The leopard is an apex predator: powerful, adaptable, and challenging to domesticate. Leopard print is an apex fashion statement: powerful, influential, and difficult to ignore. As changes in the production and distribution of fashion, as well as changes in the agency of women and the restrictions of class and economy, people have had the ability to express themselves through clothing in ways unprecedented in history. Come to this lecture to learn about leopard print as a signifier in popular culture, and its meanings as sifted through the lenses of entertainment, social change, and feminism.
Jo Weldon is a burlesque performer, the founder of the New York School of Burlesque and author of The Burlesque Handbook (foreword by Margaret Cho) from HarperCollins/ItBooks. Jo and her New York School of Burlesque instructors have produced numbers for, among others, Christina Aguilera, Gossip Girl, What Not to Wear, Love and Hip Hop, Real Housewives of NY, and appeared on dozens of news shows, including CBS Sunday Morning and the Today Show. Weldon, who worked full-time as a stripper from the time she left high school in 1980, joined the world of theatrical burlesque in New York City in 1997. She blogs and publishes on the topics of stripping, sex worker rights, burlesque history and burlesque.
The open house begins at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at the Rago Arts and Auction Center in Lambertville. The talk begins at 6:00 p.m.