Oh Melbourne, every time I visit this energetic city I fall more in love with it. This time I went to see The Art of the Teese by Dita von Teese and it was 100% worth it. I did the same thing in Sydney 2016 when Strip Strip Hooray came to Australia.
Again, my good friend Jaimee came along too and we made a full weekend of it. Girls trip for burlesque and vintage shopping. Hell yeah!
The show was held in the Palais Theatre in St Kilda. The current building was built in 1927 right next to the famous and historic Luna Park. It’s the largest seated theatre in Australia and was the perfect backdrop for Art of the Teese.
Dita opened the show and performed four of her burlesque acts which included:
- Martini Glass
- Lazy – previously only performed at The Crazy Horse Paris, this was the newer version that she was working on.
- Black Swan
- Rhinestone Cowgirl
I was SO HAPPY to finally see Lazy and Black Swan and they were as amazing and I imagined.
Dita brought with her the wonderful Melbourne performer Zelia Rose, Gia Genevieve, Ginger Valentine, Jett Adorea and Dirty Martini. We were kindly asked by the MC to not take any photos or videos, so I listened.
On Friday morning we took a morning stroll through St Kilda and visited the St Kilda Pier and Little Blue Cafe. An absolute highlight if you’re in Melbourne.
We really wanted to visit the St Kilda Botanical Gardens and loved looking at the cute floral displays. I chose to get my #100DaysOfVlogging daily vlog done in the hothouse as well since the background was so cute.
Next up on our list was vintage store Frocks and Slacks on Acland Street. I was super hard to find, and we later found it that it’s actually a secret room upstairs above the pharmacy. We were shown upstairs and as the door opened it literally became one of those Charlie and the Chocolate Factory moments. You know the part when Willy Wonka opens the door to his candy room? It was like that, but with vintage clothing and accessories.
I bought two beautiful vintage dresses. One black and lace 1950’s evening wear piece and an Elizabeth Taylor style, long length dress.
After we were vintage shopped out, we caught an uber to the National Gallery of Victoria and saw two stand-out spaces. The first was ‘Flower Obsession’ by Yayoi Kusama. The installation recreates a furnished living space that visitors are invited to cover using special pinky red coloured flower stickers, gradually covering all of the surfaces and ‘obliterating’ them.
The second was the room of skulls by Ron Muak called ‘Mass’ and is made up of 100 individual giant human skulls.
We went to Luna Park and had a walk around – entry was only $2.00AU and provided a cool insight into the historic amusement park.
Melbourne has the best food! everywhere we walked we were blown away by the delicious eats on offer. From fresh Japanese Pork Ramen, vanilla pannacotta for dessert, crispy churros to homemade pasta, almond croissants and berry tarts. We ate it all.
It was the perfect destination for foodies like ourselves to explore on foot.
While we went to Melbourne primarily to see The Art of the Teese. The weekend away was made so much more exciting by exploring our surroundings.
Till next time Melbourne!