Features of Showgirl Go Go Looks

FEATURES OF SHOWGIRL
GO GO LOOKS

WHAT IS A SHOWGIRL GO GO LOOK?

Tina Turner, A Queen of Showgirl Go Go Looks

In this blog post, we look at key features of the fashion Babes Rage calls “Showgirl Go Go Looks.” It’s our hope that with the right ingredients, you can choreograph your own Showgirl Go Go Look. Let’s start with some keywords, ingredients, and photos to paint a picture or create a mood board. To start, scroll through some gorgeous Showgirl Go Go Looks from retro classic to contemporary iconic.

 

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KEYWORDS:

SHOWGIRL, GO GO, GLAMOUR, BURLESQUE, SHOW BUSINESS, ENTERTAINMENT, FASHION, DISCO

A Babes Rage Showgirl Go Go Look is a fashion ensemble that combines characteristics from our favorite keywords above. So much of what we love about 1960s and 70s fashion was summarized by Go Go Boot creator André Courrèges when he observed and applied the lifestyle of the 60s to fashion, “You don’t walk through life anymore. You run. You dance. You drive a car.” 

While a Showgirl Go Go Look is high glamour suitable for stages of all sizes, the “Go Go” part of the fashion allows and encourages movement while celebrating the human form. It’s high glamour fashion ON THE GO!

INGREDIENTS:

SEQUINS, FRINGE, BEADED TRIM, RHINESTONES, CRYSTALS, MESH, SPANDEX

Babes Rage member, Burlesque performer Mia Julep in a gold sequin Showgirl Go Go Look

Every showgirl knows, in show business an entertainer exudes show-stopping, eye-catching opulence on stage. Through their presence and through their costumes. Rhinestones catch light. Fringe enhances movement and creates an illusion of effervescence. Beaded trim and crystal detailing makes for majestic notions.

The ingredients of a Showgirl Go Go Look are utilized to create a desired visual effect. Sparkle, shine, glitz, glam, eye-catching, divinity. Let’s take a closer look at Showgirl Go Go Looks showcasing these “ingredients.” 

SEQUINS

Cher in the world famous “Flaming dress” by Bob Mackie. Click the photo for our Top 10 Bob Mackie Looks.

Many of the ingredients in Showgirl Go Go fashion have been utilized on garments for ages! Literally! Sequins were originally metal coins sewn onto garments functioning as a walking piggy bank of sorts.

While we’re all about fun, it’s worthy noting many of our favorite fashion trends have roots elsewhere. Such as in relation to the divine and/or as a representation of social status.

“That’s one of the reasons sequins are so popular in folk art: their bounce of light echoes the divine”. 

Click the quote to read more about the history of sequins. 

FRINGE

Contemporary star, Lizzo in a mixed metallics Go Go Look detailed with rhinestones and fringe

Fringe can be traced back to as early as 3000 B.C. Mesopotamia.

The 60s and 70s may have been the beginning of our contemporary “Go Go lifestyle,” but it certainly wasn’t the beginning of opulent fashion. Humans have been creating divine, desired effects through fashion for ceremonies, rituals, performances, in addition to daily life for centuries.

BEADED TRIM

Cardi B, an icon who utilizes Showgirl Go Go Fashion to demonstrate and celebrate status on stage and off

CRYSTALS

Mitzi Gaynor in couture by Showgirl Go Go Fashion Pioneer Bob Mackie

Nude mesh and crystal beaded trim are utilized to create an illusion of dripping crystals. Sheer opulence embodied. 

SPANDEX

A Queen of Showgirl Go Go Looks, Cher in rhinestoned form fitting spandex bodysuit with metallic knee high Go Go Boots

DETAILS

As shown throughout this blog post, Babes Rage member Mia Julep spends up to months hand beading her Burlesque costumes and Showgirl Go Go Looks
Mia Julep in Burlesque costume hand beaded by her

One of the ways to achieve an opulent, divine aesthetic is through detailing. Detailing is a labor of love. Every detailed garment has a story. A story which involves hours of tedious work and tender loving care. The divine is in the details. Take a look at some of the detailing on these fabulous Showgirl Go Go Looks.

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ACCESSORIES

A Showgirl Go Go Look isn’t complete without accessories! Accessories are what finishes the entire look. From headdresses to earrings and necklaces, a Showgirl Go Go Look is accented and tied together aesthetically by accessories paired with garments. Accessories alongside make-up and hair is where styling comes in to play. 

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THE SEQUIN MINIDRESS

Twiggy & The Rainbow Look in Ladies Home Journal, October 1967

Twiggy, the unforgettable super model who (among many iconic things) largely contributed to popularizing the mini, surely made a splash with this rainbow sequin minidress. A Showgirl Go Go Look has that get up and go sense of active glamour you can dance in!

 

Here are a few more favorite icons showing that Showgirl Go Go Looks are not only sparkly and eye-catching but perfect for moving as well. Check out these matching Showgirl Go Go Looks by none other than the incomparable, The Supremes!

And of course, we could never forget Nancy Sinatra’s flirty black sequin minidress paired with go go boots in “These Boots Are Made For Walkin.'”

Do you feel like dancing? If not, you will! Because here comes the disco era, baby!

SPARKLY JUMPSUITS AND THE DISCO ERA

Showgirl Go Go Looks continues into the early to mid-70s in the form of head to toe sequin jumpsuits. And we’re not mad about it. Check out these iconic looks!

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That was a lot of inspiration! Do you have a favorite look?  Are you ready to start choreographing your Showgirl Go Go Look? Let us know in the comments. To set the mood for your ultimate crafting session, we’ll leave you with this gem. 

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