+ (in UK sizes) is guaranteed a curve-hugging, form-flattering fit. Returns of items in their original condition and packaging are accepted within 10 days of receipt and can be refunded or exchanged. A small operation, Dollydagger takes care to hand pick each and every item they sell and ship, but will accept returns on faulty or otherwise damaged items that sneaked past their expert inspection.
Customer friendly and open to suggestions on everything from website improvements to new clothing brands, Dollydagger ships all over the world via Royal Mail. Within the UK they process and ship orders within 1 business day and worldwide within 2. Foreign customs, taxes and import duties are not included in the shipping price. Follow their sales, events and competitions on Twitter, Facebook and MySpace or sign up for their newsletter to learn about new offers, Dollydagger DJ events and new band reviews!
Created by designer Valena Fürstenberg and based in Berlin, Germany, their sexy-yet-innocent high-quality garments are also available in brick-and mortar stores in Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic and Switzerland. If you ever happen to be on a fashionista tour of Europe you can buy Valena’s threads directly by popping in to the Pony Maedchen Showroom or the Savage Store in Berlin, the Flaming Star in Stuttgart, or by visiting Boogies in Innsbruck, Austria or Manillusion in Oslo, to name a few.
At Ponymaedchen, Valena’s designs not only pay tribute to the 1940s pin up styles popularized by Peruvian painter Alberto Vargas but to the troops who loved his girlie pictures. Here you’ll find all manner of smoking-hot pin up style army, navy and police uniforms to suit every kind of bold sex kitten for almost, but not quite every occasion. Smart and girlie retro dresses, meadow girl garments, hot vintage-style tops complete with ruffles and puffy sleeves, pencil and circle skirts with round button and ribbon details, pin up style and sailor swimsuits, plus limited edition dress designs are all available with Valena’s signature fashion style of extravagance blended with repression. Here the female-flattering cut and construction and simple, elegant and timeless designs work together to create tempting, girl-like apparel that provide each individual lady with perfect combination of innuendo and discretion. All prices are in Euros and range from 29 € for accessories to 200 € for uniforms and custom dresses.
Ponymädchen helpfully provides sizing charts online in both inches and centimeters, so customers from all around the globe can find a perfect fit. Their minimum order price is 30 € for retail and 750 € for wholesale; returns are accepted for all unworn the garments with tags intact and in the original wrapping. They accept payments through PayPal, prepayments directly through bank wire transfers and ship worldwide via land/sea or via Airmail if the customer prefers. Follow Ponymädchen on their eponymous MySpace page or sign up for their newsletter to learn about all their latest fashions and deals.
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