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Twinwood Festival 2012


So…back from Twinwood and I can safely say that it was even better than last year. I loved the fact they had a new big marquee (The Colonial Club) and although the weather forecast threatened everything from thunder storms to hail, we were very lucky!

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Kitten von Mew with Vintage Life Magazine taken by Lee Parker

I managed to meet up with some of our friends Lola Lamour, Luna Nightingale plus David Burt, Madeleine Brown, Adam Hoffman (Mr Twinwood!) plus Leanna Faulkner (Voted 2nd in the Miss Twinwood competition), Lee Parker, Shona and Twan of Heyday, the Elliots, the girls and boys from Vintage Life and even a lovely lady that I first met on The Berliner trip!

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Kitten von Mew at Twinwood 2012 taken by Mr Mew

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Shona and Kitten, both in Heyday dresses! Taken by Mr Mew

I couldn’t wait to show Shona my Mary dress that I had embroidered with twigs of oak leaves and swallows. It was taken from a 1940’s embroidery pattern that I had found and doctored. It was my first attempt at embroidery and I was proud of my efforts! Shona was wearing one of her beautiful wrap dresses and an original hat!

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The sweet taste of success. Lee Parker licking Mr Twinwood 2012. Taken by Kitten von Mew

On the Saturday and Sunday evenings I had performances in the Colonial Club, Casablanca Club and Cafe du Bois. The big marquee was perfect for my Lili Mewleen act and although there were a few technical hitches on the first night, the routine went down very well with the audience and I got super feedback!

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Kitten in her Voller’s Corset getting ready for her Lili Mewleen act!

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In the Casablanca and Cafe du Bois Clubs I did my ATS fan dance with spitfire pasties. The atmosphere was electric in these tiny clubs and it was rather hot in there too! Shame I got poorly with a migraine so missed my last performance of the weekend, but Im so glad I made it through the rest as the audiences were fabulous!

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John Miller seems to remember me….

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Worryingly he seems to remember Richard too…

We got to see the Glenn Miller Mystery film that I was looking forward to watching in the Tin Hat Club. They had done a very good job in transferring the stage play onto film and I was pleased to see that they had used the same actors too. The fact that it was set in the buildings in Twinwood made it more real and creepy. I could see this being re-made for the big screen for sure!

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Mr Mew, taken by Kitten von Mew

One thing that completely made me wobbly was the fact that Max Raabe and his orchestra was staying at our hotel! I had a few little chats with the gents and they were lovely and wanted to try and play in England more as they only came over last year. It is amazing to think they have been around for so many years, yet the British vintage market is only just tapping into their talents!

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Max Raabe and some of his Palast Orchestra with Kitten von Mew. Taken by Mr Mew

Unfortunately when I was getting ready to go over to the small clubs, they were performing, so I had to sneak out and take a bit of video and a few photos when I could!

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Max Raabe at Twinwood taken by Kitten von Mew

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Max Raabe taken by Kitten von Mew

So roll on next year! Hope you all had a great time too, I saw soooo many people dressed up and having a good time!

Lili Mewleen Act Debuted at Beltring 2012


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Lili Mewleen Burlesque Act starring Kitten von Mew, War and Peace Show 2012. Photo by Lee Parker

 

I have just received some great photos from Lee Parker of my new Lili Marleen inspired act, so I thought I would share some with you all!

My very talented Mr Mew made the lamp from scratch and I made my pasties, fascinator, train and garter. The dress once belonged to a drag queen (who has passed away, rest his soul). I stripped it of all the black ruffles, tassel trim, netting and fake boob inserts and designed it into a sleek and sexy gown with rhinestones and turquoise trimmings.

The gorgeous corset is actually from Vollers Corsets! When I did my interview for The One Show at the corset factory, I got to see some lovely designs that weren’t even for sale. I saw these zip down corsets and thought they were a brilliant idea! They are still tight lace with metal boning, but have a ‘quick release’ function with a very heavy duty, military grade zipper at the side. Determined for other corset lovers to see these unique designs, I vowed to wear one in an act to demonstrate how easy and sexily them come off! No more tangled lacing! Hurrah!
I wrote a parody of Lili Marleen as well as sang The Boys in the Backroom for Terry Elliot! You can see this act next at Twinwood Festival 2012!

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“On my lovely dress vet paint I find, I take zee car, I sink next time…” Kitten von Mew in Lili Mewleen. Photo by Lee Parker

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“I’m Lili of ze lamp light, vet paint, Lili Marleen….”, Kitten von Mew by Lee Parker

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The Vollers Corset, War and Peace Show 2012, taken by Lee Parker

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POW! Taken by Lee Parker

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Stocking Striptease by Kitten von Mew, Photography by Lee Parker

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Corset striptease, Kitten von Mew. Taken by Lee Parker

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Kitten von Mew fan dance photographed by Lee Parker